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Study Sheds Light On Treatment For Parkinson's Disease
2013-11-25 07:02:43

NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Scientists at the National Institutes of Health have used RNA interference (RNAi) technology to reveal dozens of genes which may represent new therapeutic targets for treating Parkinson's disease. The findings also may be relevant to several diseases caused by damage to mitochondria, the biological power plants found in cells throughout the body. "We discovered a network of genes that may regulate the disposal of dysfunctional...

Sleep May Help Brain Flush Out Toxins
2013-10-17 15:54:09

[ Watch The Video: Brain Opens up the Pipes During Sleep ] NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke A good night's rest may literally clear the mind. Using mice, researchers showed for the first time that the space between brain cells may increase during sleep, allowing the brain to flush out toxins that build up during waking hours. These results suggest a new role for sleep in health and disease. The study was funded by the National Institute of Neurological...

2012-10-10 21:35:50

Improved study design and data sharing are expected to speed therapy development A workshop sponsored by NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) has produced a set of consensus recommendations to improve the design and reporting of animal studies. By making animal studies easier to replicate and interpret, the workshop recommendations are expected to help funnel promising therapies to patients. Biomedical research involving animals has led to life-saving...


Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.