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The blood-brain barrier once stopped medication from reaching the brain. Researchers have found their way through.
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Scientists who study the brain do so for many reasons. For some, the opportunity to study the most complex living structure in the known universe is itself an exciting quest. So much is still unknown about brain function and development.
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The discovery of a protein that gives jellyfish their colorful glow revolutionized scientists' view of the nervous system, allowing them to add color to what had only been seen in black and white.
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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a method for electrically stimulating the brain from the outside of the skull.
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Over the past two decades there have been many studies aimed at detecting a risk of brain cancer associated with cell phone use.
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One of the most prominent human abilities is language, a complex system involving many components, including sensory-motor functions and memory systems.
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A major breakthrough in understanding how the brain accomplishes learning and memory began with the study of a person known by his initials, H.M.
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PET is one of the most important techniques for measuring blood flow or energy consumption in the brain. This method of measuring brain function is based on the detection of radioactivity emitted when positrons, positively charged particles, undergo radioactive decay in the brain.
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Optical imaging relies on shining weak lasers through the skull to visualize brain activity. These techniques are inexpensive and relatively portable. They are also silent and safe: Because only extremely weak lasers are used, these methods can be used to study everyone, even infants.
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Providing a high-quality, three-dimensional image of organs and structures inside the body without X-rays or other radiation, MRIs are noninvasive and unsurpassed in the anatomical detail they show.
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Much faster than a traditional MRI, MEG can be used to provide even more information about brain activity.
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Medical professionals have come to rely on even more specialized forms of the MRI machine, each suited to spotting specific warning signs.
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Explore the many aspects of sleep and its importance to overall daily function and long-term health.
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