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Tackling Blindness, Deafness Through Neuroengineering

October 22, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

The Bertarelli Program in Translational Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, a collaborative program between Harvard Medical School and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland, has announced a new set of grants worth $3.6 million for five research projects.

Childhood Autism Linked to Air Toxics

October 22, 2014 2:13 pm | News | Comments

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have been exposed to...

Hidden Subpopulation of Melanoma Cells Discovered

October 22, 2014 1:40 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have pinpointed a set of intriguing characteristics in a previously unknown...

Skin Cells Reprogrammed Directly into Brain Cells

October 22, 2014 1:30 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have described a way to convert human skin cells directly into a specific type...

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Red Cross Official: 6 Months to Contain Ebola

October 22, 2014 3:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top Red Cross official says he is confident the Ebola epidemic can be contained within four to six months. The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people since it emerged 10 months ago, with Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone the worst-affected countries.

Cancer Drug Resistance Has an ‘Off Switch’

October 21, 2014 11:29 am | Videos | Comments

Scientists have uncovered details about how cancer is able to become drug resistant over time, a phenomenon that occurs because cancer cells within the same tumor aren’t identical.                     

See-through Sensors Open New Window into the Brain

October 21, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers’ efforts to understand the brain.                         

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Tarantula Venom Illuminates Electrical Activity in Live Cells

October 21, 2014 11:01 am | Videos | Comments

Researchers have created a cellular probe that combines a tarantula toxin with a fluorescent compound to help scientists observe electrical activity in neurons and other cells.                     

B Vitamins Can Help Beat Depression

October 21, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

Supplementing current anti-depressant medication with B vitamins improves response to treatment, according to a new study.                                     

Why Ebola Kills Some People, Others Survive

October 21, 2014 10:29 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies.

CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

October 21, 2014 8:26 am | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials have released new guidelines for how health workers should gear up to treat Ebola patients. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the long-anticipated updates on Monday evening.           

Nigeria Declared Ebola-free; 'Spectacular Success'

October 20, 2014 3:26 pm | by Michelle Faul - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Water laced with salt and sugar, and gallons of the nasty-tasting stuff. Doctors who survived Ebola in Nigeria credited heavy doses of fluids with saving their lives as the Who declared the country Ebola-free Monday.          

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Fairness is in the Brain

October 20, 2014 12:18 pm | News | Comments

Ever wondered how people figure out what is fair? Look to the brain for the answer. According to a new study, people appreciate fairness in much the same way as they appreciate money for themselves, and also that fairness is not necessarily that everybody gets the same income.

Magnesium in Diet Cuts Diabetes Risk

October 20, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

Getting enough magnesium in the diet may reduce the risk of diabetes, especially for those who already show signs of heading that way, according to a new study.                         

Scientific Evidence Does Not Support 'Brain Game' Claims

October 20, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

A group of scholars issued a statement skeptical about the effectiveness of so-called "brain game" products, citing that the scientific track record does not support the claims that these games actually help older adults boost their mental powers.

Experimental Drug Restores Pleasure-seeking Behavior in Bipolar Patients

October 20, 2014 11:05 am | News | Comments

A drug being studied as a fast-acting mood-lifter restored pleasure-seeking behavior independent of— and ahead of— its other antidepressant effects, in an NIH trial.                         

Cold Sore Virus May Increase Dementia Risk

October 20, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

Alzheimer's disease is the most common among the dementia diseases. In recent years research has increasingly indicated that there is a possible connection between the two. Now, two new studies are supporting this link.         

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CDC to Revise Ebola Protocol, Pentagon Preps Team

October 20, 2014 8:30 am | by Mike Stobbe - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed.

Nigeria's Ebola Outbreak is Officially Over

October 20, 2014 7:26 am | by Bashir Adigun - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization declared on Monday that Nigeria is free of Ebola, a rare victory in the months-long battle against the fatal disease. Nigeria's containment of the lethal disease is considered a "spectacular success story."

Myelin Vital for Learning New Practical Skills

October 17, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

New evidence of myelin’s essential role in learning and retaining new practical skills, such as playing a musical instrument, has been uncovered by researchers.                          

Sugared Soda Consumption Linked to Cell Aging

October 17, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

Sugar-sweetened soda consumption might promote disease independently from its role in obesity, according to a new study that found drinking sugary drinks was associated with cell aging.                    

New Front in War on Alzheimer’s, Other Protein-folding Diseases

October 17, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

A surprise discovery that overturns decades of thinking about how the body fixes proteins that come unraveled greatly expands opportunities for therapies to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, which have been linked to the accumulation of improperly folded proteins in the brain.

Link Between Viral Infections, Autoimmune Disease Proven

October 17, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

Common viral infections can pave the way to autoimmune disease, scientists have revealed in breakthrough new research, which proved a link between the two.                           

Babies’ Hearts May Beat Path to Heart Attack Treatments

October 17, 2014 11:50 am | Videos | Comments

The seemingly miraculous power of babies’ hearts to repair themselves after being injured has spurred a research team to investigate if this ability can be harnessed for new heart attack treatments.               

Misfolded Proteins Clump Together in a Surprising Place

October 17, 2014 11:44 am | News | Comments

Scientists have made a surprising finding about the aggregates of misfolded cellular proteins that have been linked to aging-related disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.                       

UN Admits to Botched Ebola Response

October 17, 2014 10:26 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

In a draft document, the World Health Organization has acknowledged that it botched attempts to stop the now-spiraling Ebola outbreak in West Africa, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information.         

Africa Stems Ebola via Border Closings, Luck

October 17, 2014 7:15 am | by Tom Odula and Lynsey Chutel - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials battling the Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa have managed to limit its spread on the continent to five countries - and two of them appear to have snuffed out the disease.       

Repair Process Suggests Potential Heart Attack Treatment Strategy

October 16, 2014 2:47 pm | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered that some scar-forming cells in the heart, known as fibroblasts, have the ability to become endothelial cells— the cells that form blood vessels. The finding could point the way toward a new strategy for treating people who have suffered a heart attack

Weight Gain Study Suggests Polyunsaturated Oil Healthier Option

October 16, 2014 2:33 pm | News | Comments

Short-term modest weight gains in healthy, normal weight young adults was associated with more bad cholesterol levels in those who ate muffins cooked using saturated oil. However, individuals in the same study who ate muffins made with polyunsaturated oils had improved blood cholesterol profiles, according to a new study. 

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