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Crystal clear images uncover secrets of hormone receptors

Friday, July 31, 2015
Many hormones and neurotransmitters work by binding to receptors on a cell's exterior surface. This activates receptors causing them to twist, turn and spark chemical reactions inside cells. NIH scientists used atomic level images to show how the neuropeptide hormone neurotensin might activate its...

Futuristic brain probe allows for wireless control of neurons

Thursday, July 16, 2015
A study showed that scientists can wirelessly control the path a mouse walks with just a press of a button. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, created a remote controlled, next-generation tissue implant that allows...

Progesterone does not significantly improve outcome after traumatic brain injury

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Results of a phase 3 randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial suggest that progesterone may not significantly improve outcomes in patients who have suffered a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.

Normal neuronal firing may spark brain tumor growth

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Using human brain tumor samples, scientists have discovered that normal patterns of nerve cell firing may enhance the growth of cancer cells. They also found that, neuroligin-3 (NLGN3), a gene known to be important for brain cell communication, may influence tumor growth and patient survival,...

NIH Names Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Thursday, June 11, 2015
National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced today the selection of Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D., as the Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). He has served as Acting Director of the NINDS since October, 2014.

Scientists create mice with a major genetic cause of ALS and FTD

Friday, May 22, 2015
Scientists at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida created a novel mouse that exhibits the symptoms and neurodegeneration associated with the most common genetic forms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease), both of which are caused by a...

A SMARTer approach to stroke care

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Time is critical when it comes to stroke: early treatment is associated with better outcomes. According to the Screening with MRI for Accurate and Rapid stroke Treatment (SMART) study, small changes in quality improvement procedures enabled clinicians to use MRI scans to diagnose stroke patients...

Scientists unravel the mystery of the tubulin code

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Driving down the highway, you encounter ever-changing signs — speed limits, exits, food and gas options. Seeing these roadside markers may cause you to slow down, change lanes or start thinking about lunch. In a similar way, cellular structures called microtubules are tagged with a variety of...

Study points to possible treatment for lethal pediatric brain cancer

Monday, May 4, 2015
Using brain tumor samples collected from children in the United States and Europe, an international team of scientists found that the drug panobinostat and similar gene regulating drugs may be effective at treating diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG), an aggressive and lethal form of pediatric...

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