Pitt bioengineers create ultrasmall, light-activated electrode for neural stimulation

IMAGE: A laser shining onto an untethered, ultrasmall carbon fiber electrode to stimulate neurons via the photoelectric effect. view more  Credit: J. Mater. Chem. B, 2015,3, 4965-4978 — Reproduced by permission of The Royal Society of Chemistry. PITTSBURGH (February 15, 2019) … Neural stimulation is a developing technology that has beneficial therapeutic effects in neurological disorders,…

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Trinity College Dublin researchers describe the first model of mitochondrial epilepsy

Dublin, Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 — Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have become the first to describe a model of mitochondrial epilepsy which raises hope for better therapies for patients with this incapacitating condition. Their paper has been published in BRAIN, the peer-reviewed international journal of neurology. Mitochondrial disease is one of the most common…

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3D protein structure reveals a new mechanism for future anti-cancer drugs

VIDEO: This movie depicts the conformational changes that accompany SUMO E1 binding to COH000. Selected structural elements are labeled and regions of the enzyme that become disordered in the SUMO… view more  Credit: Medical University of South Carolina, courtesy of Dr. Shaun Olsen A research team at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has discovered…

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CVIA special issue on stable ischemic heart disease

IMAGE: These are highlights of the new issue of the Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications Journal (Volume 3 Issue 3). view more  Credit: Compuscript 2019 The journal Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA) has just published a new issue, Volume 3 Issue 3. This is a Special Issue on Stable Ischemic Heart Disease with major articles by leading…

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How gaming technologies can help cancer patients communicate better

IMAGE: MyPal aims to investigate the use of apps and electronic games created and adapted specifically to the personal needs of patients. view more  Credit: Lancaster University Lancaster University is sharing in a €4m project to use gaming technology to improve the care of both adults and children with cancer. The project — called «MyPal: Fostering…

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Brain discovery explains a great mystery of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

IMAGE: Michael McConnell, PhD, of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, has identified an explanation for the mysterious death of specific brain cells seen in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative… view more  Credit: Dan Addison | University Communications One of the great mysteries of neuroscience may finally have an answer: Scientists at the University of…

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Study finds children with autism more likely to face maltreatment

A recent study by Vanderbilt researchers of 11 counties in Middle Tennessee revealed that children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were nearly 2.5 times more likely than children without ASD to be reported to the Child Abuse Hotline by the age of 8. The study, led by researchers from Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Treatment and Research…

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Patented drug therapy for lung condition has been exclusively optioned to Theratome Bio

IMAGE: This is Michael Coleman, president and CEO of Theratome Bio. view more  Credit: Theratome Bio INDIANAPOLIS — A patented Indiana University School of Medicine discovery that uses proteins, lipids and nucleic acids secreted by adult stem cells to treat Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, or ARDS, has been optioned to Theratome Bio, an Indianapolis-based life sciences…

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