Unique Schwann cells: the eyes have it

The insulation around nerve cell components in our corneas have unique properties, and little is known about them. But UConn School of Medicine neuroscience professor Royce Mohan believes his lab is on the verge of uncovering a path to better understanding that ultimately could lead to several vision-preserving advances. Learning more about the cellular environment…

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JAX, UMaine-lead team discover new connection between Alzheimer’s dementia and Dlgap2

A gene known for helping facilitate communication between neurons in the nervous system has been discovered to be connected with Alzheimer’s dementia and cognitive decline, according to a national research team led by The Jackson Laboratory and University of Maine. Catherine Kaczorowski, associate professor and Evnin family chair in Alzheimer’s research at The Jackson Laboratory…

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Home health care improves COVID-19 outcomes

PHILADELPHIA (November 23 2020) – Survivors of COVID-19 are a vulnerable population who often have health ramifications from their illness and hospital stay. Upon returning home from acute care, large proportions of survivors experience functional dependencies, pain, dyspnea, and exhaustion. Until now, no data has been available on the outcomes of COVID-19 patients discharged home…

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Tracing the flow of cerebrospinal fluid

VIRTUAL MEETING (CST), November 22, 2020 — Swelling is one of the most dangerous and immediate consequences of a brain injury or stroke. Doctors have long known about the dangers of swelling, which has traditionally been blamed on ruptured blood vessels. New research suggests the brain’s other plumbing system, the one that circulates cerebrospinal fluid…

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Understanding dangerous droplet dynamics

VIRTUAL MEETING (CST), November 22, 2020 — Researchers who study the physics of fluids are learning why certain situations increase the risk that droplets will transmit diseases like COVID-19. At the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Physical Society’s Division of Fluid Dynamics, the scientists offered new evidence showing why it’s dangerous to meet indoors–especially…

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Social needs linked to low health-related quality of life among African American cancer survivors

Social needs–such as food and economic insecurity, poor housing and neighborhood conditions, and lack of access to transportation–were common in a group of African American cancer survivors in Detroit, and they were associated with lower health-related quality of life (HRQOL). The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer…

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