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Researchers Say Off-Label Use of Device to Prevent Stroke May Be Dangerous

May 5, 2015 11:22 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Findings suggest need for FDA reassessment of safety and efficacy of devices for off-label use.

Telomere Changes Predict Cancer

May 5, 2015 10:27 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

A distinct pattern in the changing length of blood telomeres, the protective end caps on our DNA strands, can predict cancer many years before actual diagnosis, according to a new study.

DNA Suggests All Early Eskimos Migrated from North Slope

May 1, 2015 10:04 am | by Northewestern University | News | Comments

First evidence to genetically tie all Inuit populations to Alaska's North Slope. Genetic testing of Iñupiat people currently living in Alaska’s North Slope is helping scientists fill in the blanks on questions about the migration patterns and ancestral pool of the people who populated the North American Arctic over the last 5,000 years.

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A New Way to Think About Migraines

May 1, 2015 9:28 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

This is the second of three research findings highlighted by Dr. Rost, vice chair of the American Academy of Neurology Science Committee, at the AAN 67th annual meeting.

Brain Scan Reveals Out-of-Body Illusion

May 1, 2015 9:20 am | by Karolinska Institutet | News | Comments

The feeling of being inside one’s own body is not as self-evident as one might think. In a new study neuroscientists created an out-of-body illusion in participants placed inside a brain scanner. They then used the illusion to perceptually ‘teleport’ the participants to different locations in a room and show that the perceived location of the bodily self can be decoded from activity patterns in specific brain regions.

3 Boys Saved by Customized Airway Tube Made on 3-D Printer

April 30, 2015 9:04 am | by Lauren Neergaard, Associated Press Medical Writer | News | Comments

In a striking example of how 3-D printers could customize medical care, doctors turned powdered plastic into tiny devices that saved the lives of three baby boys by holding open defective airways so they could breathe - and the implants even expanded as the tots grew.

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Contributes to Successful Brain Aging

April 29, 2015 10:08 am | by Boston University | News | Comments

Cardiorespiratory fitness may positively impact the structure of white matter in the brains of older adults. These results suggest that exercise could be prescribed to lessen age-related declines in brain structure.

Genocea's GEN-003 in Prime Position to Lead GH Vaccine Space

April 28, 2015 1:08 pm | by Daian Cheng, Ph.D., GlobalData Infectious Disease Analyst | Articles | Comments

An analysis of Genocea Biosciences’ investigational genital herpes (GH) vaccine, GEN-003. 

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Apple's ResearchKit - The Real Impact on Clinical Trials

April 28, 2015 8:59 am | by Merrilyn Datta, Ph.D., President and General Manager, Definiens | Articles | Comments

ResearchKit is being touted as having immense implications for the future of clinical trials.

AAN 2015 Research Spotlight: A New Compound for Alzheimer’s

April 28, 2015 8:51 am | by Bevin Fletcher, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Neurologists from all over the world converged in Washington D.C. last week, with an estimated 13,000 attendees meeting at the 67th annual American Academy of Neurology conference to learn about new research in the field.

Some Progestins May Hike Cancer; Some Estrogens May Ward it Off

April 24, 2015 4:03 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

A recent analysis of  long-term after-effects of a specific hormone replacement therapy (HRT)—non-physiologic hormones created by Wyeth—finds that a pattern observed while women took the drugs during the famous Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) remains true years later.

Nerve Activity Stimulates Brain Tumor Growth

April 24, 2015 9:27 am | by Stanford University | News | Comments

New research shows that high-grade gliomas, the deadliest human brain tumors, increase their growth by hijacking some of the machinery of neuroplasticity, which normally helps the brain form new synapses.

Pollution Shrinks Brains, Causes Silent Strokes

April 24, 2015 9:17 am | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Air pollution can shrink brains, lead to cognitive problems and even cause silent stokes, according to new research published by Stroke a journal of the American Heart Association.

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Technology Can Transfer Human Emotions to Your Palm Through Air, Say Scientists

April 23, 2015 9:22 am | by University of Sussex | News | Comments

Human emotion can be transferred by technology that stimulates different parts of the hand without making physical contact with your body, a study has shown.

Babies Feel Pain 'Like Adults'

April 23, 2015 9:00 am | by University of Oxford | News | Comments

The brains of babies 'light up' in a very similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, a brain scanning study has discovered. It suggests that babies experience pain much like adults.

Listen to Your Heart: Why Your Brain May Give Away How Well You Know Yourself

April 22, 2015 11:11 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

“Listen to your heart,” sang Swedish pop group Roxette in the late Eighties. But not everyone is able to tune into their heartbeat, according to an international team of researchers – and half of us under- or over-estimate our ability.

Two Studies Examine Diabetes Severity in Parkinson's, Sex Differences in Parkinson's Caregiving

April 22, 2015 11:02 am | by University of Pennsylvania | News | Comments

Findings reveal severe diabetes worsens Parkinson's symptoms.

Cirrhosis Deaths Drop 41 Percent from 2002 to 2012

April 22, 2015 10:43 am | by UNC | News | Comments

A new study has found dramatic improvements in the care of patients with cirrhosis and liver failure and recommends improved treatment strategies for patients with cirrhosis and concurrent bacterial infections.

DNA Abnormalities Found in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease

April 22, 2015 10:18 am | by Columbia University | News | Comments

Routine genetic screening of children with CKD could lead to earlier, more precise diagnoses.

Early Human Embryos Make Viral Proteins

April 20, 2015 4:30 pm | by Stanford University | News | Comments

Human embryos make viral proteins within days of fertilization.

As Subdural Hematomas Increase, so do Brain Growth Studies

April 17, 2015 2:47 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

There will be 60,000 annual cases of chronic subdural hematoma (SDH) by 2030, making SDH the U.S.’s most common adult brain surgery disorder, says a new study by New York University (NYU) researchers.

Oldest Ever DNA Sample from Calcified Neanderthal Man

April 17, 2015 1:52 pm | by Sean Alloca, Editor, Forensic Magazine | Articles | Comments

Bones found in an Italian cave over two decades ago might have provided the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever tested.

Income and Brain Anatomy

April 17, 2015 9:52 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

In middle-schoolers, neuroscientists find differences in brain structures where knowledge is stored.

Fitness Trackers Could Support MS Treatments: Study

April 16, 2015 3:13 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The team of investigators will present their findings this week at the annual American Academy of Neurology meeting.

Scientists Use Brain Stimulation to Boost Creativity

April 16, 2015 10:17 am | by UNC | News | Comments

Using a weak electric current to alter a specific brain activity pattern, UNC School of Medicine researchers increased creativity in healthy adults. Now they’re testing the same experimental protocol to alleviate symptoms in people with depression.

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