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August 12, 2020

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Improving Treatment of Spinal Cord Injuries

Bioengineers have created an osmotic therapy device that gently removes fluid from the spinal cord to reduce swelling in injured rats with good results. The device can eventually be scaled up for ...

Implanted Neural Stem Cell Grafts Show Functionality in Spinal Cord Injuries

Researchers report successfully implanting specialized grafts of neural stem cells directly into spinal cord injuries in mice, then documenting how ...

How Thoughts Could One Day Control Electronic Prostheses, Wirelessly

The current generation of neural implants record enormous amounts of neural activity, then transmit these brain signals through wires to a computer. But, so far, when researchers have tried to create ...

Forty Percent of Dementia Cases Could Be Prevented or Delayed by Targeting 12 Risk Factors Throughout Life

Forty percent of dementia cases could be prevented or delayed by targeting 12 risk factors throughout life, experts ...
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Phage Therapy Shows Potential for Treating Prosthetic Joint Infections

Bacteriophages, or phages, may play a significant role in treating complex bacterial infections in prosthetic joints, according to new research. The findings suggest phage therapy could provide a ...

Common Inherited Genetic Variant Identified as Frequent Cause of Deafness in Adults

A common inherited genetic variant is a frequent cause of deafness in adults, meaning that many thousands of people are potentially at risk, reveals new ...

Stretching Your Legs May Help Prevent Diseases Such as Heart Diseases and Diabetes

New research shows that 12 weeks of easy-to-administer passive stretching helps improve blood flow by making it easier for your arteries to dilate and decreasing their ...

A Simpler Way to Make Sensory Hearing Cells

Scientists are whispering the secrets of a simpler way to generate the sensory cells of the inner ear. Their approach uses direct reprogramming to produce sensory cells known as 'hair ...

Lifting Weights Makes Your Nervous System Stronger, Too

Gym-goers may get frustrated when they don't see results from weightlifting right away, but their efforts are not in vain: the first few weeks of training strengthen the nervous system, not ...

SNAP Work Requirements Put Low-Income Americans at Risk

When work requirements for a federal food safety-net program start again, many low-income Americans will lose benefits -- and Black adults will be hardest hit, according to a study published today. ...

Neurons Can Shift How They Process Information About Motion

New research indicates some neurons can shift to process information about movement depending on the brain's current frame of reference. The findings may have implications for developing future ...

Researchers Model Human Stem Cells to Identify Degeneration in Glaucoma

More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, a serious eye condition causing vision loss. Using human stem cell models, researchers found they could analyze deficits within cells damaged by glaucoma, ...

World's First Spherical Artificial Eye Has 3D Retina

Scientists have developed the world's first 3D artificial eye with capabilities better than existing bionic eyes and in some cases, even exceed those of the human eyes, bringing vision to ...

Cord Blood for Stem Cell Transplant May Outperform Matched Sibling Donor

Study based on a decade of research and treatment shows no difference in overall survival between cord blood and matched related donor as source for stem cell transplant, with reduced ...

A Promise to Restore Hearing

For the first time, researchers have used base editing to restore partial hearing to mice with a recessive mutation in the gene TMC1 that causes complete deafness, the first successful example of ...

Gene Discovery in Fruit Flies 'Opens New Doors' for Hearing Loss Cure in Elderly

Scientists have discovered sets of regulatory genes, which are responsible for maintaining healthy hearing. The finding, made in fruit flies, could potentially lead to treatments for age-related ...

Squid Studies Suggest New Route to Therapy for ALS, Targeting Synaptic Dysfunction

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is one of the most devastating adult-onset neurodegenerative diseases. Patients, including the late actor/playwright Sam Shepard, become progressively weaker and ...

Study Charts Developmental Map of Inner Ear Sound Sensor in Mice

A team of researchers has generated a developmental map of a key sound-sensing structure in the mouse inner ear. Scientists analyzed data from 30,000 cells from mouse cochlea, the snail-shaped ...

'Cell Pores' Discovery Gives Hope to Millions of Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Scientists have discovered a new treatment to dramatically reduce swelling after brain and spinal cord injuries, offering hope to 75 million victims worldwide each ...

Scientists Show MRI Predicts the Efficacy of a Stem Cell Therapy for Brain Injury

Scientists have demonstrated the promise of applying magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict the efficacy of using human neural stem cells to treat a brain injury -- a first-ever ...

Stroke Evaluations Drop by Nearly 40 Percent During COVID-19 Pandemic

A new study has found that stroke evaluations fell by nearly 40 percent during a period of the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that many stroke patients are not seeking potentially life-saving medical ...

Scientists Regenerate Neurons in Mice With Spinal Cord Injury and Optic Nerve Damage

Each year thousands of patients face life-long losses in sensation and motor function from spinal cord injury and related conditions in which axons are badly damaged or severed. New research in mice ...

Mind-Controlled Arm Prostheses That 'Feel' Are Now a Part of Everyday Life

For the first time, people with arm amputations can experience sensations of touch in a mind-controlled arm prosthesis that they use in everyday life. A study reports on three Swedish patients who ...

Researchers Restore Injured Man's Sense of Touch Using Brain-Computer Interface Technology

Researchers have been able to restore sensation to the hand of a research participant with a severe spinal cord injury using a brain-computer interface (BCI) system. The technology harnesses neural ...

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