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neurobiology

Rett Syndrome Breath Arrest Treatment Discovered

University of Bristol researchers have prevented a major breathing complication of Rett syndrome. Patients with Rett syndrome sometimes experience abnormal breathing, breath holding and other breathing problems that can lead to asphyxiation, brain damage and even be fatal. This new research show that by increasing aminobutyric acid and stimulating specific serotonin receptors in the brain, life threatening symptoms of breath arrests were abolished. ... Read More...

Carbonated Drinks Affect Pain Sensors In Nasal Cavity

Neuroscientists at USC have discovered that carbonated drinks set off the same pain sensors in the nasal cavity as mustard, albeit at a lower intensity. During experimentation, researchers flowed carbonated saline over a dish containing nerve cells taken from the sensory circuits in the nose and mouth. They discovered that the gas activated a specific cell which serve as general pain sensors and expresses the TRPA1 gene.... Read More...