July 2013

Neuroscience researchers at Virginia Tech’s Carilion Research Institute have made a discovery that links schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to a brain protein pathway critical in the formation of long-term memories. Rap1 is a protein pathway found in the brain, and it’s responsible for controlling the L-type calcium channels that assist in the formation of long-term memories....

A new stem cell biology-based approach may one day help the thousands of patients in need of a liver transplant every year. In 2011, around 5,800 liver transplant surgeries were performed in the United States. That same year, nearly 3,000 more patients died while waiting for their turn on the waiting lists. This scarcity of human...

A new animal model, developed by Canada’s McMaster University, is giving scientists a different way to study Crohn’s disease. The clinical applications for the new model are varied, and all will hopefully guide researchers towards a better understanding and more effective treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Adherent-invasive E. coli has been associated with human Crohn’s disease....

A team of neuroscientists at UCLA’s Center for Sleep Research has made a discovery that could signal a major find in the search for a cause and eventual cure for narcolepsy. Characterized by random, uncontrollable periods of deep sleep, the disorder has baffled the neuroscience community for years, and affects roughly one in every 3,000...

Researchers at Arizona State University have discovered a way to reverse brain aging in older honeybees, by giving them the kinds of responsibilities normally handled by much younger bees. The study and subsequent clinical applications may give us a new look at how social intervention and responsibility can bolster drug therapies in the fight against...

A strain of avian influenza named H7N9 is causing serious concerns in scientists and physicians, worldwide, as it’s already killed 37 people and sickened 132 more in China this year alone. And a look at the way the virus’s cell biology works is causing anxiety levels to rise even more, as it appears that it can...

For years, scientists have focused a majority of their Alzheimer’s research on two plaques found in the brain. Consisting of the proteins tau and amyloid-beta, these plaques have long been associated with the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s in patients. But a new neuroscience study focuses not on the proteins independently, but on how they...

New research on Ebola has led to some surprising discoveries. The deadly virus may be halted by two drugs already on the market. Clomiphene, an infertility medication, and Toremifene, which is used to treat advanced breast cancer, have both been found to thwart the Ebola virus from commandeering healthy cells in lab studies and clinical...

Cell Biologists at the Scripps Research Institute have released a study showing that the loss of a solitary gene during very early childhood mental development can (and often does) cause a lifetime of educational, intellectual and behavioral disturbances. The early development of neural circuits in the cortex are responsible for a certain number of a child’s brain...

Arthritis is a painful and often debilitating condition affecting millions of people. And while the inflammation and joint damage caused by arthritis are not exactly news, there is a decidedly poor selection of adequate treatments for the condition. Over the counter treatments don’t always properly address a patient’s symptoms, while prescription medications cause serious side...