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Research at the New York Influenza Center of Excellence Continues with New NIH Grant

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. 

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 | 5 comments

New Concussion Data: Two Biomarkers Better Than One

Scientists are scrambling to gather data for the FDA to support the need for a blood test to diagnose brain injury in the United States. The University of Rochester Medical Center just added significant evidence by reporting in the Journal of Neurotrauma that it might be clinically useful to measure two brain biomarkers instead of one.

10/15/2013 | 0 comments

Copper Key Contributor to Alzheimer’s

Copper is ubiquitous in the food supply and drinking water.  In the right amounts, it helps the body perform many important functions.  However, a new study points to the metal’s darker side: too much copper can accumulate in the brain and contribute to the buildup of toxic proteins that cause Alzheimer’s disease.

8/19/2013 | 1 comment

Revving up Brain’s ‘Garbage Truck’ to Treat Neurological Disorders

The newly discovered method by which the brain removes waste is causing scientists to contemplate new ways to treat “dirty brain” disease like Alzheimer’s.

6/27/2013 | 0 comments

Unraveling the Mysteries of the Blood-Brain Barrier

The biological phenomenon known as the blood-brain barrier was first observed by German scientist Paul Ehrlich in the late 1980s.  Since that time, the mechanisms by which the brain secures itself from the rest of the body have been a source of both wonder and bewilderment.

6/13/2013 | 0 comments

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