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2011-09-21 12:11:07

A study in worms that are less than a millimetre long has yielded clues that may be important for understanding how nerves grow. A team of researchers from the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) has probed the molecular mechanisms which prompt the development of dendrites, in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The findings are published September 20 in the online, open access journal PLoS Biology. Dendrites are the branch-like structures in nerve cells, which receive electrochemical...

2011-07-28 18:16:39

Max Planck scientists develop new analytical tools for the fast and accurate reconstruction of neural networks The human brain is the most complex of all organs, containing billions of neurons with their corresponding projections, all woven together in a highly complex, three-dimensional web. To date, mapping this vast network posed a practically insurmountable challenge to scientists. Now, however, a research team from the Heidelberg-based Max Planck Institute for Medical Research has...

2011-07-20 17:31:42

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed a computer modeling method to accurately predict how a peripheral nerve axon responds to electrical stimuli, slashing the complex work from an inhibitory weeks-long process to just a few seconds. The method, which enables efficient evaluation of a nerve's response to millions of electrode designs, is an integral step toward building more accurate and capable electrodes to stimulate nerves and thereby enable people with paralysis or...

2011-07-08 14:27:05

Oh, the challenges of being a neuron, responsible for essential things like muscle contraction, gland secretion and sensitivity to touch, sound and light, yet constantly bombarded with signals from here, there and everywhere. How on earth are busy nerve cells supposed to pick out and respond to relevant signals amidst all that information overload? Somehow neurons do manage to accomplish the daunting task, and they do it with more finesse than anyone ever realized, new research by University...

2011-07-05 00:00:31

Offers Baseline Tests for Concussion Management to 130 Australia Rules Football Clubs through its Good for Footy Program Wausau, WI (PRWEB) July 03, 2011 Toyota has announced it will sponsor a new initiative that will lead the way in making Australia Rules football safer for footballers at a grassroots level. Toyota will provide the same CogState concussion testing used by the Australian Football League (AFL) clubs to over 25,000 grassroots footballers as part of the Toyota Good for Footy...

2011-06-30 13:34:04

A paper published online today in Nature reveals that glia play a key role in preventing the progression of the most prominent Rett Syndrome symptoms displayed by mouse models of the disease: lethality, irregular breathing and apneas, hypoactivity and decreased dendritic complexity. The discovery, funded in part by the Rett Syndrome Research Trust (RSRT) was led by Gail Mandel, Ph.D., an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Oregon Health and Science University. Rett...

2011-05-25 13:57:19

New information has come to light explaining how injured skin cells and touch-sensing nerve fibers coordinate their regeneration during wound healing. UCLA researchers Sandra Rieger and Alvaro Sagasti found that a chemical signal released by wounded skin cells promotes the regeneration of sensory fibers, thus helping to ensure that touch sensation is restored to healing skin. They discovered that the reactive oxygen species hydrogen peroxide, which is found at high concentrations at wounds,...

2011-05-12 22:51:21

New data offer hints to why Parkinson's disease so selectively harms brain cells that produce the chemical dopamine, say researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dopamine is involved in brain cell communications including the signals that control movement. As Parkinson's kills the dopamine-producing cells, patients begin to develop tremors, problems moving and other symptoms. The new research shows that a drug known to damage dopamine-producing nerve cells and...

2011-04-13 21:52:53

Compounds helped nerve extensions re-grow faster in mouse studies Drugs already in development to treat Alzheimer's disease may eventually be tapped for a different purpose altogether: re-growing the ends of injured nerves to relieve pain and paralysis. According to a new Johns Hopkins study, experimental compounds originally designed to combat a protein that builds up in Alzheimer's-addled brains appear to make crushed or cut nerve endings grow back significantly faster, a potential boon for...

2011-04-11 11:46:00

WAUSAU, Wis., April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastbay and Axon Sports encourage all Athletes to play safe and strong. Axon Sports is giving away 25,000 cognitive Baseline tests to schools, clubs and youth sports associations across America - 100 sets of 250 Baseline tests. Eastbay is lending its marketing strength to spread the word. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110328/CG72645LOGO-a) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110328/CG72645LOGO-b) "We encourage Athletes...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.