Will reduction in tau protein protect against Parkinson’s and Lewy body dementias?

IMAGE: Laura Volpicelli-Daley view more  Credit: UAB BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Will a reduction in tau protein in brain neurons protect against Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementias? A new study, published in the journal eNeuro, suggests the answer is no. If this is borne out, that result differs from Alzheimer’s disease, where reducing endogenous tau levels…

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New artificial heart shows promising results in ‘auto-mode’ — initial clinical experience reported in ASAIO Journal

June 18, 2021 – An experimental artificial heart includes an autoregulation control mechanism, or Auto-Mode, that can adjust to the changing needs of patients treated for end-stage heart failure. Outcomes in the first series of patients managed with the new heart replacement pump in Auto-Mode are presented in the ASAIO Journal, official journal of the…

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Picky neurons

IMAGE: The agony of choice: despite being in contact with both eyes, neurons in the mouse visual thalamus only transfer information from one retina. view more  Credit: MPI of Neurobiology / Kuhl The visual thalamus is classically known to relay visual stimuli coming from the retina to the cerebral cortex. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute…

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Does cannabis affect brain development in young people with ADHD? Too soon to tell, reports Harvard Review of Psychiatry

June 18, 2021 – At least so far, the currently limited research base does not establish that cannabis has additional adverse effects on brain development or functioning in adolescents or young adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), concludes a review in the July/August issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published in the Lippincott…

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Animals’ ability to adapt their habitats key to survival amid climate change

IMAGE: Michael Dillon (left), an associate professor in the University of Wyoming Department of Zoology and Physiology, and Arthur Woods (right), a professor of biological sciences at the University of Montana,… view more  Credit: Sylvain Pincebourde Birds build nests to keep eggs and baby nestlings warm during cool weather, but also make adjustments in nest insulation…

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Undiagnosed and untreated disease identified in rural South Africa

IMAGE: Emily Wong, M.D. view more  Credit: Africa Health Research Institute BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A comprehensive health-screening program in rural northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has found a high burden of undiagnosed or poorly controlled non-communicable diseases, according to a study published in The Lancet Global Health. Researchers found that four out of five women over the…

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nTIDE May 2021 COVID Update: Minimal changes in unemployment reflect slow pace of recovery

IMAGE: This graphic compares the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with and without disabilities, capturing pre-pandemic and current unemployment data for January 2020 to May 2021. view more  Credit: Kessler Foundation East Hanover, NJ. June 18, 2021. The May numbers for furloughed workers remained relatively steady, according to today’s National Trends in Disability Employment…

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