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Shock Therapy: New Understanding and Old Ignorance

WASHINGTON, DC–Speaking at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC on November 14, 2017, Dr. Wendy Marie Ingram, Psychiatric Epidemiologist at the Geisinger Medical Institute in Pennsylvania, presented new research on the effects of anesthesia on electroconvulsive therapy (ECT or shock therapy).  The results help answer long-standing questions about the controversial treatment, but social…

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Goodbye Roger

Today the world learned that neuroscientist Roger Y. Tsien passed away on August 24, 2016.  His life’s work transformed cellular neuroscience.

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Zika Infects Adult Brain Too

 New research shows that the Zika virus can infect neural stem cells in the adult brain. The Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitoes and causes severe neurodevelopmental defects in infants who become infected by the virus during fetal development, also attacks neural stem cells in the adult brain according to a new study.  The…

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Brain Cells that Communicate without Electricity: Calcium Waves in Glia

 Glia are brain cells that cannot generate electrical impulses.  As a consequence glia were thought to have no function in information processing or transmission.  In fact glia were communicating with themselves and with neurons all along, but without using electricity.  For a century neuroscientists were deaf to glial communication as they passionately studied neurons, because…

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Obesity Caused by Non-Neuronal Cells (Glia) in the Brain

Forget about stomach staples.  Treatment for obesity in the future may involve an X-ray beam to the brain.  This is what researchers have discovered to keep mice slim, trim, and energetic while gorging on a fatty diet.  How it works offers a fascinating new insight into the cellular mechanisms of the brain in a spot…

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Sticks and Stones–Hurtful words damage the brain

                        Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me…  We all know how untrue that childhood incantation is.  Words do hurt.  Ridicule, distain, humiliation, taunting, all cause injury, and when it is delivered in childhood from a child’s peers, verbal abuse causes more than…

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Glia and Chronic Pain

From the November 2009 Scientific American Magazine | New Culprits in Chronic Pain Glia are nervous system caretakers whose nurturing can go too far. Taming them holds promise for alleviating pain that current medications cannot ease By R. Douglas Fields Helen’s left foot slipped off the clutch on impact, twisting her ankle against the car’s…

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