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Paralyzed Patients Walk Again After Targeted Spinal Cord Stimulation
Paralyzed Patients Walk Again After Targeted Spinal Cord Stimulation
News   Nov 01, 2018

Three patients with chronic paraplegia were able to walk over ground thanks to precise electrical stimulation of their spinal cords via a wireless implant. In a double study published in Nature and Nature Neuroscience, Swiss scientists Grégoire Courtine (EPFL and CHUV/Unil) and Jocelyne Bloch (CHUV/Unil) show that, after a few months of training, the patients were able to control previously paralyzed leg muscles even in the absence of electrical stimulation.

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Appendix Removal Lowers Parkinson's Disease Risk by up to 25%
Appendix Removal Lowers Parkinson's Disease Risk by up to 25%
News   Nov 01, 2018

Largest study of its kind shows the appendix acts as a reservoir for disease-associated proteins and appendectomy lowers the risk of developing Parkinson’s.

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1 in 4 Statisticians Asked to Commit Scientific Fraud
1 in 4 Statisticians Asked to Commit Scientific Fraud
News   Nov 01, 2018

A stunning report concludes that researchers often ask statisticians to make "inappropriate requests." Not accidental requests for incorrect statistical analyses; but unscrupulous data manipulation or even fraud.

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Wireless Sensor Could Save Hydrocephalus Patients From Unnecessary Surgery
Wireless Sensor Could Save Hydrocephalus Patients From Unnecessary Surgery
News   Nov 01, 2018

For someone with hydrocephalus – a potentially life-threatening condition in which excess fluid builds up in the brain – even something as benign as a headache can indicate a serious problem that can result in a hospital visit and sometimes surgery. A new wireless, Band-Aid-like sensor could revolutionize the way patients manage hydrocephalus and potentially save the U.S. health care system millions of dollars.

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In-Depth Analysis Sorts Mouse Cortex into 133 "Cell Types"
In-Depth Analysis Sorts Mouse Cortex into 133 "Cell Types"
News   Nov 01, 2018

Neuroscientists have moved one step closer to understanding the complete list of cell types in the brain. In the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, the researchers sorted cells from the cortex, the outermost shell and the cognitive center of the brain, into 133 different “cell types” based on the genes the cells switch on and off.

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How LSD Changes Perception
How LSD Changes Perception
News   Oct 31, 2018

LSD changes the communication patterns between regions of the brain, a new study by researchers of the University of Zurich and Yale University shows. The study also provides insights into how mental health disorders develop and how these could be treated.

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Neuropathological Gene Shows Altered Lipid Metabolism
Neuropathological Gene Shows Altered Lipid Metabolism
News   Oct 31, 2018

Pathway identified which affects stress-induced lipid metabolism, implicates epigenetic dysregulation in relevant human diseases.

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The Brain Points the Way to 'Green' Wireless Communication
The Brain Points the Way to 'Green' Wireless Communication
News   Oct 31, 2018

Researchers are always seeking more reliable and more efficient communications, for everything from televisions and cellphones to satellites and medical devices. However, some of the most exciting techniques are highly energy demanding. Now, researchers are using brain-inspired machine learning techniques to increase the energy efficiency of wireless receivers to make communications greener.

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Barn Owls Help Explain How the Brain Pays Attention
Barn Owls Help Explain How the Brain Pays Attention
News   Oct 31, 2018

By studying barn owls, scientists believe they've taken an important step toward solving the long-standing mystery of how the brain chooses what most deserves attention. The finding likely applies to all animals, including humans, and offers new insight into what goes wrong in brains of people who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

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Liquid Biopsy Allows Measurement of Brain Tumor Therapy Response
Liquid Biopsy Allows Measurement of Brain Tumor Therapy Response
News   Oct 31, 2018

Liquid biopsy approach provides a molecular-based tool for tumor characterization, and is the first to indicate clinical utility of ctDNA for longitudinal surveillance of diffuse midline glioma.

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