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Thursday, February 22, 2018
NATURE News: Who exactly counts as an adolescent?

 “I don’t believe the brain has an abrupt change that will determine the end of adolescence,” says Beatriz Luna, PhD, who studies neurocognitive development. Learn More

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Children with a depressed parent do better if families have social support

"Our study suggests that for fathers as for mothers, even mild symptoms of depression can impair parenting," says graduate student Lindsay Taraban. Learn More

Monday, February 19, 2018
FDA offers new path for developing Alzheimer's drugs

"We actually have a very rich and diverse pipeline" of possible drugs that could be taken before a person becomes cognitively impaired, Oscar Lopez, MD, says.   Learn More

Friday, February 16, 2018
Genes that affect dopamine pathways may predict recovery from traumatic brain injury

A "risk score" based on five specific genes shows potential for personalizing therapy to maximize quality of life after TBI, says Mark Linsenmeyer, MD. Learn More

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Zika may not be the only virus to cause brain damage in fetuses

New studies show West Nile and Powassan viruses can cause brain damage and fetal death in mice. Carolyn Coyne, PhD, urges monitoring of pregnant women where mosquitoes carry these flaviviruses. Learn More

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Months-long cognitive impairment seen after knee replacement in patients over 60

"It was surprising to observe such significant effects of orthopedic surgery on the human brain," says Haiqing Huang, PhD, co-lead author of the study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Learn More

Monday, February 5, 2018
NBC News: 5 good reasons to go outside, even when it's freezing

Reason No. 1:  It'll lift your mood because natural light raises serotonin levels, which are lowest in winter, says Kathryn A. Roecklein, PhD.   Learn More

Thursday, February 1, 2018
The science behind why we cry

Lauren M. Bylsma, PhD, says tears may have grown from the alarm calls of infants into something more complex. Learn More

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Study aims to use BCI to help subjects control their internal states

Matt Smith, PhD, studies how the brain reacts to visual stimuli. One goal is to help people with attention deficit disorder use feedback with a brain-computer interface to improve their focus. Learn More

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Wall Street Journal: New stroke guidelines urge broader use of clot removal

The move is based on a Pitt-Emory University study showing that thrombectomy within 24 hours after a stroke reduces disability. Learn More

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
American Stroke Association honors Jun Chen for basic science research

Jun Chen, MD, has received the Thomas Willis Lecture Award for research on cellular and molecular mechanisms of neuronal degeneration in stroke models, and the role of endogenous neuroprotection.   Learn More

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Kids with ADHD more likely to have first alcoholic drink by age 15

A Pitt-led study found that children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder engaged in substance use at younger ages and were more likely to smoke marijuana and cigarettes as adults.   Learn More

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
WESA: Microsensor may help reveal how cocaine affects teen brains

Bioengineer Tracy Cui, PhD, is focusing on the ventral tegmental area, which produces large amounts of dopamine and is part of the brain's reward center. Learn More

Friday, January 19, 2018
Schizophrenia study identifies shifts in patterns of neurotransmitters in working memory network

A study in Biological Psychiatry, led by David Lewis, MD, suggests that multiple disruptions across brain regions give rise to schizophrenia symptoms. Learn More

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Telegraph: Can you really be successful on four-hours-a-night sleep?

Daniel Buysse, MD, says some most people who think they can get by on several hours are fooling themselves. Learn More

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
National Academy of Sciences recognizes Marlene Cohen

Marlene R. Cohen, PhD, will receive a Troland Research Award for her pioneering studies of how neurons process visual information. Learn More

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Consumer Reports: How to ease seasonal affective disorder

Kathryn Roecklein, PhD, says cognitive behavior therapy not only also eases SAD, but might even prevent symptoms from recurring the following year. Learn More

Saturday, January 13, 2018
New brain sensor opens window on mechanisms of addiction

Bioengineer Xinyan 'Tracy' Cui, PhD, uses aptamers in the living brain to examine neuron sensitivity by age, and to see how drugs like cocaine concentrate in different areas of the brain.   Learn More

Friday, January 12, 2018
BBC: Primack says stay off social media in the half hour before bed

A tech-free 30 minutes is crucial to a good night's sleep, no matter how much time you spend on-line the rest of the day, according to studies by social media expert Brian Primack, MD, PhD. Learn More

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The Economist: The hunt for smaller, safer, smarter brain implants

More precision is needed to generate fine-grained control signals to allow brain-computer interfaces to move individual fingers, says Andrew Schwartz, PhD. Learn More

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