A Fond Farewell to BrainWork

Our final, online-only edition of BrainWork: The Neuroscience Newsletter features the same quality of brain-science reporting and writing that we’ve been printing since 1991—and that you’ll continue to find in all of Dana’s exclusive news and publications. (The name “BrainWork,” meanwhile, will shift to our annual Progress Report on Brain Research the signature publication of the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives.)

Stories in our Fall issue include:

Gambling among Parkinson’s Patients Raises Questions about Dopamine—A higher rate of compulsive gambling among people taking medication for Parkinson’s disease raises questions regarding the role of the neurotransmitter dopamine, in both diseased and
normal brains.

Ability to Catch Dyslexia Early May Help Stem Its Effects—New educational approaches and advances in brain-based research are making it possible to detect dyslexia even in children too young to read. Though it is not a cure, stepping in early with targeted intervention could prevent reading problems from derailing a child’s education.

Depression Insights Increase as Animal Models Improve—Research
in animals hints at the neurobiology of depression, why antidepressant treatment does not take effect immediately and why some people are more resilient amid stress. It also highlights the importance of using a combination of animal models to study depression.

Prefrontal Cortex Underlies Slips of the Tongue—Thinking
about something we want to avoid saying makes us more likely to say it. Blame the brain’s prefrontal cortex, home to processes involved in developing plans and carrying them out.

And in News from the Frontier: Assessing Risk and Resilience for Bipolar Disorder, For Injured Nerve Fibers, a Sense of Direction, Restoring Capillary Blood Flow after a Stroke, and Obesity May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk.

-Dan Gordon

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