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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Study Compares Structures of Huntington’s Disease Protein

Neutron-scattering research at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has revealed clear structural differences in the normal and pathological forms of a protein involved in Huntington’s disease. Researchers conducted a side …
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Brain Exercise and Warding off Cognitive Decline

A study, recently published in JAMA Neurology and discussed in a MedPageToday.com article, seems to indicate that people who engage in vigorous mental activity throughout their lives tend to delay or slow cognitive impairment, compared to those whose …
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Neurons, Brain Cancer Cells Require the Same Protein for Survival

Researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have discovered that the protein PARC/CUL9 helps neurons and brain cancer cells override the biochemical mechanisms that lead to cell death in most other cells. In neurons, long-term …
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

No Anti-clotting Treatment Needed for Most Kids Undergoing Spine Surgeries

According to a new Johns Hopkins Children’s Center study, blood clots occur so rarely in children undergoing spine operations that most patients require nothing more than vigilant monitoring after surgery and should be spared risky and costly anti- …
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Monday, July 21, 2014

Study Finds Decrease in Incidence of Stroke, Subsequent Death

In a study that included a large sample of black and white U.S. adults from several communities, rates of stroke incidence and subsequent death decreased from 1987 to 2011, with decreases varying across age-groups, according to a study in a recent issue …
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Monday, July 21, 2014

After a Concussion, Which Teens Will Have Emotional Symptoms?

After a concussion, teens who are sensitive to light or noise may also be more likely to have emotional symptoms, such as anxiety, according to a recent study. “While most people recover from a concussion within a week, a number of factors affect people …
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Babies’ Brains Rehearse Speech Mechanics Months Before They Speak

University of Washington (UW) research in 7- and 11-month-old infants shows that speech sounds stimulate areas of the brain that coordinate and plan motor movements for speech. The study, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy …
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Even Mild Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Brain Damage

Even mild traumatic brain injury may cause brain damage and thinking and memory problems, according to a study recently published in an online issue of Neurology. For the study, 44 people with a mild traumatic brain injury and nine people with a moderate …
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

New Device Allows Brain to Bypass Spinal Cord, Move Paralyzed Limbs

For the first time, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts, thanks to a partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle. Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the …
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Noninvasive Brain Control

Optogenetics, a technology that allows scientists to control brain activity by shining light on neurons, relies on light-sensitive proteins that can suppress or stimulate electrical signals within cells. Until now, this technique required a light source …
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