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Major family of gene-regulating proteins has drug-sized pocket
An entire class of proteins called transcription factors, which regulate the activity of certain genes by interacting with specific sequences of DNA, has largely been ignored by the pharmaceutical industry because it's difficult to design and screen drugs against them. (2016-11-02)
Bioelectronics at the speed of life
With a microfabricated ion pump built from organic electronic components, ions can be sent to nerve or muscle cells at the speed of the nervous system and with a precision of a single cell. (2016-11-02)
Procedure feared to 'suck brain from skull' safe for malaria patients
A Michigan State University researcher is challenging a widely held African belief that a spinal tap, a procedure safely used to treat other diseases, could suck the brain from the base of the skull and cause death in malaria patients. (2016-10-28)
High-frequency spinal cord stimulation provides better results in chronic back and leg pain
For patients with severe, chronic back and leg pain, a new high-frequency spinal cord stimulation (SCS) technique provides superior clinical outcomes, compared to conventional low-frequency SCS, reports a clinical trial in the November issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. (2016-10-28)
Learning Morse code without trying
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a system that teaches people Morse code within four hours using a series of vibrations felt near the ear. (2016-10-27)
JNeurosci: Highlights from the Oct. 26 issue
High levels of uric acid in the blood can accompany obesity, hypertension, and metabolic disorders, and have been linked to cognitive and memory deficits. (2016-10-26)
Gene therapy shows promise for treating Niemann-Pick disease type C1
For the first time, NIH researchers have demonstrated in mice that gene therapy may be the best method for correcting the single faulty gene that causes Niemann-Pick disease, type C1 (NPC1), a rare and fatal disorder of the central nervous system. (2016-10-26)
NASA study shows that space travel affects spine of astronauts
How does space travel affect the spine? Astronauts on long missions in space have atrophy of the muscles supporting the spine -- which don't return to normal even several weeks after their return to Earth, reports a study in Spine, published by Wolters Kluwer. (2016-10-25)
Bio-inspired lower-limb 'wearing robotic exoskeleton' for human gait rehab
Wearable 'robot-assisted training' is quickly emerging as a method that helps improve gait rehabilitation. (2016-10-25)
Dr. Zanca of Kessler Foundation receives $600,000 to improve care for people with SCI
Jeanne M. Zanca, PhD, MPT, of Kessler Foundation is the project director/principal investigator of a Field-Initiated Program award from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). (2016-10-25)
For space station astronauts, spinal muscles shrink after months in space
While astronauts on long space missions do not experience a change in spinal disc height, the muscles supporting the spine weaken, find researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine. (2016-10-25)
Surgical repair of phrenic nerve injury improves breathing
A study found that in people with breathing difficulties caused by phrenic nerve injury surgical reconstruction of the nerve can lead to significant improvement in breathing and an increase in regular physical activities. (2016-10-24)
Cedars-Sinai receives approval to test novel combined stem cell and gene therapy for ALS patients
Cedars-Sinai regenerative medicine investigators have received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to test a combination stem cell-gene therapy they developed to stall the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. (2016-10-20)
National Academy of Medicine elects Mayo Clinic's Michael Yaszemski, M.D., Ph.D.
Michael J. Yaszemski, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon and researcher, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. (2016-10-19)
New hope for recovery of hand movement for stroke patients
Stroke patients are starting a trial of a new electronic device to recover movement and control of their hand. (2016-10-19)
Dr. Weber of Kessler Foundation receives Switzer Research Fellowship for TBI research
Erica Weber, PhD, of Kessler Foundation is the recipient of a Switzer Research Fellowship, awarded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research. (2016-10-18)
CUNY-affiliated neurotechnology company wins Innovation Prize 2016
PathMaker Neurosystems, a clinical-stage neurotechnology company developing non-invasive neurotherapy systems to treat neuromotor disorders, has been named as the Recipient of the Universal Biotech Innovation Prize 2016 in the global competition that offers 'a glimpse of the future of life sciences.' (2016-10-18)
Researchers perform large genome-wide analysis of multiple sclerosis
In a genome-wide analysis of more than 110,000 samples, scientists have identified 200 loci associated with multiple sclerosis, a disease in which the immune system attacks the brain and spine, disrupting signaling between the brain and body. (2016-10-18)
Study suggests gut bacteria can aid recovery from spinal cord injury
Researchers from The Ohio State University have discovered that spinal cord injury alters the type of bacteria living in the gut and that these changes can exacerbate the extent of neurological damage and impair recovery of function. (2016-10-17)
Chronic pain researchers to expand work with $7.5M award from NIH
In order to better understand the disparity between identifiable damage and chronic pain, the National Institutes of Health has awarded $7.5 million over five years to physician-scientists at the University of Michigan Health System. (2016-10-17)
Ohio State scientists explain how gut microbes change after spinal cord injury
Spinal cord injuries cause dramatic shifts in the types of bacteria normally found in the gut, resulting in dysbiosis, which can cause or contribute to neurologic disease. (2016-10-17)
Thanks to brain chip, paralyzed man regains realistic touch in the hand
A brain implant has restored touch in the hand of a paralyzed man, who described the sensations as mimicking natural touch, according to a new study. (2016-10-13)
UT Southwestern researchers amplify regeneration of spinal nerve cells
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers successfully boosted the regeneration of mature nerve cells in the spinal cords of adult mammals -- an achievement that could one day translate into improved therapies for patients with spinal cord injuries. (2016-10-11)
UHN research team maps genomic landscape of schwannoma tumours
Researchers from the University Health Network, Toronto Western Neurosurgery Division and MacFeeters Hamilton Neuro-oncology Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have described the genomic landscape of schwannomas in a paper published online today in Nature Genetics. (2016-10-10)
UHN research team maps genomic landscape of schwannoma tumors
Researchers from the University Health Network (UHN); Toronto Western Neurosurgery Division and MacFeeters Hamilton Neuro-oncology Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have described the genomic landscape of schwannomas in a paper published online today in Nature Genetics. (2016-10-10)
Composite biomaterial scaffolds enable patterning of tissue architecture and cell identity
New designs are described for unique biomaterial scaffolds that incorporate patterned architectures and regional compartments of signaling factors that can more intricately guide stem cell development. (2016-10-10)
Kessler Foundation awarded 5-year spinal cord injury model system grant
Kessler Foundation has been awarded a Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) grant valued at $2,300,000 over 5 years (2016-2021). (2016-10-07)
Ribosomal quality control
The formation of macromolecular machines within cells is often a complicated endavour. (2016-10-06)
Researchers activate repair program for nerve fibers
Injuries to the spinal cord can cause paralysis and other permanent disabilities because severed nerve fibers do not regrow. (2016-10-06)
New grants explore role of brain's 'garbage truck' in mini-stokes and trauma
More than $4.5 million in new grants to the lab of University of Rochester Medical Center scientist Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc., underscore the important role the brain's waste disposal system may play in a range of neurological disorders. (2016-10-05)
Vitamin D increases the number of blood stem cells during embryonic development
Short exposure to vitamin D influences the number of blood stem cells in human umbilical cords and zebrafish embryos, Harvard researchers report in Cell Reports. (2016-10-04)
New device enables rapid identification of brain cancer type and tumor margin
Researchers centered at Nagoya University developed a device for rapidly determining whether a brain sample is positive for a mutation commonly associated with glioma, a type of brain cancer with poor prognosis. (2016-10-04)
Conclusions on brain-machine interfaces for communication and rehabilitation
In the journal Nature Reviews Neurology the researcher Ander Ramos of Tecnalia together with Niel Birbaumer, lecturer at the University of Tübingen, have expounded how brain-machine interfaces use brain activity to control external devices, thus enabling seriously disabled patients to interact with the environment. (2016-10-04)
Glutamate plays previously unknown role in neuromuscular development
In a new finding, University at Buffalo and Johns Hopkins researchers have shown in mice that glutamate plays a vital role in controlling how muscles and nerves are wired together during development. (2016-10-03)
Human stem cells treat spinal cord injury side effects in mice
People with spinal cord injuries suffer from many complications in addition to paralysis and numbness. (2016-10-03)
Umbilical cord antiseptic not effective in reducing infant deaths in Africa
Despite significant reductions in neonatal mortality previously reported in south Asia, applying a chlorhexidine wash to newborns' umbilical cords in sub-Saharan Africa did not reduce deaths, a study led by researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health shows. (2016-10-03)
A review on the therapeutic antibodies for spinal cord injury
Spinal cord injury (SCI) causes long-lasting damage in the spinal cord that leads to paraparesis, paraplegia, quadriplegia and other lifetime disabilities. (2016-10-03)
Clinical trial tests spinal manipulation therapy for migraines
Manual-therapy randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are difficult to perform because it's challenging to conceal a placebo when patients are able to physically feel a treatment that's being delivered. (2016-10-03)
Graded aerobic treadmill testing in children & adolescents with sports-related concussion
Graded aerobic treadmill testing is safe, tolerable, and useful in evaluating and managing cases of sports-related concussion in children and adolescents. (2016-09-13)
Cord blood transplant associated with high survival rate in high-risk leukemia patients
Umbilical cord blood transplants may have advantages beyond offering an alternative stem cell source for leukemia patients without a traditional donor match, according to a study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine. (2016-09-07)
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