Reduction in insomnia symptoms associated with non-invasive neurotechnology

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — September 17, 2020 — For people with chronic insomnia, a good night’s sleep is elusive. But what if insomnia symptoms could be alleviated by simply listening to one’s own brainwaves? Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Health conducted a clinical trial that showed reduced insomnia symptoms and improved autonomic nervous system function using…

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Endocrine Society shifts ENDO 2021 to virtual format

Washington, DC — The Endocrine Society will switch its annual meeting, ENDO 2021, to a fully virtual format, the Society announced today. «After thoughtful deliberation regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the global prospect and inclination for in-person events,we have decided to move forward with ENDO 2021 in a virtual format,» said Society President Gary…

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The acrobatic hydra shows off: How environmental cues can affect behavior

WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Although it may seem counterintuitive, researchers are turning to an animal without a brain to crack the neural code underlying behavior. Hydra vulgaris, a tiny, tentacled, freshwater organism, uses «nets» of neurons dispersed throughout its tube-like body to coordinate stretching, contracting, somersaulting, and feeding movements. This simple nervous system is one…

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OHSU-VA research suggests strategies to reduce missed appointments

Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University and the VA Portland Health Care System conducted in-depth interviews with patients at the VA and came up with a series of six recommendations to reduce the number of times patients miss appointments. The study is published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. «No-shows are a big…

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Tweets show vapers rarely use e-cigarettes to quit smoking or improve health

The vast majority of Twitter users who vape with JUUL e-cigarettes are not using the devices to stop smoking or to improve their health, according to a research team led by University of Utah Health scientists. The researchers say this finding, which challenges JUUL’s stated mission of improving smokers’ lives, could help hone anti-smoking and…

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Morris Animal Foundation awards nearly $1M in grants for new studies for equine health

Morris Animal Foundation, a leader in advancing animal health, has awarded nearly $1 million in large animal health research grants, supporting 14 projects. The studies will help veterinary scientists improve the well-being of horses through improved prevention and treatment of numerous health challenges, including eye cancer, heart arrhythmias and risks for injury from air transport.…

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Imaging probe to visualize Alzheimer’s disease-related gamma-secretase in the brain

BOSTON — Scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have developed a molecular imaging probe to reveal Alzheimer’s disease (AD)-related γ-secretase in rodents and macaques with translational potentials in humans. γ-Secretase is a key player in the etiology of AD and a prime drug target for AD, whose brain regional expression and distribution have yet…

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