Day: September 6, 2018

‘Second brain’ neurons keep colon moving

September 6, 2018

Millions of neurons in the gastrointestinal tract coordinate their activity to generate the muscle contractions that propel waste through the last leg of the digestive system, according to a study of isolated mouse colons published in?JNeurosci. The newly identified neuronal firing pattern may represent an early feature preserved through the evolution of nervous systems. The […]

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Cannabis extract helps reset brain function in psychosis

September 6, 2018

Research from King’s College London has found that a single dose of the cannabis extract cannabidiol can help reduce brain function abnormalities seen in people with psychosis. Results from a new MRC-funded trial, published in?JAMA Psychiatry, provide the first evidence of how cannabidiol acts in the brain to reduce psychotic symptoms. Cannabidiol, also referred to […]

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Brain function impacts how experiences contribute to depression

September 6, 2018

A study in adolescent girls reports that recent life events impact depressive symptoms differently, depending on how the brain responds to winning and losing. A strong brain response to winning boosted the beneficial impact of positive experiences on symptoms, whereas a strong response to losing enhanced the detrimental impact of negative experiences on symptoms. The […]

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