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Released: 18-Jul-2022 3:20 PM EDT
FSU Team Makes Discovery Advancing Epilepsy Research
Florida State University

A team of Florida State University College of Medicine researchers has found a link between a specific protein in the brain and increased vulnerability to neurodegeneration for individuals with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE).

Released: 29-Jun-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Organoids Reveal Similarities Between Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 & Rett Syndrome
UC San Diego Health

Using brain organoids, UC San Diego researchers discover mutational commonalities between muscular dystrophy type 1 and Rett syndrome, suggesting the potential of a similar treatment for both.

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Released: 28-Jun-2022 3:05 PM EDT
Dynamic Cells Linked to Brain Tumor Growth and Recurrence
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Tumors are made up of many types of cells, both cancerous and benign. The specific complexity of the cells inside brain tumors has been a trademark of the disease, one that makes treatment extremely difficult. While scientists have long known about the variety of cells within a brain tumor, the ways these tumors grow has relied on the understanding that the cells are static, unmoving and relatively fixed.

Released: 23-Jun-2022 6:00 AM EDT
Scientists Hope to Create a Health ‘Scorecard’ for Dementia Risk
UC Davis Health

An important new study of diverse communities is looking at how brain changes, genetics and other factors contribute to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The results could affect millions. Among people 65 and older, about 1 in 9 has Alzheimer’s disease.

9-May-2022 12:45 PM EDT
Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Not Linked to Epilepsy in Children
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A new study suggests that antidepressant use by mothers during the first trimester of pregnancy does not increase the chances of epilepsy and seizures in babies. The research is published in the May 11, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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6-May-2022 2:35 PM EDT
Multi-Tasking Wearable Continuously Monitors Glucose, Alcohol, and Lactate
University of California San Diego

Imagine being able to measure your blood sugar levels, know if you’ve had too much to drink, and track your fatigue during a workout, all in one small device worn on your skin. UC San Diego engineers developed a prototype of such a wearable that continuously monitors several health stats at once.

Newswise: Neural Pathway Key to Sensation of Pleasant Touch Identified
27-Apr-2022 5:30 PM EDT
Neural Pathway Key to Sensation of Pleasant Touch Identified
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers from the Washington University Center for the Study of Itch and Sensory Disorders have identified a specific neuropeptide and a neural circuit that transmit pleasant touch from the skin to the brain. The findings eventually may help scientists better understand and treat disorders characterized by touch avoidance and impaired social development.

Released: 19-Apr-2022 4:45 PM EDT
Mayo researchers, collaborators affirm useful blood biomarker for group of brain disorders in new study
Mayo Clinic

A test of protein in the blood gets further support as a biomarker for patients diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a group of brain disorders with few treatment options. These disorders are characterized by changes in behavior, cognition, language or movement.

24-Mar-2022 4:05 PM EDT
CHOP Researchers Redefine the Mechanisms of Dravet Syndrome
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Researchers have found that dysfunction in an important cell subtype in the brain’s neuronal network contribute to chronic symptoms in the neurodevelopmental disorder Dravet syndrome.

14-Mar-2022 5:20 PM EDT
When the Brain Sees a Familiar Face

Researchers have uncovered new information about how the area of the brain responsible for memory is triggered when the eyes come to rest on a face versus another object or image.

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Released: 14-Mar-2022 2:55 PM EDT
‘Dancing’ Laboratory Rats Show How the Brain Learns, Perfects, Then Unconsciously Performs a Skillful Movement
University of Maryland School of Medicine

A researcher at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and his colleagues at Harvard University, have shown in rats how several brain regions need to work together to acquire a skill and replicate it flawlessly with each rat adding their own personal flair in the form of a “dance.”

Released: 11-Mar-2022 3:10 PM EST
Brain Cell Insight Could Lead to New Treatments for Neurological-based Diseases
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

New research may help scientists locate immature cells in the central nervous system that could shed light on the causes of neurodegenerative diseases like multiple sclerosis—and autoimmune disease that affects the brain and nervous system—and allow for the development of better therapeutic treatments.

Released: 1-Mar-2022 2:30 PM EST
Nationwide Study Led by U of U Health Tests New Treatment for “Brain on Fire” Disease
University of Utah Health

University of Utah Health researchers are leading a five-year, $22-million nationwide clinical trial for NMDA receptor encephalitis––a type of autoimmune encephalitis that prompts the immune system to mistakenly attack the brain, causing confusion, memory loss, seizures, and symptoms similar to bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions.

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8-Feb-2022 7:05 PM EST
Hungry for Love: Gut Molecule Discovered that Flips the Feeding-to-Mating Switch
University of California San Diego

Scientists have identified a molecule released from the fruit fly gut after a protein-rich meal that switches their focus from eating to courtship. The discovery of Dh31, a type of chemical messenger, opens the door to unexplored areas of gut-to-brain communication.

13-Jan-2022 11:05 AM EST
Study identifies Epstein-Barr as a leading candidate for cause of Multiple Sclerosis
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

A new study published Jan. 13 in Science reports that Epstein-Barr virus infection – known for causing mononucleosis or “mono,” could be a primary cause for multiple sclerosis.

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Released: 18-Oct-2021 11:30 AM EDT
For oxygen-deprived newborns, rewarming after cooling therapy can trigger seizures
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Oxygen-deprived newborns who undergo cooling therapy to protect their brains are at an elevated risk of seizures and brain damage during the rewarming period, which could be a precursor of disability or death, a new study by a team of researchers led by a UT Southwestern pediatrician suggests. The finding, published online in JAMA Neurology, could lead to better ways to protect these vulnerable patients during an often overlooked yet critical period of cooling – or hypothermia – therapy.

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Released: 5-Oct-2021 1:40 PM EDT
$35 million to support study of sleep disorder linked to neurodegeneration
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) of McGill University have received a five-year grant expected to total $35.1 million for an extension of a study designed to develop biomarkers that indicate which people with the sleep disorder will go on to develop neurodegenerative diseases.

Released: 5-Oct-2021 1:10 PM EDT
Sleep disorder linked to neurodegeneration aim of NIH-funded grant
Mayo Clinic

People with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder act out their dreams. While sleeping safely in bed, for example, they might throw up their arms to catch an imaginary ball or try to run from an illusory assailant.

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Released: 29-Sep-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Glioma subtype may hold the secret to the success of immunotherapies
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A common mutation in gliomas sensitizes them to immunotherapy, a finding which researchers believe could have broader therapeutic implications for all glioma patients.

Released: 28-Sep-2021 11:20 AM EDT
Cleveland Clinic Study Suggests Steroid Nasal Sprays May Help Improve Outcomes in Severe COVID-19 Disease
Cleveland Clinic

A recent Cleveland Clinic study found that patients who regularly use steroid nasal sprays are less likely to develop severe COVID-19-related disease, including a 20 to 25% lower risk of hospitalization, ICU admission and mortality. The study was published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

Released: 19-Aug-2021 2:10 PM EDT
Treating newly infected COVID-19 patients with plasma from COVID survivors demonstrates no significant benefit, study finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A NIH study co-led and designed by Michigan Medicine researchers found that using convalescent plasma to treat newly infected #COVID-19 patients demonstrated no significant benefit. The trial was stopped in February 2021 due to lack of efficacy based on planned interim analysis

Released: 11-Aug-2021 11:35 AM EDT
NIBIB-Funded Bioengineers Hit Neurons with Targeted Ultrasound in Approach to Inhibit Pain
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

NIH-funded researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated the potential of a neuromodulation approach that uses low-intensity ultrasound energy, called transcranial focused ultrasound—or tFUS.

9-Jul-2021 8:05 PM EDT
Innovative Gene Therapy 'Reprograms' Cells To Reverse Neurological Deficiencies
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

A new method of gene therapy is helping children born with a rare genetic disorder called AADC deficiency that causes severe physical and developmental disabilities. The study was led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Released: 7-Jul-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Gene Editing Therapy in Early Stages of Huntington’s Disease May Slow Down Symptom Progression, Mouse Study Shows
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In a new study on mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that using MRI scans to measure blood volume in the brain can serve as a noninvasive way to potentially track the progress of gene editing therapies for early-stage Huntington’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that attacks brain cells. The researchers say that by identifying and treating the mutation known to cause Huntington’s disease with this type of gene therapy, before a patient starts showing symptoms, it may slow progression of the disease.

Released: 21-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Genetic Cause of Neurodevelopmental Disorder Discovered
University of Maryland School of Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers identified a new gene that may be linked to certain neurodevelopmental disorders and intellectual disabilities.

Released: 15-Jun-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Yale Cancer Center Study Reveals New Pathway for Brain Tumor Therapy
Yale Cancer Center

In a new study led by Yale Cancer Center, researchers show the nucleoside transporter ENT2 may offer an unexpected path to circumventing the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and enabling targeted treatment of brain tumors with a cell-penetrating anti-DNA autoantibody.

14-Jun-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Study Finds Association Between Head Impacts and Imaging Changes in Youth Football Players Over Consecutive Seasons
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

With preseason football training on the horizon, a new study shows that head impacts experienced during practice are associated with changes in brain imaging of young players over multiple seasons.

27-May-2021 11:15 AM EDT
Genetic mutation linked to childhood ALS
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Scientists have identified a novel form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, that affects children, according to an international collaborative study, “Childhood Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Caused by Excess Sphingolipid Synthesis,” published May 30, 2021, in Nature Medicine. This is the first example of a mutation that perturbs a specific metabolic pathway as causative for ALS.

Released: 20-May-2021 1:55 PM EDT
‘Brain fog’ persists among COVID-19 long-haulers
DePaul University

As people with long-haul COVID-19 continue to recover from their illness, neurocognitive symptoms may persist or even worsen over time, as reported in new findings from researchers at DePaul University.

Released: 19-May-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Final results of SPRINT study confirm controlling blood pressure critically important in preventing heart disease and stroke
University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

News release about the follow-up data from the landmark SPRINT study of the effect of high blood pressure on cardiovascular disease have confirmed that aggressive blood pressure management — lowering systolic blood pressure to less than 120 mm Hg -- dramatically reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death from these diseases, as well as death from all causes, compared to lowering systolic blood pressure to less than 140 mm Hg.

6-May-2021 3:00 PM EDT
Who Is Affected By Brain Pressure Disorder the Most?
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Black and Hispanic women may be more likely than white women to have a brain pressure disorder called idiopathic intracranial hypertension, according to a study published in the May 12, 2021, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The disorder may also be more common in women who live in low-income areas or in areas with more fast-food restaurants and convenience stores than grocery stores, also known as “food swamps.”

7-May-2021 3:40 PM EDT
For the Brain, Timing Is Everything
Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

New study from Joshua Jacobs (Columbia Engineering) and Itzhak Fried (UCLA) demonstrates the existence of phase precession in the human brain for the first time, and shows that this neural code not only links sequential positions, as in animals, but also abstract progression towards specific goals. Says lead author Salman Qasim, “We were convinced that phase precession held a lot of promise as a widespread neural code that could be used for learning and cognition.”

Released: 5-Apr-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Unique mini-microscope provides insight into complex brain functions
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

Researchers from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Science and Engineering and Medical School have developed a unique head-mounted mini-microscope device that allows them to image complex brain functions of freely moving mice in real time over a period of more than 300 days. The groundbreaking study provides new insight into fundamental research that could improve human brain conditions such as concussions, autism, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as better understanding the brain’s role in addiction.

Released: 17-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Researchers Identify Head Impact Rates in Four Major High School Sports
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

A new study used head impact sensors in four different sports and studied male and female athletes to determine which of these sports put students at the highest risk for head impacts that could lead to concussions.

Released: 8-Mar-2021 1:20 PM EST
New discovery explains antihypertensive properties of green and black tea
University of California, Irvine

A new study from the University of California, Irvine shows that compounds in both green and black tea relax blood vessels by activating ion channel proteins in the blood vessel wall. The discovery helps explain the antihypertensive properties of tea and could lead to the design of new blood pressure-lowering medications.

15-Feb-2021 8:15 AM EST
USU’s Genome Center Helps Identify Genes That Can Open New Avenues in Dementia Research
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Five genes may play a key part in influencing if a person will contract Lewy body dementia, and possibly dementia from Parkinson's and Alzheimer’s diseases, according to a study published in Nature Genetics Feb. 15. The genes, BIN1, TMEM175, SNCA, APOE, and GBA, were identified by a team of scientists at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, and sequenced by The American Genome Center (TAGC), a series of state-of-the-art laboratories at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Released: 11-Feb-2021 8:05 AM EST
Cold sores: Discovery reveals how stress, illness and even sunburn trigger flareups
University of Virginia Health System

The finding could lead to new ways to prevent cold sores and herpes-related eye disease from reoccurring, the researchers report.

31-Jan-2021 7:00 PM EST
Study May Help Pregnant Women and Others ‘Scratch’ Spinal Morphine-Induced Itch
Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh

Researchers identified spinal cord neurons responsible for an itchy sensation after an epidural morphine injection and found a drug that may fix the problem without reducing morphine’s pain-killing effects.

Released: 26-Jan-2021 11:40 AM EST
Wayne State secures more than $5 million in NIH funding for cerebral palsy research
Wayne State University Division of Research

The National Institutes of Health is supporting a Wayne State University School of Medicine physician-researcher’s work at preventing and treating cerebral palsy in the form of two new five-year R01 grants worth a collective $5.59 million.

Released: 19-Jan-2021 3:05 AM EST
Alzheimer's microbe hypothesis gets major NIH funding
MCI 911

After years of paltry funding, research on the possible role of microbes in the causation of Alzheimer's disease will now get a major infusion of grants from the NIH's National Institute on Aging

8-Jan-2021 4:30 PM EST
Memory May Be Preserved in Condition with Brain Changes Similar to Alzheimer’s Disease
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Primary progressive aphasia is a rare neurodegenerative condition characterized by prominent language problems that worsen over time. About 40% of people with the condition have underlying Alzheimer’s disease. But a new study has found that people with the condition may not develop the memory problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The study is published in the January 13, 2021, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Released: 30-Dec-2020 12:05 PM EST
LSU Health New Orleans discovers potential new RX strategy for stroke
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans

Research conducted at LSU Health New Orleans Neuroscience Center of Excellence reports that a combination of an LSU Health-patented drug and selected DHA derivatives is more effective in protecting brain cells and increasing recovery after stroke than a single drug.

Released: 30-Nov-2020 11:20 AM EST
Research unlocks new information about reading through visual dictionary in the brain
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The uniquely human ability to read is the cornerstone of modern civilization, yet very little is understood about the effortless ability to derive meaning from written words. Scientists at UTHealth have now identified a crucial region in the temporal lobe, know as the mid-fusiform cortex, which appears to act as the brain’s visual dictionary.

Released: 23-Nov-2020 12:15 PM EST
Scientists Identify Brain Cells that Help Drive Bodily Reaction to Fear, Anxiety
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

This research helps illuminate the neural roots of emotions, and points to the possibility that a population of arousal-related neurons might be a target of future treatments for anxiety disorders and other illnesses involving abnormal arousal responses.

Released: 9-Nov-2020 3:40 PM EST
Novel Drug May Improve Treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

A novel drug called vamorolone may improve the efficacy of corticosteroid treatment for patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy — a rare form of inherited and progressive muscular dystrophy, according findings from a clinical trial published in the journal PLOS Medicine.

Released: 28-Oct-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Study Documents Racial Differences In U.S. Hospice Use And End-Of-Life Care Preferences
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In a new medical records analysis of racial disparities in end-of-life care, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine and three collaborating institutions report that Black patients voluntarily seek substantially more intensive treatment, such as mechanical ventilation, gastronomy tube insertion, hemodialysis, CPR and multiple emergency room visits in the last six months of life, while white patients more often choose hospice services.

Released: 21-Oct-2020 2:55 PM EDT
Mayo Clinic contributes to diagnostic, therapeutic advance for rare neurodegenerative disorder
Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic researchers, along with national and global collaborators, have developed a potential test for Machado-Joseph disease, or spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3) ― a disease that has no cure. They also have clarified the role of a gene target associated with the disease.

Released: 13-Oct-2020 1:00 PM EDT
Source of Rare Intellectual Disability Syndrome Discovered
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

New findings from scientists at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago have revealed previously unknown information about the genetic basis for Armfield XLID syndrome, a rare intellectual disability linked to genetic defects in the X chromosome.

9-Oct-2020 3:50 PM EDT
Scientists Report Role for Dopamine and Serotonin in Human Perception and Decision-making
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine have recorded real time changes in dopamine and serotonin levels in the human brain that are involved with perception and decision-making. These same neurochemicals also are critical to movement disorders and psychiatric conditions, including substance abuse and depression.

Released: 6-Oct-2020 2:50 PM EDT
Researchers receive more than $53 million to study role of white matter lesions in dementia
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A $53.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will aid brain scientists, including a researcher from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), in studying the role of incidental white matter lesions, or WMLs, in dementia among diverse people with cognitive complaints.

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