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Single gene controls jet lag

University of Missouri
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a gene that regulates sleep and wake rhythms.

MU Researcher Develops and Proves Effectiveness of New Drug for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

University of Missouri
Thursday, July 31, 2014

According to recent studies, approximately one out of every 40 individuals in the United States is a carrier of the gene responsible for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a neurodegenerative disease that causes muscles to weaken over time.

Competition Seeks Experts in Science and Machine Learning to Predict and Detect Seizures

University of Pennsylvania
Monday, July 28, 2014

Epilepsy affects more than 50 million people worldwide. The disorder is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that can bring about seizures, changes in awareness or sensation and behavior. Despite multiple attempts to control seizure activity with medication, three million Americans suffer from recurrent, spontaneous epileptic seizures, the onset of which cannot be predicted or detected in advance.

Gene inhibitor, salmon fibrin restore function lost in spinal cord injury

University of California Irvine
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A therapy combining salmon fibrin injections into the spinal cord and injections of a gene inhibitor into the brain restored voluntary motor function impaired by spinal cord injury, scientists at UC Irvine’s Reeve-Irvine Research Center have found.

Scientists find new clues to brain’s wiring

Washington University
Friday, July 18, 2014

New research provides an intriguing glimpse into the processes that establish connections between nerve cells in the brain. These connections, or synapses, allow nerve cells to transmit and process information involved in thinking and moving the body.

Huntington’s Disease Protein Helps Wire the Young Brain

Duke University
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The protein that is mutated in Huntington’s disease is critical for wiring the brain in early life, according to a new Duke University study.

Could boosting brain cells' appetites fight disease? New research shows promise

University of Michigan
Thursday, July 3, 2014

Deep inside the brains of people with dementia and Lou Gehrig’s disease, globs of abnormal protein gum up the inner workings of brain cells – dooming them to an early death.

Scientists Pinpoint How Genetic Mutation Causes Early Brain Damage

Scripps Research Institute
Monday, June 30, 2014

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shed light on how a specific kind of genetic mutation can cause damage during early brain development that results in lifelong learning and behavioral disabilities. The work suggests new possibilities for therapeutic intervention.

Novel biomarker predicts febrile seizure-related epilepsy, UCI study finds

University of California, Irvine
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A newly discovered biomarker – visible in brain scans for hours after febrile seizures – predicts which individuals will subsequently develop epilepsy, according to UC Irvine researchers. This diagnostic ability could lead to improved use of preventive therapies for the disorder.

Fatal cell malfunction ID’d in Huntington’s disease

Washington University, St Louis
Monday, June 23, 2014

Researchers believe they have learned how mutations in the gene that causes Huntington’s disease kill brain cells, a finding that could open new opportunities for treating the fatal disorder. Scientists first linked the gene to the inherited disease more than 20 years ago.