Can a Nerve Injury Trigger ALS?News
A growing collection of anecdotal stories raises the possibility that nerve injury in an arm or a leg can act as a trigger for the development amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS — a progressive neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the famous New York Yankee who died of it in 1941.
Multi-organ "Human-on-a-Chip" Enables Long-term Toxicology TestingNews
The microfluidic device with interlinking modules containing human-derived heart, liver, skeletal muscle and nervous system cells was able to maintain cellular viability and record cellular function in real-time for 28 days.Read more
Human Gene Linked to a Better Recovery From StrokeNews
Neuroscientists have found that patients born without a gene called CCR5 recover better from mild stroke than patients with the gene.Read more
Study Could Lead to Sun Protection for Patients With Rare Genetic DiseaseNews
Skin cells taken from patients with a rare genetic disorder are up to ten times more sensitive to damage from ultraviolet A radiation in laboratory tests, than those from a healthy population, according to new research from the University of Bath.
World Yoga Day: Finding the OM in GenOMicsArticle
A recent climb in the number of people taking up a regular yoga or meditation practise has seen the terms “downward dog” and “tree pose” enter the everyday vocabulary of many. Today, on World Yoga Day, people come together across the world to celebrate the unity that yoga brings. However, from a scientific perspective, what evidence exists that supports the benefits of a regular yoga and meditation practise?
'Smiling depression': It's Possible to be Depressed While Appearing HappyArticle
Here's why that's particularly dangerous.Read more
Frontal Lobe Paradox: Where People Have Brain Damage But Don't Know ItArticle
Humans have big brains and our frontal lobes, just behind the forehead, are particularly huge. Injuries to this part of the brain often happen after blows to the head or a stroke. Paradoxically, some people with frontal lobe injuries can seem unaffected – until they’ve been carefully evaluated.Read more
Pluripotent Stem Cells in Drug Discovery: Can We Stem the Tide of Unsuccessful Drugs?Article
Stem cells were first discovered in human cord blood in 1978. Why would we think they can be of more help now? This article delves into reasons behind the sudden interest in stem cells, and highlights how they can be used to advance drug discovery.Read more
The Science of Why so Many People Believe in Psychic PowersArticle
You would think that instances of proven psychic fraud over the years would weaken the credibility of psychic claims.Read more