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Researchers Receive $3.5 Million to Improve Students’ Classroom Behaviors, Study Connection to Academic Performance

Aug. 26, 2015 Jesslyn Chew COLUMBIA, Mo. – Measuring the academic performance of students has remained a top public priority over the last decade. More recently, public attention increasingly has focused on the social and emotional health of students and how those factors contribute to academic success. In order to continue to find ways to

Exploring the brain’s role in stress-induced anxiety​​​

July 23, 2015 By Jim Dryden BRUCHAS LABORATORY Neurons in the mouse brain appear green as they produce a substance that makes them sensitive to light. The red marks the presence of norepinephrine, which surges under stress. Calming a neural circuit in the brain can alleviate stress in mice, according to new research that could

Disrupted REM Sleep Can Rewire Young Brains

7/22/15 Cynthia Fox, Science Writer Kittens with eye patches deprived of non-REM (rapid eye movement) sleep do not end up with impaired connections in a visual center of the brain. But kittens deprived of REM sleep do. This is according to a new Science Advances studythat “adds important new data to our understanding of how

Director’s Blog: Early BRAIN Breakthroughs

By Thomas Insel, NIMH Director, June 22, 2015 I don’t usually keep count of scientific breakthroughs, but right now we are on a streak of findings from the BRAIN Initiative that, if my count is correct, looks like one a week for the past five weeks. BRAIN is the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies Initiative. This is

Scientists Find Growth Factors That Build Brains also Build Memories

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:05pm - by New York University A team of New York University neuroscientists has determined how a pair of growth factor molecules contributes to long-term memory formation, a finding that appears in the journal Neuron. “These results give us a better understanding of memory’s architecture and, specifically, how molecules act as a network in

New NIMH strategic plan aims to focus, accelerate mental health research

Thursday, March 26, 2015 National Institute of Mental Health plan will help guide funding Against a backdrop of rapid scientific advances and dramatic changes in the landscape of mental health care, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has issued a new Strategic Plan for Research. Informed by the successes and challenges of recent years,

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Texas A&M Study Shows Memory Decline Caused by Aging can be Prevented with Resveratrol

Feb. 5, 2015 BioNewsTexas Researchers recently published in the journal Scientific Reports their findings on resveratrol, a compound present in foods such as peanuts and red grapes, and how it may offer protection towards memory decline caused by aging. The study is entitled “Resveratrol Prevents Age-Related Memory and Mood Dysfunction with Increased Hippocampal Neurogenesis and

Scientists Confirm ‘Chemobrain’ Is Real, Patients Find Validation

St. Louis Public Radio, by Nora Ibrahim ~ June 5, 2014 Most people have heard about the undesirable side effects that chemotherapy has on the body of people suffering from cancer. There's balding, fatigue and loss of appetite, to name a few. Until recently, however, chemotherapy’s effects on the brain weren’t widely recognized. The cognitive

Blunt calls for improved mental health services

Southeast Missourian, By Samantha Rinehart ~ May 29, 2014 U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt stood before community leaders, counselors and board members at the Community Counseling Center in Cape Girardeau on Wednesday afternoon advocating for improved behavioral health treatment. The event came on the eve of the center's 40th anniversary, said executive director John Hudak, who