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  • Immunity Against the Cold Exit Disclaimer
    December 12, 2011
    Ability of brown fat to burn calories linked to immune cells, say UCSF researchers.

  • Blink of an eye: Stanford researchers are redefining how the brain plans movement Exit Disclaimer
    August 11, 2011
    New neurological measurement technologies and algorithms are allowing researchers a more complete look into how the brain functions.

  • Study Finds Brain Regions Go Offline at Different Intervals Exit Disclaimer
    April 12, 2011
    A new study shows that, rather than being an “all or nothing” phenomenon, regions of the human brain go silent at different times through the night, losing their ability to communicate during certain phases of sleep.

  • Missed Connections Exit Disclaimer
    April 7, 2011
    A surprising percentage of people with autism also suffer from seizures, but doctors have been baffled by this overlap for decades. Now, various groups of scientists have begun exploring how the same genetic risk factors and aberrations in nerve signaling in early brain development might underlie both these disorders.

  • The Daily Show Interview with Miguel A. Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D. Exit Disclaimer
    March 29, 2011
    Miguel A. Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D., appeared on Comedy Central’s Daily Show to discuss how research, supported in part by his 2010 Pioneer Award, could enable paralyzed people to walk again with a robotic vest that moves according to brain commands. Dr. Nicolelis also is the recipient of an unrelated NIH Director’s Transformative R01 Award.

  • New findings on drug tolerance in TB suggest ideas for shorter cures Exit Disclaimer
    March 3, 2011
    New findings on how tuberculosis (TB) bacteria develop multi-drug tolerance point to ways TB infections might be cured more quickly.

  • Researchers closer to creating synthetic blood Exit Disclaimer
    January 18, 2011
    A group of UNC researchers is closer to realizing the capabilities of synthetic blood due to the findings of a recent study.

  • Team Develops Groundbreaking Technology to Detect Alzheimer’s Disease Exit Disclaimer
    January 10, 2011
    Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute, have developed a novel technology that is able to detect the presence of immune molecules specific to Alzheimer’s disease in patients’ blood samples.

  • Brain biology may dictate social networks Exit Disclaimer
    January 4, 2011
    A new study by a Northeastern University researcher and her colleagues indicates that the size of a certain part of the human brain plays a significant role in determining the breadth of social relationships.

  • Understanding the anesthetized brain Exit Disclaimer
    January 3, 2011
    Since 1846, when a Boston dentist named William Morton gave the first public demonstration of general anesthesia using ether, scientists and doctors have tried to figure out what happens to the brain during general anesthesia.


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