Researchers were awarded approximately $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue studying how our bodies respond to seasonal and pandemic flu viruses and vaccines.
An international team of researchers has pinpointed a genetic mutation that appears to be responsible for a rare condition that triggers seizures in babies. The mutation was identified thanks to new data science technologies that enabled the scientists to sift through extremely large sets of genetic information.
A new study appearing in Nature Medicine points to a simple blood test that can predict who is at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease before the symptoms of the disease appear. With this new tool, scientists may be able to develop a new generation of therapies that can head off the disease.
Current efforts to grade the quality of care hospitals provide stroke patients have a big flaw according to a new study in the journal Stroke. Measures of mortality – whether or not a stroke patient dies shortly after being admitted to a hospital – do not take into account whether these deaths occurred because of poor care or because physicians were carrying out the wishes of the patient and their family to withhold care.
Astrocytes – cells that until only recently have been dismissed as merely brain “glue” – are becoming increasingly important and flexible tools in confronting a range of neurological disorders. New research shows that the right kind of astrocyte can restore order and rescue cells in brains ravaged by Parkinson’s disease.
At the end of each year, the editors of Science magazine sift through the previous 12 months of research and select ten “breakthroughs” that signify seminal scientific achievements. This year’s list includes a study by URMC neuroscientists that reveals that the brain cleans itself while we sleep.
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