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    Sleep Off Addiction to Cigarettes?

    PhD student Anat Arzi, who is in Prof. Noam Sobel's lab at Weizmann, spoke at a Society for Neuroscience conference, presenting the team's findings that exposing smokers to bad smells while they slept helped them smoke less when awake. WebMD interviewed Arzi about this research, and what it means for the treatment of addiction.

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    I Was Afraid of Dying – But I Had to Save Them

    As <em>Good Housekeeping</em> reports, "despite her terror of the ocean, mother-of-two Tamara Loiselle found the courage to dive in and save a drowning couple." What makes a hero? How are some people able to overcome fear? <em>GH</em> uses Weizmann neuroscience research from the lab of Prof. Yadin Dudai to explain.

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    Why Do We Like What We Like? Israeli Study Suggests Answers

    Dr. Alex Pine, a postdoc in cognitive neuroscience at the Weizmann Institute, conducted a study – overseen by Prof. Yadin Dudai – on people's preferences, influencing those likes and dislikes via conditioning, using techniques like those Ivan Pavlov famously used with his dogs. As <em>The Times of Israel</em> reports, the scientists think their methods could help treat addictions and phobias more effectively.

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    People With Anxiety Perceive the World in a Fundamentally Different Way

    As Prof. Rony Paz found, people with anxiety are less able to distinguish between unthreatening stimuli and those associated with a negative event – because that's the way their brains function. As <em>The Huffington Post</em> states, you ""can't argue with science: A person isn't responsible for having a mental illness."" Perhaps such research will reduce the stigma.

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    NeuroQuest to Begin US Clinical Validation Trials for Alzheimer’s Blood Test

    A blood test for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, based on Prof. Michal Schwartz’s research, exceeded Alzheimer’s Association standards in recent trials. Now, NeuroQuest, the firm behind the test, has announced it will be working with UC San Diego on clinical validation. The test may be able to identify the disease many years earlier.

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    Israeli/American Research Identifies Two Gene Mutations

    A team including Prof. Doron Lancet of the Weizmann Institute and researchers from Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer and Duke University in North Carolina identified, for the first time, the genetic mutations responsible for two serious neurological disorders that affect Iranian and Buhkaran infants and children.

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    Smart Arms Control the Potential Chaos of Octopus Movement

    We know that octopi are highly intelligent animals able to move in astonishing ways, thanks to their many arms. But we don't know how it actually controls those arms – until now, that is. As <em>The New York Times</em> reports, Weizmann's Prof. Tamar Flash and colleagues at The Hebrew University have found that ""the arms, in effect, have a mind of their own.""

  • Top 10 Israeli Medical Advances to Watch in 2014

    Israel21c names Prof. Michal Schwartz's early-diagnosis blood test for Alzheimer's disease and ALS one of the top 10 Israeli medical advances to watch in 2014. The company NeuroQuest conducted trials in Israel that showed the test has an astonishing accuracy rate of 87%, enabling much earlier intervention for these neurodegenerative diseases.

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    Top 10 Israeli Advances in Autism

    Autism is on the rise worldwide – and while no one yet knows why, Israeli scientists, educators, and others are working hard and fast to unravel the disorder's mysteries. Israel21c surveys the top innovations in this field, including the Weizmann Institute's method for imaging the brains of toddlers to identify autism early.