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Schizophrenia May be Triggered by Excess Protein

November 24, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

A gene associated with schizophrenia plays a role in brain development and may help to explain the biological process of the disease, according to new research.                          

U.S. Looking Past Ebola to Prepare for Next Outbreak

November 23, 2014 8:57 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.               

Plague Outbreak Kills 40 in Madagascar

November 22, 2014 5:57 am | by Lynsey Chutel - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August. Two people have been diagnosed and one has died in the capital, Antananarivo.        

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Bee Brains Offer Insights Into How Human Memories Form

November 21, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

University of Queensland scientists have discovered that genes switch off as memories are being formed, allowing for new connections between nerve cells. Read more...                                       

Researchers Tease Out Glitches in Immune System's Self-Recognition

November 21, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

Immunity is a thankless job. Though the army of cells known as the immune system continuously keeps us safe from a barrage of viruses, bacteria and even precancerous cells, we mainly notice it when something goes wrong: “Why did I get the flu this year even though I got vaccinated?” Read more...

Cellular Origin of Fibrosis

November 21, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital say they have found the cellular origin of the tissue scarring caused by organ damage associated with diabetes, lung disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and other conditions. Read more...

Unwinding the Mysteries of the Cellular Clock

November 21, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

Human existence is basically circadian. Most of us wake in the morning, sleep in the evening, and eat in between. Body temperature, metabolism, and hormone levels all fluctuate throughout the day, and it is increasingly clear that disruption of those cycles can lead to metabolic disease. Read more...

Study: Obesity Fuels Silent Heart Damage

November 21, 2014 9:27 am | News | Comments

Using an ultrasensitive blood test to detect the presence of a protein that heralds heart muscle injury, researchers from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere have found that obese people without overt heart disease experience silent cardiac damage that fuels their risk for heart failure down the road. Read more...      

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Damage to Brain Networks Affects Stroke Recovery

November 21, 2014 9:21 am | News | Comments

Initial results of an innovative study may significantly change how some patients are evaluated after a stroke, according to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read more...                  

3-D-Printed Model Helps Treat Patients with Heart Disorders

November 20, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

An experimental 3-dimensional printed model of the heart may help surgeons treat patients born with complicated heart disorders, according to new research.                           

Gene Therapy Pioneered to Cure 'Bubble Baby' Disease

November 20, 2014 10:35 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers have pioneered a stem cell gene therapy cure for children born with adenosine deaminase (ADA)-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), often called "Bubble Baby" disease.                 

How Mosquitoes Home In

November 20, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

They have been a scourge for thousands of years, responsible for the spread of lethal diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, and, much less urgently, a threat to barbecues around the globe. What if there was a way to render humans invisible to mosquitoes?

WHO: Ebola Transmission 'Intense' in Sierra Leone

November 20, 2014 5:57 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay – Associated Press – Associated Press | News | Comments

The spread of Ebola remains "intense" in most of Sierra Leone even as things have improved somewhat in the two other countries hardest hit, the World Health Organization says.                     

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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.

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...                            

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...            

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