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Study Pokes Holes in Fetal Alcohol Hypothesis

A new study challenges conventional beliefs about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Researchers discovered no differences in microglia activity in the brains of health mice and those exposed to alcohol during early development. The study brings into question the whether the brain's immune system cells are to blame for the neurological damage that occurs as a result of fetal alcohol exposure.... Read More...
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Controlling a Single Brain Chemical May Help Expand Window for Learning Language and Music

Using mouse models, researchers restricted a key chemical messenger to extend efficient auditory learning until much later in life. Disrupting adenosine signaling in the auditory thalamus allowed researchers to extend the window for auditory learning well into adulthood and far beyond the current critical period. ... Read More...