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2014-03-31 13:37:12

UCLA study discovers potassium boost improves walking in mouse model Tweaking a specific cell type's ability to absorb potassium in the brain improved walking and prolonged survival in a mouse model of Huntington's disease, reports a UCLA study published March 30 in the online edition of Nature Neuroscience. The discovery could point to new drug targets for treating the devastating disease, which strikes one in every 20,000 Americans. Huntington's disease is passed from parent to child...

2012-12-12 12:21:25

A research team composed of University of Kentucky researchers has published a paper which provides the first direct evidence that activated astrocytes could play a harmful role in Alzheimer's disease. The UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has also received significant new National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to further this line of study. Chris Norris, an associate professor in the UK College of Medicine Department of Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology, as well as a member of the...

2012-10-26 12:51:12

Mouse model may provide clues on mechanism linking diabetes and aging to Alzheimer's Growing evidence suggests that there may be a link between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease, but the physiological mechanisms by which diabetes impacts brain function and cognition are not fully understood. In a new study published in Aging Cell, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies show, for the first time, that diabetes enhances the development of aging features that may underlie...

2011-05-23 07:24:53

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- The most common cell in the human nervous system is the star-shaped astrocyte. Now, researchers say they have been able to direct embryonic and induced human stem cells to become astrocytes in a lab dish. This discovery opens up a new avenue to better understanding the functional roles of astrocytes and their involvement in disorders ranging from headaches to dementia. Researchers say the ability to culture the cells also gives them a powerful tool to create new...

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2009-12-10 08:40:02

Scientists are adding additional brush strokes to the revolutionary new image now emerging for star-shaped cells called astrocytes in the brain and spinal cord. Their report, which suggests a key role for astrocytes in morphine's ability to relieve pain and cause addiction, appears online in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research, a monthly publication. In the study, Piotr Suder and colleagues point out that nearly everyone viewed astrocytes "” the most abundant cells in the brain "”...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.