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Open Neuroscience Articles

Open Neuroscience Articles are research articles that use at least one Open Access research paper as a reference.

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Explaining the Link Between Sleep and Alzheimer’s

A new study published in brain reveals that just one night of sleep disruption causes an increase in amyloid beta in the brains of healthy, middle aged people. A full week of sleep disturbances leads to a build up of Tau, another protein associated with Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases. The study sheds light on why poor sleep has previously been associated with the development of Alzheimer's and other dementias.... Read More...
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Hidden Herpes Virus May Play Role in Multiple Sclerosis and Other Brain Disorders

A new study in Scientific Reports concludes human herpesvirus 6 may impair the brain's ability to repair itself in demylination diseases, such as multiple sclerosis. HHV-6 is the most common human herpes virus, with an estimated 80% of people being exposed to infection during childhood. Researchers found the virus produces a protein that can impair the ability of brain cells to repair damaged myelin.... Read More...
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TBI Associated With Dementia in Working Aged Adults

A new study reports traumatic brain injury is associated with a higher risk of developing dementia in people of working age. However, the researchers found no association between TBI and other neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS or Parkinson's disease. Researchers hope their findings will improve rehabilitation treatments and long term monitoring of TBI patients.... Read More...
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Can the Smell of Food Make You Fat?

According to a new study, your sense of smell could be responsible for weight gain. Using mice, researchers noticed that those who lost their sense of smell also lost weight, while those mice with a super sense of smell gained more weight on a high fat diet than mice with a regular sense of smell. Findings suggest odor may play an important role in calorie burning processes; if you can't smell your food, you may burn it rather than store it.... Read More...
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New Technique Challenges Brain Development Hypothesis

A new study sheds light on how our brains could have evolved. The research proposes that the cerebral cortex in the mammalian brain is not just a side effect that forces brains of a certain size to have specific proportions. The study calls into question the 'late equals large' hypothesis and the findings could rewrite the text book information of neurodevelopment.... Read More...