Researchers discover synaptic logic for connections between two brain hemispheres

IMAGE: (A) The structural markers for callosal (Ruby2sm-Flag) and intra-cortical (synaptophysin-mCherry) axonal terminals were expressed through a viral approach. The same dendritic segment that underwent functional mapping was reimaged with confocal… view more  Credit: Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience Researchers at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience have developed a new combination of technologies…

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‘Happiness’ exercises can boost mood in those recovering from substance use disorder

Brief, text-based, self-administered exercises can significantly increase in-the-moment happiness for adults recovering from substance use disorders, report researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Recovery Research Institute. The study, published online in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, is the first of its kind to test whether positive psychology exercises boost happiness in persons recovering…

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Researchers identify specific cognitive deficits in individuals with spinal cord injury

IMAGE: Dr. Chiaravalloti is director of Neuropsychology, Neuroscience and Traumatic Brain Injury Research at Kessler Foundation, and director of the federally funded Northern New Jersey TBI Model System. view more  Credit: Kessler Foundation East Hanover, NJ. January 18, 2019. A multidisciplinary team of researchers has identified specific cognitive deficits in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI).…

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Firsthand accounts indicate fentanyl test strips are effective in reducing overdose risk

IMAGE: Firsthand accounts with young adults who use drugs find rapid-acting fentanyl test strips are an effective tool to reduce overdose risk. view more  PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid so potent that a miniscule amount equivalent to several grains of saltcan cause afataloverdose. Yet it’s difficult for people who use drugs…

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Improved maternity care practices decrease racial gaps in breastfeeding in the US South

IMAGE: Lakendrea gave birth at a CHAMPS hospital view more  Credit: Baptist Memorial Hospital A new paper published in Pediatrics links successful implementation of Baby-Friendly™ practices in the southern U.S. with increases in breastfeeding rates and improved, evidence-based care. The changes were especially positive for African-American women. Between 2014 and 2017, 33 hospitals enrolled into the…

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