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TSRI Scientists Find Drug That Helps Huntington's Disease-Afflicted Mice-and Their Offspring

The Scripps Research Institute
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Famine, drug abuse and even stress can “silence” certain genes, causing health problems in generations to come. Now scientists are wondering—could therapies that change gene expression in parents help their children?

Blows to Head Damage Brain’s ‘Garbage Truck,’ Accelerate Dementia

University of Rochester Medical Center
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A new study out today in the Journal of Neuroscience shows that traumatic brain injury can disrupt the function of the brain’s waste removal system.

Researchers Identify Chemical Compound That Decreases Effects of Multiple Sclerosis

University of California, Riverside
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

UC Riverside-led mouse study shows the ligand indazole chloride improves motor function, imparting therapeutic benefits even when treatment is initiated at the peak of disease.

Penn Researchers Identify Protein Elevated in Blood That Predicts Post-Concussion Symptom Severity in Professional Athletes

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Penn Medicine research has found that elevated levels in the blood of the brain-enriched protein calpain-cleaved αII-spectrin N-terminal fragment, known as SNTF, shortly after sports-related concussion can predict the severity of post-concussion symptoms in professional athletes. The complete findings were released today in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

New Tools in Fight Against Virus that Attacks the Brain

University of Rochester Medical Center
Monday, November 17, 2014

Researchers have developed new insight into a rare but deadly brain infection, called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML).

Humans’ Big Brains Might Be Due in Part to Newly Identified Protein

University of California, San Francisco
Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A protein that may partly explain why human brains are larger than those of other animals has been identified by scientists from two stem-cell labs at UC San Francisco, in research published in the November 13, 2014 issue of Nature.

Smokers with new back pain less likely to recover likely to develop chronic pain

Monday, November 3, 2014

If you want to avoid chronic back pain, put out the cigarette. A new Northwestern Medicine study has found that smokers are three times more likely than nonsmokers to develop chronic back pain, and dropping the habit may cut your chances of developing this often debilitating condition.

See-Through, One-Atom-Thick, Carbon Electrodes are a Powerful Tool for Studying Epilepsy, Other Brain Disorders, Penn Study Finds

University of Pennsylvania
Monday, October 20, 2014

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have used graphene -- a two-dimensional form of carbon only one atom thick -- to fabricate a new type of microelectrode that solves a major problem for investigators looking to understand the intricate circuitry of the brain.

Damage to brain ‘hubs’ causes extensive impairment

Washington University
Monday, October 13, 2014

Injuries to six brain areas are much more devastating to patients’ abilities to think and adapt to everyday challenges than damage to other parts of the brain, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have learned.

Brains in the balance: New $11.5M grant fuels U-M Parkinson’s disease research center to aid patients

University of Michigan
Monday, October 6, 2014

Deep in the brains of the million Americans with Parkinson’s disease, changes to their brain cells put them at high risk of dangerous falls -- a problem that resists even the most modern treatments.