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Early Statin Use May Give Long-term Heart Benefits

November 19, 2014 2:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Research shows that taking a cholesterol-lowering drug for five years in middle age can lower heart and death risks for decades afterward. The benefits seem to grow over time and may last for life.               

Mental Health Problems Increase Cardiovascular Disease Risk

November 19, 2014 2:18 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

People with mental health problems are “significantly” more likely to have stroke or heart disease, according to a study unveiled at a recent Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.                    

Preventing Memory Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation

November 19, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

In a new study, scientists found that a particular set of cells in a small region of the brain are responsible for memory problems after sleep loss. By selectively increasing levels of a signaling molecule in these cells, the researchers prevented mice from having memory deficits.

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Do Blueberries Really Improve Night Vision?

November 19, 2014 1:06 pm | News | Comments

Blueberries are super stars among health food advocates, who tout the fruit for improving night vision. Scientists have now found reason to doubt that the popular berry helps most healthy people see better in the dark.          

New Laser Therapy Helps Slow Macular Degeneration

November 19, 2014 10:37 am | News | Comments

A new, low impact low energy laser treatment for patients with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has produced positive results by reducing indicators of the disease.                     

Study Will Test Survivors' Blood to Treat Ebola

November 18, 2014 10:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of companies and aid groups announced plans Tuesday to test experimental drugs and collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa.                 

Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Showcases Strides in Exploring the Brain

November 18, 2014 2:08 pm | by Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

More than 30,000 brain advocates from academia, industry and media converged on Washington, D.C. this week for the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience. Read more...              

New Tools in Fight Against Virus that Attacks the Brain

November 18, 2014 1:47 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have developed new insight into a rare but deadly brain infection. Read more...                            

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Molecular Mapping Opens Doors to More Computer-Based Tests

November 18, 2014 1:28 pm | News | Comments

Scientists report a new method for establishing whether chemical compounds are safe for human use without in vivo testing. Read more...                     

Team Devises Method to Attack Cancer at Genetic Source

November 18, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Researchers designed a therapeutic molecule that both targets the acidic microenvironments of tumors and penetrates cells to deliver a therapeutic cargo. Read more...              

New Type of Neuron Plays Key Role in Nicotine Addiction

November 18, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

New study shows that in the core of the brain’s reward system are specific neurons that are active both with use of and withdrawal from nicotine. Read more...                 

Calorie-Restricting Diets Slow Aging

November 18, 2014 10:52 am | News | Comments

A new study shows that calorie-reduced diets stop the normal rise and fall in activity levels of close to 900 different genes linked to aging and memory formation in the brain. Read more...            

Study Shows Bed Bugs Transmit Parasite That Causes Deadly Disease

November 18, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

A new study from Penn Medicine researchers demonstrated that bed bugs can transmit one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas. Read more...                 

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Hope for Halting Cell Death Caused By Disease

November 18, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered mechanisms that control a new form of premature cell death in living tissue and a mechanism to reverse it. Read more...                   

Going Purple: 5 Cutting-edge Breakthroughs in Alzheimer’s Research

November 17, 2014 11:48 am | by Christina Jakubowski, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

November is already halfway over— which means we’re also halfway through National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, which celebrates and raises awareness for the nearly 5.4 million people who have this condition. Read more...

Danger of Repeat Head Injuries: Brain’s Inability to Tap Energy Source

November 17, 2014 11:27 am | News | Comments

Two or more serious hits to the head within days of each other can interfere with the brain’s ability to use sugar – its primary energy source – to repair cells damaged by the injuries, new research suggests. Read more...                       

Statins Reverse Learning Disabilities Caused by Genetic Disorder

November 17, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

UCLA scientists have discovered that statins, a popular class of cholesterol drugs, reverse the learning disabilities caused by a genetic disorder called Noonan syndrome. Read more..                            

Hand Transplant Recovery Sheds New Light on Touch

November 17, 2014 10:59 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Recovery of feeling can gradually improve for years after a hand transplant, suggests a small study that points to changes in the brain, not just the new hand, as a reason. Read more...                                          

Calculator Adds Up Cardio Risks

November 17, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

The new Healthy Heart Score developed by researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) gives individuals an easy way to estimate their 20-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) based on simple lifestyle habits. Read more...

Spotted: First Evidence of 'Local' Clock in the Brain

November 14, 2014 12:37 pm | News | Comments

In a new study looking at mice, researchers have investigated a local clock found in another part of the brain, outside the SCN, known as the tuberomamillary nucleus (TMN).                       

Imaging Method Could Improve Asthma Treatment

November 14, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers have used a laser beam trap to examine how drug particles from asthma inhalers behave as they are projected through the air. Their findings could improve the effectiveness of inhalers for the over five million people in the UK suffering from asthma.

Bacteria Become 'Genomic Tape Recorders'

November 14, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Engineers have transformed the genome of the bacterium E. coli into a long-term storage device for memory. They envision that this stable, erasable, and easy-to-retrieve memory will be well suited for applications such as sensors for environmental and medical monitoring.

Total Recall: The Science Behind It

November 14, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

Is it possible to change the amount of information the brain can store? Maybe, according to a new international study, which identified a molecule that puts a brake on brain processing and when removed, brain function and memory recall is improved.

WHO Sees Few Promising Ebola Drugs in Pipeline

November 14, 2014 6:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top official with the U.N. health agency says few experimental therapies are currently under development that could effectively treat Ebola.                               

It's Not Always the DNA

November 13, 2014 12:16 pm | News | Comments

Damaged messenger RNA can jam cellular machines that make protein. The failure to clear the jams and chew up bad messengers is associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.                  

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