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A Further Dimension to Drug Discovery: Combining 3D Culture With iPSCs
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Running in parallel with advances in 3D cell culture is the growing use of human cells derived from induced pluripotent stem cells. Researchers are interested in testing drugs in the most physiologically relevant models possible, so it was only a matter of time before these two approaches converged – providing optimized systems for disease modeling and drug toxicity testing.

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Sensitivity vs Specificity
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When developing diagnostic tests or evaluating results, it is important to understand how reliable those tests and therefore the results you are obtaining are. By using samples of known disease status, values such as sensitivity and specificity can be calculated that allow you to evaluate just that.

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Stimulation Gives Working Memory a Boost
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A new study from Boston University researchers suggests that non-invasive stimulation using weak electrical current can reverse the effects of aging on working memory, at least temporarily, by synchronizing different rhythms of brainwave.

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New Neurons Until Ninety: Discovering Neurogenesis in the Adult Hippocampus
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Far from being a process that ends in maturity, a new study has found that the adult human brain is capable of producing new neurons until the tenth decade of life. This ability is substantially impaired in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), which researchers say could help predict the onset of AD.

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Can Physical Exercise Help Keep Our Brain Healthy?
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Exercise might not be fun, but it’s good for your body. Over the years, science has well established that exercise can cut your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. But the ways that exercise affects the brain are still under investigation, although new research suggests it may be essential for the growth of new neurons.

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World Down Syndrome Day 2019: An Interview With Down Syndrome Expert Dr Julia Kinder
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Dr Julia Kinder is a Down syndrome expert, national speaker, author, career consultant, fitness guru, and family practice physician. March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day, and we caught up with Julia to ask her how scientists, parents, and doctors can work together to benefit the lives of people with Down syndrome.

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Exploring Sleep and Genetics on World Sleep Day 2019
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March 15, 2019 marks World Sleep Day, an annual event organized by the World Sleep Society to celebrate sleep. Today, we explore the scientific research that looks at the links between our genes, why we sleep, and the negative impact a lack of sleep may have.

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Lower Brain Connectivity Makes the Working Day Tougher for Night Owls
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Working together with scientists at the University of Campinas in Brazil, and the University of Surrey, Birmingham researchers found that the brains of night owls have lower levels of connectivity in many brain regions which are implicated in the maintenance of consciousness.

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Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in Science
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We recently spoke with Jessica Wade, PhD, a physicist at Imperial College London to learn more about her extraordinary efforts to raise the profile of female scientists and other underrepresented groups in science.

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Establishing Immune Memory to Rabies in the CNS
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Researchers from Philadelphia University and Thomas Jefferson University have highlighted how building a strong immune memory response to rabies virus in the brain and spinal cord is key to protecting the CNS against infection.

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