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Can Coffee Reduce the Risk of MS?

Drinking coffee may be associated with a lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study released February 26 that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, April 18 to 25, 2015.

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Intermediary Neuron Acts as Synaptic Cloaking Device, Says Study

Researchers find that somatostatin neurons regulate synaptic activity in the neocortex

Neuroscientists believe that the connectome, a map of each and every connection between the millions of neurons in the brain, will provide a blueprint that will allow them to link brain anatomy to brain function. But a new study from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) has found that a specific type of neuron might be thwarting their efforts at mapping the connectome by temporarily cloaking the synapses that link a wide field of neurons.

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Bumblebees make false memories too

It's well known that our human memory can fail us. People can be forgetful, and they can sometimes also "remember" things incorrectly, with devastating consequences in the classroom, courtroom, and other areas of life. Now, researchers show for the first time in the journal Current Biology that bumblebees can be unreliable witnesses too.

The new study is the first to explore false memories in any non-human animals, the researchers say. They now suspect that the phenomenon may be widespread in the animal kingdom.

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