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How the brain wakes you up

Scientists from Bern have discovered a mechanism which is responsible for the rapid arousal from sleep and anesthesia in the brain. The results of their study suggest new strategies for the medical treatment of sleep disorders and recovery of consciousness in vegetative states. Chronic sleep perturbances affect 10-20% of the population of Switzerland and almost […]

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Genetically modified mice reveal the secret to a painless life

Researchers have discovered the pharmaceutical recipe for painlessness. People born with a rare genetic mutation are unable to feel pain, but previous attempts to recreate this effect with drugs have had surprisingly little success. Using mice modified to carry the same mutation, UCL researchers funded by the MRC and Wellcome Trust have now discovered the […]

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