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May 4, 2015

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May 4, 2015

Prenatal Stem Cell Treatment Improves Mobility Issues Caused by Spina Bifida

Apr. 27, 2015 — The lower-limb paralysis associated with spina bifida may be effectively treated before birth by combining a unique stem cell therapy with surgery, new research has ... read more

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Contributes to Successful Brain Aging

Apr. 27, 2015 — 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 ... read more

Apr. 27, 2015 — Chemotherapy can lead to excessive mind wandering and an inability to concentrate, research shows. Dubbed 'chemo-brain,' the negative cognitive effects of the cancer treatment have long ... read more

Therapeutic Hypothermia Provides Little Benefit to Pediatric Cardiac Arrest Patients

Apr. 25, 2015 — There is little neurological benefit to using therapeutic hypothermia to lower a child's core temperature after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, researchers ... read more

Discovery May Open Door for Treating Fragile X Carriers

Apr. 24, 2015 — Fragile X syndrome, an inherited cause of autism and intellectual disability, can have consequences even for carriers of the disorder who don't have full-blown ... read more

New Light Shed on Brain's Source of Power

Apr. 24, 2015 — New research represents a potentially fundamental shift in our understanding of how nerve cells in the brain generate the energy needed to function. The study shows neurons are more independent than ... read more

Apr. 24, 2015 — Investigators have developed an imageable mouse model of brain-metastatic breast cancer and shown the potential of a stem-cell-based therapy to eliminate metastatic cells from the brain and prolong ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Air pollution, even at moderate levels, has long been recognized as a factor in raising the risk of stroke. A new study suggests that long-term exposure can cause damage to brain structures and ... read more

Glimpses of How the Brain Transforms Sound

Apr. 23, 2015 — When people hear the sound of footsteps or the drilling of a woodpecker, the rhythmic structure of the sounds is striking. Even when the temporal structure of a sound is less obvious, as with human ... read more

Scientists Pinpoint Brain-Swelling Mechanism

Apr. 23, 2015 — A significant discovery has been made uncovering the cause of brain swelling after trauma to the head. The research paves the way for a preventative drug treatment for severe brain damage following ... read more

Fragile X Syndrome: Building a Case for an Alternative Treatment Strategy

Apr. 23, 2015 — A drug strategy targeting PI3 kinase could improve learning and behavioral flexibility in people with fragile X syndrome, new research suggests. The approach represents an alternative to one based on ... read more

Brain Tumor Growth Stimulated by Nerve Activity in the Cortex, Study Finds

Apr. 23, 2015 — Deadly brain tumors called high-grade gliomas grow with the help of nerve activity in the cerebral cortex, according to a new study. The work, conducted in mice with an aggressive human brain cancer ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — About one in five people experience tinnitus, the perception of a sound -- often described as ringing -- that isn't really there. Now, researchers have taken advantage of a rare opportunity to ... read more

How to Stop a Stroke in Its Tracks

Apr. 23, 2015 — New minimally invasive surgical devices called stentrievers are enabling brain surgeons to stop strokes in their ... read more

For Lower-Grade Brain Blood Vessel Malformations, Surgery Has 'Excellent Clinical Outcomes'

Apr. 23, 2015 — Interventional treatments--especially surgery--provide good functional outcomes and a high cure rate for patients with lower-grade arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) of the brain, report ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — An enzyme secreted by the body's fat tissue controls energy levels in the brain, according to new research. The findings, in mice, underscore a role for the body's fat tissue in controlling ... read more

Apr. 23, 2015 — Many studies have linked more sleep to better memory, but new research in fruit flies demonstrates that extra sleep helps the brain overcome catastrophic neurological defects that otherwise would ... read more

Tantrums, Transmitters and Treatments: Neurotransmitters Linked Aggressive Behavior

Apr. 23, 2015 — How do some of us manage to control our violent tendencies while others cannot? Research may help to address this question. International collaborators found that an increase in the levels of two ... read more

Verbal Therapy Could Block Consolidation of Fear Memories in Trauma Victims

Apr. 22, 2015 — A verbal 'updating' technique aimed at blocking the consolidation of traumatic memories could protect against the long-term psychological and physiological effects of trauma, according to ... read more

Nanoparticle Drug Reverses Parkinson's-Like Symptoms in Rats

Apr. 22, 2015 — As baby boomers age, the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease is expected to increase. Patients who develop this disease usually start experiencing symptoms around age 60 or ... read more

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