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Telomeres Might Predict Lung Cancer Recurrence

Telomeres are sections of DNA that tell an interesting story about lifespan. Shorter telomeres usually suggest a shorter life -- but new research by a Wilmot lung cancer expert shows that longer telomeres might be a promising biomarker for a recurrence of early stage lung cancer.

Study Links Fitness Level and HIV-related Dementia

More and more people with HIV are reaching their 50s and beyond thanks to advances in anti-retroviral therapies.  That is good news.  However, one of the long term impacts of living with the disease is a heightened risk of cognitive problems, such as dementia and functional decline.

12/16/2013 | 5 comments

“Virtual” House Calls Provide Effective Parkinson’s Care

When James Parkinson published an essay in 1817 describing the condition that would eventually bear his name, his findings were formulated – in great part – by watching people walk the streets and parks near his home in London.  Flash forward some 200 years and this basic principal of observation could enable neurologists to provide care directly to Parkinson’s patients who are sitting in their own living rooms thousands of miles away.

12/5/2013 | 0 comments

Drug May Blunt Neurological Damage Caused by Liver Failure

Individuals with impaired liver function are unable to remove ammonia – a by-product of normal cellular activity – from their bodies fast enough.  This result is a host of neurological problems, including seizures, for which doctors have no effective treatment.  A new study shows that an existing blood pressure drug may be able to prevent the molecular chain reaction in the brain triggered by ammonia. 

11/20/2013 | 1 comment

Study Links Menstrual Cycle, Concussion Outcomes in Women

Researchers found that women injured during the two weeks leading up to their period (the premenstrual phase) had a slower recovery and poorer health one month after injury compared to women injured during the two weeks directly after their period or women taking birth control pills.

11/13/2013 | 1 comment

A Good Night’s Sleep Really Does ‘Clear the Mind’

Why do we sleep?  It is a question that has long puzzled scientists and philosophers alike.  While the ancient Greeks saw sleep as a doorway to the divine, scientists and biologists see it as an invitation to be devoured by nocturnal predators.  A new study – appearing today in the journal Science – may provide the answer: when we sleep our brain ‘takes out the trash.’

10/17/2013 | 6 comments