Jon Hamilton

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Over 23,000 brain scientists gathered in San Diego for a conference last week

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Over 23,000 neuroscientists gathered in San Diego last week to hear the latest discoveries on how the brain works.

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What causes Alzheimer's? Study puts leading theory to 'ultimate test'

Tuesday, November 01, 2022

Researchers are launching a make-or-break study to test the conventional wisdom about what causes Alzheimer's disease.

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Smiling faces might help the drug ketamine keep depression at bay

Monday, October 31, 2022

In a recent small study, the antidepressant effects of ketamine lasted longer when an intravenous dose was followed with computer games featuring smiling faces or words aimed at boosting self-esteem.

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Brain cells in a lab dish learn to play Pong — and offer a window onto intelligence

Friday, October 14, 2022

A dish of brain cells learned to play the 1970s video game Pong. The research could help computers become more intelligent

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A dish full of brain cells has learned to play the computer game Pong

Thursday, October 13, 2022

Human brain cells in a dish have learned to play Pong, a simple video game created in the 1970s. This novel achievement is part of a larger effort to understand how brain cells learn.

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Human cells in a rat's brain could shed light on autism and ADHD

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Scientists have devised a new model for studying disorders like autism spectrum disorder and ADHD. It uses clusters of human brain cells grown inside the brain of a rat.

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These LSD-based drugs seem to help mice with anxiety and depression — without the trip

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

Scientists have made a drug based on LSD that seems to fight depression without producing a psychedelic experience.

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A drug based on LSD appears to treat depression in mice without the psychedelic trip

Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Scientists have identified a drug that appears to produce the antidepressant effects of LSD without the psychedelic side effects — at least in mice. (Story aired on ATC on Sept. 28, 2022.)

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ALS drug's approval draws cheers from patients, questions from skeptics

Friday, September 30, 2022

A controversial new drug for ALS could add months to patients' lives – if it actually works

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A drug based on LSD appears to treat depression in mice without the psychedelic trip

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Scientists have identified a drug that appears to produce the antidepressant effects of LSD without the psychedelic side effects — at least in mice.

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FDA seems poised to approve a new drug for ALS, but does it work?

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

In March, experts who advise the FDA questioned the efficacy of an experimental new drug for ALS. In September, they voted to approve it anyway.

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Encore: A new hard hat could help protect workers from on-the-job brain injuries

Friday, September 16, 2022

A company started by two scientists has developed a hard hat that will do a better job protecting workers from on-the-job brain injuries. (Story aired on All Things Considered on Sept. 9, 2022.)

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With early Alzheimer's in the family, these sisters decided to test for the gene

Monday, September 12, 2022

For some people, a rare genetic mutation makes dementia inescapable. Three sisters have decided to confront fate with a genetic test and have joined a research project on possible treatments.

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How a new hard hat technology can protect workers better from concussion

Friday, September 09, 2022

The latest generation of hard hats are designed to cushion the brain during an impact by absorbing forces that cause the head to spin.

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A family looks for answers into why so many of them develop Alzheimer's disease

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Three sisters set out to learn why many of the people in their family develop Alzheimer's disease in middle age — and what they can do about it.

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At an international meeting, Alzheimer's researchers are assessing what comes next

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Experimental drugs for Alzheimer's disease have been a disappointment so far. Researchers at the Alzheimer's Association International Meeting in San Diego trying to figure out what comes next.

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Alzheimer's researchers are looking beyond plaques and tangles for new treatments

Monday, August 01, 2022

An atlas showing how Alzheimer's changes individual brain cells could help researchers find new treatments for the disease.

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Why don't woodpecker brains get damaged from pecking? They're tiny, scientists say

Thursday, July 14, 2022

A woodpecker's brain takes a big hit with every peck against a tree. Yet the animals don't get brain damage. A team of scientists says the reason is the brain's very small size.

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Encore: Exotic dancers in Hollywood push for unionization

Thursday, July 14, 2022

A strip club in Hollywood is one of the latest places in the nation seeing increased unionization efforts. Dancers say their occupation is dangerous and they need more protection.

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A woodpecker's brain takes a big hit with every peck: study

Thursday, July 14, 2022

A new study refutes the popular idea that a woodpecker's brain is cushioned from the violent impacts of pecking. It offers a different reason the birds avoid brain damage.

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