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Drugs that activate brain stem cells may reverse multiple sclerosis in mice

Monday, April 20, 2015
Two drugs already on the market — an antifungal and a steroid — may potentially take on new roles as treatments for multiple sclerosis. According to a study in Nature, researchers discovered that these drugs may activate stem cells in the brain to stimulate myelin producing cells and repair white...

Strengthening the immune system's fight against brain cancer

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
When cancer strikes, it may be possible for patients to fight back with their own defenses, using a strategy known as immunotherapy. According to a new study published in Nature, researchers have found a way to enhance the effects of this therapeutic approach in glioblastoma, a deadly type of brain...

Study reveals how genetic changes lead to familial Alzheimer's disease

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Mutations in the presenilin-1 gene are the most common cause of inherited, early-onset forms of Alzheimer's disease. In a new study, published in Neuron, scientists replaced the normal mouse presenilin-1 gene with Alzheimer's-causing forms of the human gene to discover how these genetic changes may...

Brain Awareness Week Teaches Children How Their Brains Work

Thursday, March 5, 2015
A celebration of the 16th annual Brain Awareness Week (BAW), a worldwide campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research, will take place March 16-20, 2015, at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Scientists map memorable tunes in the rat brain

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Lights, sound, action: we are constantly learning how to incorporate outside sensations into our reactions in specific situations. In a new study, brain scientists have mapped changes in communication between nerve cells as rats learned to make specific decisions in response to particular sounds.

NIH-funded research lays groundwork for next-generation prosthetics

Monday, February 9, 2015
Three groups of researchers who have received support from the National Institutes of Health will obtain funding from the President's BRAIN Initiative to improve artificial limb technology. The new awards will be funded and administered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and...

Paramedics may be first line of treatment for stroke

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
There is no time to waste when it comes to stroke. The more time that passes between stroke onset and treatment, the worse the outcome is for the patient. A study designed to test the benefits of early administration of magnesium sulfate suggests that stroke patients may not have to wait until they...

New members selected for National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Five prominent individuals from the neuroscience community have joined the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council, the principal advisory body to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Diaper compound may expand power of microscopes

Friday, January 23, 2015
Pour, mix, set, add water and voila: highly detailed images of the inside of cells. A study, partially funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), showed that a modified form of the superabsorbent chemical used in disposable diapers can expand brain structures to four and a half times their...

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