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2012-12-18 14:23:09

Anesthesia is quite safe these days. But sometimes putting a patient under to fix one problem, such as heart damage, can harm a different organ, such as a kidney. Now a group of researchers led by Holger Eltzschig, MD, PhD, a professor of anesthesiology at the University Colorado School of Medicine, has found a group of molecules that fend off damage during anesthesia. "This is a promising discovery," says Eltzschig, who practices at University of Colorado Hospital. "It suggests a new...

2012-10-09 22:28:49

Recent studies have linked caffeine consumption to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease, and a new University of Illinois study may be able to explain how this happens. "We have discovered a novel signal that activates the brain-based inflammation associated with neurodegenerative diseases, and caffeine appears to block its activity. This discovery may eventually lead to drugs that could reverse or inhibit mild cognitive impairment," said Gregory Freund, a professor in the U of I's...

2012-07-16 06:29:33

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Parkinson's, Tourette Syndrome and Depression.  They are a debilitating disease and they also share something else in common, a surplus or deficiency of neurochemicals in the brain. Now, researchers have found a novel way to monitor real-time chemical changes in the brains of patients undergoing deep brain stimulation. The research conducted by the Mayo Clinic will help physicians more effectively use DBS to treat brain disorders. "We can learn what...

2011-12-08 21:18:10

A new method for measuring narrowing in the arteries of the heart may allow patients to be assessed for a stent without having to take a drug with unpleasant side effects. In England, it is estimated that one in seven men and one in 12 women over the age of 65 experience chest pain called angina caused by narrowing of the arteries in the heart. Around 60,000 such patients a year are fitted with a coronary stent — a wire mesh tube that acts as a scaffold to keep open arteries that...

2011-09-14 11:39:45

Researchers may have solved 100-year-old puzzle Cornell University researchers may have solved a 100-year puzzle: How to safely open and close the blood-brain barrier so that therapies to treat Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and cancers of the central nervous system might effectively be delivered. (Journal of Neuroscience, Sept. 14, 2011.) The researchers found that adenosine, a molecule produced by the body, can modulate the entry of large molecules into the brain. For the...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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