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Researchers Isolate Immune Gene That Can Cure Parkinson’s, Dementia

A research team at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, has discovered that non-inheritable Parkinson’s disease may be caused by functional changes in the immune regulating gene Interferon-beta (IFNβ) and targeted treatment with IFNβ-gene therapy can successfully prevent its neuronal death and the disease effects. The results, published in the journal Cell, show that the immune gene IFNβ plays a vital role ...

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Is human retina built backwards? Yes, confirm scientists

For the first time, researcher have confirmed that the human retina is built backwards, with the neurons in front of the photoreceptors, rather than behind them. “The retina is not just the simple detector and neural image processor as believed until today. Its optical structure is optimised for our vision purposes,” explained Erez Ribak, professor at the Technion – Israel ...

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Brain Chemical Serotonin Neurons Help Humans to Be More Patient

A recent study of researchers shows that the brain chemical, serotonin, that is widely targeted to treat depression also helps humans have patience in life. Serotonin is a neuromodulatory chemical that is targeted by antidepressant drugs, such as Prozac, which are widely used to treat depression and other disorders such aschronic pain. “We made serotonin neurons sensitive to light so when we illuminated ...

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How brain forms ‘Mexican waves’ ? Blame it on Inhibitory neurons, says new Study

How brain forms Mexican Waves? Unfolding the mechanism, scientists have revealed that certain brain cells persuade others to create “Mexican waves” linked with cognitive function, one of the abnormal brain functions and about neurocognitive disorders such as dementia. Neurons belong to one of two groups – inhibitory or excitatory. While much is known about excitatory neurons, the role of inhibitory neurons ...

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