10 Stories to Start Your Day


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Possible Parkinson’s treatment successfully targets two major nerve systems

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 07:02 AM PST

Scientists have discovered that a non-invasive technique which could one day be used to treat Parkinson’s disease, can successfully target a highly specific group of brain cells which play a key role in development of the condition. In 2015, scientists demonstrated that a form of gene therapy could target and stimulate a group of nerve […]
Possible Alzheimer’s breakthrough suggested

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 07:01 AM PST

Researchers at the Case Western University School of Medicine say they have identified a previously unknown gene and associated protein which could potentially be suppressed to slow the advance of Alzheimer’s disease. “Based on the data we have, this protein can be an unrecognized new risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease (AD),” said Xinglong Wang, an […]
Drug combo reverses arthritis in rats

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 06:59 AM PST

People with osteoarthritis, or “wear and tear” arthritis, have limited treatment options: pain relievers or joint replacement surgery. Now, Salk researchers have discovered that a powerful combination of two experimental drugs reverses the cellular and molecular signs of osteoarthritis in rats as well as in isolated human cartilage cells. Their results were published in the […]
Ultrafast camera takes 1 trillion frames per second of transparent objects and phenomena

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 06:58 AM PST

A little over a year ago, Caltech’s Lihong Wang developed the world’s fastest camera, a device capable of taking 10 trillion pictures per second. It is so fast that it can even capture light traveling in slow motion. But sometimes just being quick is not enough. Indeed, not even the fastest camera can take pictures […]
Urine fertilizer: ‘Aging’ effectively protects against transfer of antibiotic resistance

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 06:57 AM PST

Recycled and aged human urine can be used as a fertilizer with low risks of transferring antibiotic resistant DNA to the environment, according to new research from the University of Michigan. It’s a key finding in efforts to identify more sustainable alternatives to widely used fertilizers that contribute to water pollution. Their high levels of […]
Reducing dangerous swelling in traumatic brain injury

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 06:56 AM PST

After a traumatic brain injury, the most harmful damage is caused by secondary swelling of the brain compressed inside the skull. There is no treatment for this. In new research, Northwestern Medicine scientists were able to significantly reduce brain swelling and damage after a traumatic brain injury by injecting nanoparticles into the bloodstream within two […]
Prosecutors’ Race, Class Bias May Not Drive Criminal Justice Disparities

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 06:56 AM PST

America’s prison populations are disproportionately filled with people of color, but prosecutors’ biases toward defendants’ race and class may not be the primary cause for those disparities, new research from the University of Arizona suggests. The finding, which comes from a unique study involving hundreds of prosecutors across the U.S., counters decades’ worth of previous […]
New X-ray method has ‘profound implications’ for the development of lifesaving drugs

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 06:52 AM PST

Proteins that contain metal, known as metalloproteins, play important roles in biology, regulating various pathways in the body, which often become targets for lifesaving drugs. While the amount of metal in such proteins is usually tiny, it is crucial to determining the function of these complex molecules. Scientists have long known that metalloproteins are vital […]
Study: Couples are more likely to survive if fathers take family leave for newborns

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 06:51 AM PST

Fathers taking parental leave to spend time with their newborn child are 25 percent less likely to see their marriage or relationships end within a few years, says a new study from Ball State University. “If I [Take] Leave, Will You Stay? Paternity Leave and Relationship Stability,” which was published in the November 2019 issue […]
In corporate America, ‘who you know’ is highly valued

Posted: 22 Jan 2020 06:50 AM PST

American companies will pay members of their boards of directors for who they know because firms prize business and social connections of senior leadership, says a new study from Ball State University. “The Price of Boardroom Social Capital: The Effects of Corporate Demand for External Connectivity,” which has been accepted for publication in an upcoming […]

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