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Loss of key protein boosts neuron loss in ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as ALS or more popularly, Lou Gehrig's disease, is a notorious neurodegenerative condition characterized by the progressive deterioration of brain and spinal cord neurons, resulting in the gradual but catastrophi...

Silk moth’s antenna inspires new nanotech tool with applications in Alzheimer’s...

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---By mimicking the structure of the silk moth's antenna, University of Michigan researchers led the development of a better nanopore---a tiny tunnel-shaped tool that could advance understanding of a class of neurodegenerative di...

Rare gene glitch may hold clues for schizophrenia — NIH-funded study

Scientists are eyeing a rare genetic glitch for clues to improved treatments for some people with schizophrenia -- even though they found the mutation in only one third of 1 percent of patients. In the study, funded in part by the National ...

Discovery of new gene mutation in schizophrenia offers a new target...

In a major advance for schizophrenia research, an international team of scientists led by the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and involving Trinity College Dublin researchers has identified a gene mutation strongly linked to s...

Neurologists develop software application to help identify subtle epileptic lesions

Researchers from the Department of Neurology at NYU Langone Medical Center identified potential benefits of a new computer application that automatically detects subtle brain lesions in MRI scans in patients with epilepsy. In a study published in th...

The hitch in the drug? The itch in the drug

Scratching deep beneath the surface, a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and three South Korean institutions have identified two distinct neuronal signaling pathways activated by a topical cream used...

Scientists develop method to identify fleetingly ordered protein structures

LA JOLLA, CA -- February 8, 2011 - A team of scientists from The Scripps Research Institute and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed a novel technique to observe previously unknown details of how folded structures are forme...

Learning causes structural changes in affected neurons

When a laboratory rat learns how to reach for and grab a food pellet -- a pretty complex and unnatural act for a rodent -- the acquired knowledge significantly alters the structure of the specific brain cells involved, which sprout a whopping ...

Babies process language in a grown-up way

Babies, even those too young to talk, can understand many of the words that adults are saying -- and their brains process them in a grown-up way. Combining the cutting-edge technologies of MRI and MEG, scientists at the University of Califo...

New study upends thinking about how liver disease develops

In the latest of a series of related papers, researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Austria and elsewhere, present a new and more definitive explanation of how fibrotic cells form, multiply ...

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