Can Herpes Unravel the Mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease?
Feb19

Can Herpes Unravel the Mysteries of Alzheimer’s Disease?

In Brief In recent years, researchers have confirmed a surprising link between Alzheimer’s disease and the herpes simplex virus. The finding led a team at Tufts University to create a 3-D model that mimics similar components of the human brain and shows a possible causal relationship between the herpes simplex virus and sporadic Alzheimer’s. The inventors believe the model can be used to better understand the devastating disease and...

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From Insult to Injury: Pollution and the Brain
Jan13

From Insult to Injury: Pollution and the Brain

In Brief 90% of the U.S population is exposed to high levels of air pollution. Some researchers are studying how synthetic chemicals found in common household items enter the ocean and spread throughout the food web. For example, they’ve found pollutants in tissue samples taken from seabirds. One pollutant, diesel exhaust (DE), can spread throughout internal organs, including the brain, through inhalation and circulation. The...

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The Future of Prosthetics: Replacement Limbs That Mimic Real Ones
Dec15

The Future of Prosthetics: Replacement Limbs That Mimic Real Ones

In Brief Robotic prostheses can already restore some level of function, but they don’t often feel natural. Researchers at the MIT Biomechatronics Lab have been developing lower limb prostheses that feel like a natural extension of the human body. These robotic limbs use a variety of different techniques to ensure comfort as well as restoration of function to an amputee. Imagine you’re a rock climber on the icy slopes of Mount...

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Look Over Here! Owls Teach Us About Brain Processing
Apr06

Look Over Here! Owls Teach Us About Brain Processing

Did you know that your attention is controlled in two ways in your brain? An extreme of either method can lead to mental disorders, including ADHD & schizophrenia. Johns Hopkins University is examining brain activity in owls to shed light these disorders and our thought process in general.

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Could New Vaccine Block Cocaine from the Brain?
Mar28

Could New Vaccine Block Cocaine from the Brain?

Cocaine is a small molecule used commonly as a recreational drug. It prevents the brain from removing “feel-good” chemicals so that the user experiences a drug high. A new vaccine could stop cocaine before it reaches the brain. The vaccine could offer an alternative approach to block the “euphoria” associated with drug intake.

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