Speeding up drug discovery for brain diseases

Whitehead Institute team finds drugs that activate a key brain gene; initial tests in cells and mice show promise for rare, untreatable neurodevelopmental disorder.

Nicole Davis | July 31, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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Uncovering the riches of traditional global medicine

Researchers solve how the kava plant produces its pain-relieving and anti-anxiety molecules, demonstrate an extensible method to scale and optimize production.

Greta Friar | Whitehead Institute | July 23, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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In China, a link between happiness and air quality

Moods expressed on social media tend to decline when air pollution gets worse, study finds.

Helen Knight | MIT News correspondent | Jan. 21, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

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Study shows how specific gene variants may raise bipolar disorder risk

Findings could help inform new therapies, improve diagnosis.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory | Jan. 17, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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SilverSneakers exercise program fights isolation

MIT AgeLab researchers find that an exercise program for older adults has unexpected social and health benefits.

Adam Felts | MIT AgeLab | Nov. 29, 2018 | mit
~4 mins   

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Brain activity pattern may be early sign of schizophrenia

In a study that might enable earlier diagnosis, neuroscientists find abnormal brain connections that can predict onset of psychotic episodes.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Nov. 8, 2018 | mit
~6 mins   

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Dopamine primes the brain for enhanced vigilance

Neuroscientists discover a circuit that helps redirect attention to focus on potential threats.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Nov. 7, 2018 | mit
~6 mins   

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New sensors track dopamine in the brain for more than a year | MIT News

Tiny probes could be useful for monitoring patients with Parkinson’s and other diseases.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Sept. 12, 2018
~6 mins |

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