Are herpes virus infections linked to Alzheimer’s disease?

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine report today in the journal Neuron evidence that refutes the link between increased levels of herpes virus and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the researchers provide a new statistical and computational framework for the analysis of large-scale sequencing data. About 50 million people worldwide are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, a…


A new way to optimize sleep and light exposure can reduce jet lag and improve alertness

TROY, N.Y. — Whether you’re traveling for work or for fun, nothing ruins the start of a trip quite like jet lag. Engineers affiliated with the Lighting Enabled Systems & Applications (LESA) Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a way to deliver personalized advice using smart wearable technology that would help travelers adjust more…


OU study uses genetics and menthol to examine how the skin senses irritation

NORMAN, OKLA. – A new University of Oklahoma study could have implications on our understanding of how certain sensory signals are transmitted through the body. An OU experiment led by neuroscientist Christian Lemon, Ph.D., Department of Biology, set out to discover how menthol’s irritant sensation is transmitted by the nervous system. Menthol, perhaps best-known as…


Rick Sumner named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Approximately 200,000 failed hip and knee implants have to be replaced surgically each year. Rush University Medical Center researcher Rick Sumner, PhD, has spent years studying implants and ways to decrease failure by catching it early. In recognition of his distinguished contributions to understanding bone remodeling around orthopedic implants and developing strategies to improve implant…


Michelle Obama’s Best Outfits

When Michelle Obama became the First Lady of the United States in 2008, she immediately gained the fashion community’s vote for her all-American style. Lately, she’s been alternating more daring cuts and colors mixed in with her signature knee-length floral dresses. Here, we catalogue her best looks.