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A new gene thought to be at cause in early-onset forms of Alzheimer's disease

April 03 2012

A new gene that causes early-onset of Alzheimer’s disease has been discovered by the research team of Dominique Campion at the Insert unit 1079 ”Genetics of cancer and neuropsychiatric diseases” in Rouen. The research scientists showed that in the...
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How sleep reduces our awareness of the outside world

March 29 2012

While we sleep, our self-awareness and our awareness of the outside world are reduced. Why? Habib Benali, Director of Research at the Inserm functional imaging laboratory (Unit 678 Inserm/UPMC) and his team have been investigating this phenomenon....
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A step closer to morphine without side effects?

March 22 2012

Morphine has been used for centuries to relieve severe pain. However, its pain-relief properties are coupled with considerable side effects. Morphine imitates the action of molecules produced naturally by the brain (endorphins). So why does it hav...
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How does cannabis affect working memory?

March 02 2012

A deterioration of working memory is observed in people who consume drugs containing cannabinoid compounds found in cannabis leaves and buds. A team led by Giovanni Marsicano, Supervisor of Inserm Research Unit 862 (Magendie Neurocentre, Universit...
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) defined by an inversion of brain activity induced by stress hormones

February 24 2012

We remember, right down to the tiniest detail, a car accident that happened over two years ago, when we feared for our lives; and yet, who among us can still remember a very good meal enjoyed just last year, even if it was really very, very good?...
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