A baby born too soon continues to develop and grow inside an incubator at the neonatal ward of the Centre Hospitalier de Lens in Lens, northern France.
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January 22, 2014 Scientists have shown that damage to the brain's "white matter" is responsible for many of the developmental problems that very premature infants often face. Now researchers have also demonstrated that it's possible to prevent that sort of damage in mice.
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A technique called optogenetics is being used in the laboratory to observe and control what brain circuits are doing in real time.
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December 26, 2013 An experimental technique called optogenetics is starting to change the way researchers look at the brain. The tool allows them to switch entire brain circuits on and off using light, and may help figure out what's going wrong in brain ailments from epilepsy to depression.
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Bartender Matt Carucci says he rarely feels safe biking in the city but often rides without a helmet anyway. "There are a lot of other ways to hurt yourself," he says.
May 3, 2012 Researchers found that only 20 percent of riders using shared bicycles wear helmets, despite the risk of injury. We took to the streets of Washington, D.C., to ask bicyclists, with and without helmets, about their choices.
December 15, 2011 Researchers think the treatment encourages brain cells to form new connections, allowing the brain to rewire itself to compensate for damage caused by a stroke.
The most common cause of brain injury in premature infants is a lack of oxygen in the days and weeks after birth, researchers say.
November 17, 2011 Each year more than 60,000 babies are born weighing less than 3.3 pounds. As scientists learn more about how brain injuries occur among these very premature infants, it could point the way to possible prevention and repair strategies.
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Karen Butler could get her American accent back with intensive speech therapy, but she likes her new one.
June 1, 2011 An Oregon woman woke up from dental surgery with an English-Irish-sounding accent. Hers is a rare disorder usually caused by an injury to the part of the brain that controls speech.
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May 16, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of Nation, debt ceiling explainer, and the opinion page looks at Haiti's inauguration. In the second hour, recovering for brain injury, and horse trainer Graham Motion.
September 10, 2010 The Pentagon's top spokesman wrongly told reporters brain trauma wasn't eligible for Purple Heart.
September 9, 2010 Many Army officers are reluctant to award Purple Hearts to soldiers with brain injuries.
August 27, 2010 Democratic lawmaker Rep. Harry Teague of New Mexico, pledged a deeper inquiry into brain-injured soldiers's medical care.
June 23, 2010 Senators Press Military To Improve Brain-Wound Care
June 17, 2010 Congress Questions Ft. Bliss Brain-Injury Care
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