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UCSF Researchers Uncover an Unexpected Role for Endostatin in the Nervous System

Researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF) have discovered that endostatin, a protein that once aroused intense interest as a possible cancer treatment, plays a key role in the stable functioning of the nervous system.

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Monitoring Pulse After Stroke May Prevent a Second Stroke

New research suggests that regularly monitoring your pulse after a stroke or the pulse of a loved one who has experienced a stroke may be a simple and effective first step in detecting irregular heartbeat, a major cause of having a second stroke. The study is published in the July 23, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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ASU Researcher Shows How Stress Hormones Promote Brain’s Building of Negative Memories

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A team from ASU and UC Irvine has discovered a key component to better understanding how traumatic memories may be strengthened in women. Their study's findings suggest that developing clinical treatments that could lower norepinephrine levels immediately following a traumatic event might offer a way to prevent this memory-enhancing mechanism from occurring.

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Study Finds Potential Genetic Link Between Epilepsy and Neurodegenerative Disorders

A new University of Iowa study, published online July 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals a potential link between epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders.

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New Research Finds Pathogenic Connection between Autoimmune Disorders and Cancer

Autoimmune disorders may share certain pathogenic mechanisms with cancer, according to a new report published in PLOS ONE by Linda Kusner, Ph.D., assistant research professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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Major Dopamine System Helps Restore Consciousness After General Anesthesia

Researchers may be one step closer to better understanding how anesthesia works. A study in the August issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), found stimulating a major dopamine-producing region in the brain, the ventral tegmental area (VTA), caused rats to wake from general anesthesia, suggesting that this region plays a key role in restoring consciousness after general anesthesia. Activating this region at the end of surgery could provide a novel approach to proactively induce consciousness from anesthesia in surgical patients, researchers say.

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Study Links Enzyme to Alzheimer’s Disease

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Unclogging the body’s protein disposal system may improve memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers in Korea.

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