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Stroke disrupts how brain controls muscle synergies

Stroke disrupts how brain controls muscle synergies

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High-definition fiber tractography is major advance in brain imaging

High-definition fiber tractography is major advance in brain imaging

ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2012) — A technique called high-definition fiber tractography (HDFT) provides a powerful new tool for tracing the course of nerve fiber connections within the brain — with the potential to improve the accuracy of neurosurgical planning and to advance scientific understanding of the brain’s structural and functional networks, reports a paper in the August issue of Neurosurgery , official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. In the new report, Dr. Continue reading

Implementing a therapeutic hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest in acute care hospitals

Implementing a therapeutic hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest in acute care hospitals

ScienceDaily (Aug. 2, 2012) — National guidelines recommend the use of therapeutic hypothermia to improve outcomes in patients who suffer a heart attack outside of a hospital Continue reading

Implementing a therapeutic hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest in acute care hospitals

Implementing a therapeutic hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest in acute care hospitals

ScienceDaily (Aug. 2, 2012) — National guidelines recommend the use of therapeutic hypothermia to improve outcomes in patients who suffer a heart attack outside of a hospital Continue reading

New clue on how brain processes visual information

New clue on how brain processes visual information

ScienceDaily (July 22, 2012) — Ever wonder how the human brain, which is constantly bombarded with millions of pieces of visual information, can filter out what’s unimportant and focus on what’s most useful? The process is known as selective attention and scientists have long debated how it works. But now, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have discovered an important clue Continue reading

How aging impairs immune response

How aging impairs immune response

ScienceDaily (July 17, 2012) — Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have uncovered one of the mechanisms by which aging may compromise the ability of the immune system to fight infections and respond to vaccines. The study, conducted in aging mice, shows that administering antioxidants may help reverse this loss of immune function. The findings were published online this month in the journal Cell Reports . Continue reading

New surgery may reverse hand paralysis

New surgery may reverse hand paralysis

ScienceDaily (June 15, 2012) — Justin M. Brown, MD, reconstructive neurosurgeon at UC San Diego Health System, is one of only a few specialists in the world who have pioneered a novel technique to restore hand function in patients with spinal cord injury Continue reading

Early gut bacteria regulate happiness

Early gut bacteria regulate happiness

ScienceDaily (June 12, 2012) — UCC scientists have shown that brain levels of serotonin, the ‘happy hormone’ are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut during early life. Their research is being published June 12 in the international psychiatry journal, Molecular Psychiatry. This research shows that normal adult brain function depends on the presence of gut microbes during development Continue reading

Novel brain imaging technique explains why concussions affect people differently

Novel brain imaging technique explains why concussions affect people differently

ScienceDaily (June 8, 2012) — Patients vary widely in their response to concussion, but scientists haven’t understood why. Continue reading

New findings on astronaut vision loss

New findings on astronaut vision loss

ScienceDaily (May 30, 2012) — Could vision changes experienced by astronauts be linked to a vitamin B-12 or folate deficiency? While investigating the vision changes recently identified in astronauts, nutritional assessment data showed similarities to symptoms that occur with vitamin deficiencies, according to a new study published in the March edition of The Journal of Nutrition . Continue reading