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It takes two to tango in HIV-associated brain damage

It takes two to tango in HIV-associated brain damage

HIV-associated brain damage occurs extensively, even in patients who are taking otherwise effective traditional anti-HIV therapy. This is a result of potent cooperation between two types of special immunological cells within the brain called monocytes and platelets. A recent paper published by University researchers in the Journal of Immunology demonstrates the presence of these platelet-monocyte ‘teams’ in HIV infected individuals and how these teams lead to increased neuronal damage.

 

6/3/2014
Bird Song Points to Potential New Huntington’s Treatment

Bird Song Points to Potential New Huntington’s Treatment

Mimicking the biology of canaries, researchers have successfully reprogrammed the brain’s native stem cells to create neurons capable of replacing the cells lost in Huntington’s disease.  The experiments – which were done in both mice and squirrel monkeys – could point to a new treatment strategy for the disease.

6/6/2013