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Using Bumetanide For Chloride Reduction May Prevent Autism
2014-02-07 06:09:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A drug given to pregnant mice with models of autism prevents autistic behavior in their offspring, according to a new study reported Friday in the journal Science. Although the drug could not be administered prenatally in humans since there is no way to screen for autism in human fetuses, clinical trials in which the drug was administered to young children who have already developed autistic symptoms are showing progress, the...

2014-01-29 13:07:05

A new study shows that, when properly manipulated, a population of support cells found in the brain called astrocytes could provide a new and promising approach to treat Parkinson's disease. These findings, which were made using an animal model of the disease, demonstrate that a single therapy could simultaneously repair the multiple types of neurological damage caused by Parkinson's, providing an overall benefit that has not been achieved in other approaches. "One of the central...

2014-01-28 20:22:20

DUBLIN, Ireland, January 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/23fqwx/nitric_oxide) has announced the addition of Jain PharmaBiotech's new report "Nitric Oxide - Therapeutics, Markets and Companies" [http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/23fqwx/nitric_oxide ] to their offering. <start_newscom> (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769 ) This report describes the latest concepts of the...

Stalling Symptoms Of Parkinson's Disease Using Long-term Spinal Cord Stimulation
2014-01-24 11:11:58

Duke University Medical Center Researchers at Duke Medicine have shown that continuing spinal cord stimulation appears to produce improvements in symptoms of Parkinson's disease, and may protect critical neurons from injury or deterioration. The study, performed in rats, is published online Jan. 23, 2014, in the journal Scientific Reports. It builds on earlier findings from the Duke team that stimulating the spinal cord with electrical signals temporarily eased symptoms of the...

Through The Stomach Is The Way To A Chimpanzee's Heart
2014-01-16 13:38:29

Max Planck Institute Chimpanzees who share their food with others have higher levels of the hormone oxytocin in their urine The ability to form long-term cooperative relationships between unrelated individuals is one of the main reasons for human’s extraordinary biological success, yet little is known about its evolution and mechanisms. The hormone oxytocin, however, plays a role in it. Researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany,...

Optogenetics Therapy Binge Drinking
2014-01-06 15:09:17

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of American researchers has stumbled upon a way to prevent binge drinking in animal subjects, according to a new report in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. By using light to stimulate specific neurons in the brain, the study team was able to show a cause-and-effect relationship between the discharge of dopamine in the brain and drinking behaviors of animals. “For decades, we have observed that particular brain regions...

2014-01-06 10:16:35

Gabapentin is a gamma-aminobutyric acid derivative, and was approved for the treatment of neuropathic pain by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002. However, little evidence is available on the effects and me-chanisms of action of gabapentin during the migraine attack period. A recent study by Yanbo Zhang and colleague from Xuanwu Hospital, Capital Medical University in China showed that excitatory amino acids and protein kinase C are involved in the formation and maintenance of...

Facial Recognition Influenced By Oxytocin Receptor Gene
2013-12-24 04:23:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The same gene that influences bonding between mothers and their infant children, as well as the attachment between partners in a monogamous relationship, could also be involved in the ability to remember faces. The gene in question is the oxytocin receptor, a member of the G-protein coupled receptor family which receives chemical signals from the hormone and neurotransmitter oxytocin. The receptors modulate a variety of behaviors,...

2013-12-18 11:47:56

Dopamine-producing cells die as result of cascade triggered by busy enzyme degradation cellular machines Scientists have identified the biological pathway that explains Gaucher disease (GD) patients' higher risk for developing Parkinson's disease (PD), according to research to be presented Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the American Society for Cell Biology annual meeting in New Orleans. GD is a hereditary disease in which the genes that encode the enzyme glucocerebrosidase are mutated, resulting...

2013-12-13 23:23:25

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Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'