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Archive for the ‘neuroscience’ Category

Popular Stop-Smoking Drugs to Carry Mental Health Risk Warnings

Posted by iskanbasal on July 3, 2009

The FDA said it will immediately require boxed warnings about the risk of serious neuropsychiatric symptoms on the packaging of two popular smoking cessation drugs, — varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Zyban, Wellbutrin, and generics).

First I read this from KevinMd site. Then from the medpage site. See the link below. To think that these drugs is said has been very effective in helping smokers to quit. I should go to read about their mechanisms of action but i recall the importance of Nucleus acumbens, situated at the base of the bran, in developing reward.

Popular Stop-Smoking Drugs to Carry Mental Health Risk Warnings

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Posted by iskanbasal on April 2, 2009

From the educational site of Prof. Eric Chudler and from his newsletter here is the “the site of the month” selected by him:

The LUMEN Cross-Section Tutorial web site was created by Dr. John A. McNulty (a professor of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy at Loyola University) using images from the Visible Human Project.  The Web site consists of images of slices from the human body from the head to the foot.

Of particular importance to people interested in the brain are the
photographs, magnetic resonance images (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans for the head and neck.  To see these images, enter the site and
click on “Head & Neck.”  This will bring you to a page with a photograph
with various lines attached to boxes labeled “Image” – “MRI” – “CT.” When you click on one of the boxes, the right side of your display will
show a cross section (either a photograph, MRI or CT) at the level of the

Each of the cross sections show many numbered lines pointing to various
structures.  If you click on one of the numbers, the name of the structure
will be displayed in the upper left side of your monitor.  Try to guess
the name of the structure before you click on a number!  It’s a fun way to
learn your way around the brain.

Thanks to Prof. ERIC CHUDLER

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On the Brain

Posted by iskanbasal on March 2, 2009

This is the tilte of the newsletter of the Harvard Mahoney neuroscience institute, ON THE BRAIN: issues from 1992 until today.

“On the Brain” is an online newsletter (PDF files) from the Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute.  Each newsletter has short articles about recent brain research and new treatments for neurological disorders.

Thanks for the informative newsletter from Eric Chudler

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Posted by iskanbasal on October 2, 2008

I picked up this site of the month from neuroscience for kids.  It is related to multitasking:

“Do you work on your homework as you watch TV, listen to your IPod, and eat a snack.  You may think this “multitasking” is easy, but you would be mistaken.  Effective multitasking is difficult and the web site will prove it”.

This is here the site

as I know myself I don’t think to be good in multitasking; the worst time for me is when I don’t get good sleep for a long period of time.

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Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight

Posted by iskanbasal on March 25, 2008

I liked this post from Clinical cases blog.

I registered to now. The video concerns:

“Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.”

Here is the homepage of Taylor’s site.

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Myths and Facts

Posted by iskanbasal on January 2, 2008

Dr. Chudler’s site is very active and known as a teaching site of Neuroscience for kids.

On one of his pages he responds to some of the known myths in neuroscience and medicine:

Myth: We use only 10% of our brains.
Fact: There are no inactive parts of our brains. See the Neuroscience
for Kids Web site for a complete explanation of this myth;

Dr.Chudler gives this reference for the myths and facts on his above site:

Reference: Vreeman, R.C. and Carroll, A.E., Medical myths, BMJ,
335:1288-1289, 2007.

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