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    16-May-2019 4:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 712672

Ultrasound Used To Trigger Insulin Release in Mice Shows Promise for Future Diabetes Therapy

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Current treatments of Type 2 diabetes can help the body use insulin at various stages of the disease, but they can also be expensive and subject patients to lifelong medication regimens and side effects. Thanks to new therapeutic ultrasound technology, one promising alternative looks to reshape how early Type 2 diabetes is managed. A group of researchers has used ultrasound therapy to stimulate insulin release from mice on demand. The team will present their findings at the 177th ASA Meeting, May 13-17.

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10-May-2019 11:20 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712747

How mutations lead to neurodegenerative disease

University of Adelaide

Scientists have discovered how mutations in DNA can cause neurodegenerative disease. The discovery is an important step towards better treatment to slow the progression or delay onset in a range of incurable diseases such as Huntington’s and motor neurone disease – possibly through the use, in new ways, of existing anti-inflammatory drugs.

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13-May-2019 8:25 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712634

Researchers Discover “Daywake,” a Siesta-Suppressing Gene

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Rutgers researchers have identified a siesta-suppressing gene in fruit flies, which sheds light on the biology that helps many creatures, including humans, balance the benefits of a good nap against those of getting important activities done during the day.

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9-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712475

Biophysicists Resolve True Structure of Highly Promising Optogenetic Protein KR2 Rhodopsin

Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

A team of biophysicists has discovered and studied the structure of the KR2 rhodopsin under physiological conditions. This pioneering work breaks ground for a future breakthrough in optogenetics, a highly relevant area of biomedicine with applications in neurological disease treatment and more. The fundamental discovery will lead to a new instrument for efficient therapy of depression, anxiety disorders, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease.

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7-May-2019 11:45 AM EDT
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    2-May-2019 4:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 712056

Blood Pressure Drug Shows No Benefit in Parkinson’s Disease

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A study of a blood pressure drug does not show any benefit for people with Parkinson’s disease, according to findings released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 4 to 10, 2019. The drug isradipine had shown promise in small, early studies and hopes were high that this could be the first drug to slow the progression of the disease.

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29-Apr-2019 1:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712089

Why a smell test could become part of a regular doctor visit

Michigan State University

A new Michigan State University study suggests that older adults with poor sense of smell may see an almost 50% increase in their risk of dying within 10 years – surprisingly in healthier individuals.

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30-Apr-2019 2:35 AM EDT
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Article ID: 711691

Geriatric Marmosets Moving to the Southwest National Primate Research Center

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Texas Biomedical Research Institute and UT Health San Antonio have signed an animal care and joint research agreement to move dozens of important research animals from the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies to the Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC) on the Texas Biomed campus.

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22-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 711410

Technology Automatically Senses How Parkinson’s Patients Respond to Medication

Florida Atlantic University

Adjusting the frequency and dosage of Parkinson’s patients’ medication is complex. In their “ON” state they respond positively to medication and in their “OFF” state symptoms return. Addressing these fluctuations requires a clinical exam, history-taking or a patient’s self-report, which are not always practical or reliable. A new technology that combines an algorithm with a senor-based system using wearable motion sensors, automatically, continuously and reliably detects a patient’s medication ON and OFF states without patient or physician engagement.

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17-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 711072

Rutgers Scientists Discover New Role for Sensory Signals in the Brain

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Learning how to tie a shoe or shoot a basketball isn’t easy, but the brain somehow integrates sensory signals that are critical to coordinating movements so you can get it right. Now, Rutgers scientists have discovered that sensory signals in the brain’s cerebral cortex, which plays a key role in controlling movement and other functions, have a different pattern of connections between nerve cells and different effects on behavior than motor signals. The motor area of the cortex sends signals to stimulate muscles.

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11-Apr-2019 11:00 AM EDT

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