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News on Neurodevelopmental Disorders & Addiction

LATEST NEWS & SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES, about ADDICTION and OTHER NEURO-DEVELOPMENTAL SYNDROMES: 


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EMMA is committed to divulge and to highlight discoveries on new therapeutic tools for disease of mind & metabolism (e.g., depression, mood disorders, psychoses, mental retardation, etc.) - BROWSE the section using "Prev" and "Next" buttons at footer of pages.

Rats switch to random mode when up against hard-to-beat competitors, and we should too

 

Laboratory rats can flip their little rodent brains from strategic predictable decisions to random choices and if they can do that scientists say we too can embrace the joys and the reduced pressure of random decision-making. The brain is designed to make decisions based on experience. But it can also make us predictable or even biased.

Maybe it doesn't have to be this way. A new study on rats, published in the journal Cell, shows their brains can apparently act randomly when facing difficult competitors. And some believe humans should also embrace the power of randomness for small and even large life choices.

  

  

Oxytocin promotes group-serving dishonesty, by Shaul Shalvi and Carsten K.W. De Dreu : Full Text or PDF

Significance: Very little is known about the biological foundations of immoral behavior. We report here the results of a double-blind, placebo-controlled experiment showing that the hormone oxytocin promotes group-serving dis-honesty. Compared with participants receiving placebo, participants receiving oxytocin lied more to benefit their groups, did so quicker, and did so without expectation of reciprocal dishonesty from their group members. A control setting ruled out that oxytocin drives self-serving dis-honesty. These findings support the functional approach to morality and reveal the underlying biological circuitries associated with group-serving dishonesty.



 

New Schizophrenia Warning Sign & Link with Fragile X Syndrome  
 

 Read discoveries on " Schizophrenia and Mental Retardation , unespected links ".
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ADOLESCENTS ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO DRUG ABUSE...

Photo: ADOLESCENCENTS MORE VULNERABLE TO DRUG ABUSE. Adolescence appears to be a period of heightened propensity to develop addictions but the biological factors that increased vulnerability were not known  New research carried out in rats and published in the Journal of Neuroscience provides important clues. Relative to adults, adolescent rats took cocaine more readily, were more sensitive to lower doses, showed greater escalation of cocaine intake, and were less susceptible to increases in work they had to do to get the drug  Adolescent rats also showed increased activity of dopamine neurons, a feature known to be associated with increased drug self-administration behaviour. Dopamine is essential or drug-induced reward  The results highlight behavioural and biological markers of heightened addiction liability during adolescence  Wong et al. (2013) Adolescents Are More Vulnerable to Cocaine Addiction: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Evidence. The Journal of Neuroscience, 33(11):4913-4922

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News on Auto-Antibodies and Neurodevelopment

LATEST NEWS & SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES, about AUTO-ANTIBODIES in NEURO-DEVELOPMENTAL SYNDROMES:


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We recommend you an online Special Issue dedicated to auto-antibodies: Serum Auto-antibodies: From Identification to Clinical Relevance. Guest Editors: Pietro Invernizzi, Xavier Bossuyt, and Dimitrios P. Bogdanos


The concept that an antibody may mediate a CNS disorder is relatively recent. In recent years, the role of an altered immune system in the etiology of major psychiatric disorders has become more apparent. EMMA is committed to divulge and to highlight discoveries on the role of auto-immunity in neuro-development.

A special regard is devoted to ADHD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Tourette Syndrome. Some examples follow by clicking on "read more": 

 

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Meetings & Congresses

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 Forthcoming-

9th FENS FORUM OF NEUROSCIENCE

July 5-9, 2014

MiCo - Milano Congressi - Milan, Italy


 The Lancet

the Auto-immune Disorders "Lancet" Conference, March 2015 | Barcelona, Spain




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Debates & Lessons
    
Beyond science: philosophy, mind and metabolism.
Latest hints on "ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE"
The burden of ADHD on modern society (families, health systems).
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Societies, Journals (to visit)

Science Societies, Science Journals.

Associations to help people with a psychiatric disease (and their families).
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