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Memory and Alzheimer's: Towards a better comprehension of the dynamic mechanisms
(Douglas Mental Health University Institute) A study just published in the prestigious Nature Neuroscience journal by, Sylvain Williams, Ph.D., and his team, of the Research Centre of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University, opens the door towards better understanding of the neural circuitry and dynamic mechanisms controlling memory as well of the role of an essential element of the hippocampus -- a sub-region named the subiculum.

Why plants in the office make us more productive
(University of Exeter) 'Green' offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than 'lean' designs stripped of greenery, new research shows.

Memory in silent neurons
(Université de Genève) According to a generally-accepted model of synaptic plasticity, a neuron that communicates with others of the same kind emits an electrical impulse as well as activating its synapses transiently. This electrical pulse, combined with the signal received from other neurons, acts to stimulate the synapses. How is it that some neurons are caught up in the communication interplay even when they are barely connected? This is the chicken-or-egg puzzle of synaptic plasticity that a team at UNIGE is aiming to solve.

Factor in naked mole rat's cells enhances protein integrity
(University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio) Scientists from the Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio found a factor in naked mole rat cells that could be one of the secrets to how the rodent defies aging.

Report advocates improved police training
(Queen's University) A new report released yesterday by the Mental Health Commission of Canada identifies ways to improve the mental health training and education that police personnel receive.

Evidence mounting that older adults who volunteer are happier, healthier
(Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care) Older adults who stay active by volunteering are getting more out of it than just an altruistic feeling -- they are receiving a health boost!

$1.25 million NIH grant to aid research on impact of heroin use
(University of Houston) The University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work is the recipient of a 5-year, $1.25 million grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health to study the long-term use and health consequences of heroin use. Additionally, the grant provides resources to create the infrastructure that will support future research endeavors.

Can YouTube save your life?
(Wiley) Only a handful of CPR and basic life support videos available on YouTube provide instructions which are consistent with recent health guidelines, according to a new study published in Emergency Medicine Australasia, the journal for the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

Intervention needed for survivors of childhood burns
(University of Adelaide) Adults who have been hospitalized for a burn as a child experience higher than usual rates of depression and suicidal thoughts, according to new research at the University of Adelaide.

Real tremors, or drug-seeking patient? New app can tell
(University of Toronto) New University of Toronto smartphone uses data from built-in accelerometer to measure the frequency of alcohol withdrawal tremors.

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