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Slowing brain functions linked to increased risk of stroke, death
News   Aug 08, 2014

Cognitive abilities such as memory and attention are not only important after a stroke but also before; according to research published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke. Declining memory and cognitive ability may increase the risk of stroke in adults over age 65.

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New treatment successful for rare and disabling movement disorder, mal de debarquement syndrome (MdDS)
News   Aug 08, 2014

People who suffer from a rare illness, the Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS), now have a chance for full recovery thanks to treatment developed by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

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Study finds lipids boost the brain
News   Aug 08, 2014

Consuming oils with high polyunsaturated fatty acid content, in particular those containing omega-3s, is beneficial for the health. But the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are poorly known. Researchers at the Institut de Pharmacologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire (CNRS/Université Nice Sophia Antipolis), the Unité Compartimentation et Dynamique Cellulaires (CNRS/Institut Curie/UPMC), the INSERM and the Université de Poitiers investigated the effect of lipids bearing polyunsaturated chains when they are integrated into cell membranes.

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Stem cells show promise for stroke in pilot study
News   Aug 08, 2014

A stroke therapy using stem cells extracted from patients' bone marrow has shown promising results in the first trial of its kind in humans.

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Unravelling the mystery of brain cell growth
News   Aug 08, 2014

In the developing brain, special proteins that act like molecular tugboats push or pull on growing nerve cells, or neurons, helping them navigate to their assigned places amidst the brain's wiring.

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Link between vitamin D and dementia risk confirmed
News   Aug 07, 2014

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in older people, according to the most robust study of its kind ever conducted.

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Nasal test for human prion disease developed
News   Aug 07, 2014

A nasal brush test can rapidly and accurately diagnose Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), an incurable and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disorder, according to a study by National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and their Italian colleagues.

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Promising avenue for treatment of ALS identified
News   Aug 07, 2014

A series of studies begun by Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) scientists eight years ago has lead to a report published August 6 that may be a major step forward in the quest to develop real treatments for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

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Neural signaling finding may aid recovery from spinal cord injury
News   Aug 06, 2014

Researchers in the Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS) have achieved the first conclusive non-invasive measurement of neural signaling in the spinal cords of healthy human volunteers.

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New prosthetic arm controlled by neural messages
News   Aug 06, 2014

A new design aims to identify the memory of movement in the amputee's brain in order to manipulate the prosthetic device.

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