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Less tau reduces seizures and sudden death in severe epilepsy

Less tau reduces seizures and sudden death in severe epilepsy

Jan. 22, 2013 — Deleting or reducing expression of a gene that carries the code for tau, a protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, can prevent seizures in a severe type of epilepsy linked to sudden death, said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., in a report in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience . Continue reading

Monitoring of immune function in critically ill children with influenza reveals severe immune suppression in non-survivors

Monitoring of immune function in critically ill children with influenza reveals severe immune suppression in non-survivors

Jan. 21, 2013 — Investigators from 15 children’s medical centers, including Nationwide Children’s Hospital, observed and evaluated critically ill children with influenza to evaluate the relationships between levels of systemic inflammation, immune function and likelihood to die from the illness. The study appears in the January issue of Critical Care Medicine . Continue reading

Monitoring of immune function in critically ill children with influenza reveals severe immune suppression in non-survivors

Monitoring of immune function in critically ill children with influenza reveals severe immune suppression in non-survivors

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Genetic basis of high-risk childhood cancer points to possible new drug treatment strategy

Genetic basis of high-risk childhood cancer points to possible new drug treatment strategy

Jan. 20, 2013 — Research led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists has identified a possible lead in treatment of two childhood leukemia subtypes known for their dramatic loss of chromosomes and poor treatment outcomes Continue reading

Molecular switch enabling immune cells to better fight disease

Molecular switch enabling immune cells to better fight disease

Jan. 20, 2013 — A research team led by the La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology has discovered the mechanism that enables CD4 helper T cells to assume the more aggressive role of killer T cells in mounting an immune attack against viruses, cancerous tumors and other damaged or infected cells Continue reading

One form of neuron turned into another in brain

One form of neuron turned into another in brain

Jan. 20, 2013 — A new finding by Harvard stem cell biologists turns one of the basics of neurobiology on its head — demonstrating that it is possible to turn one type of already differentiated neuron into another within the brain Continue reading

Promising new target for Parkinson’s disease therapies

Promising new target for Parkinson’s disease therapies

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Promising new target for Parkinson’s disease therapies

Promising new target for Parkinson’s disease therapies

Jan. 18, 2013 — With a new insight into a model of Parkinson’s disease, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have identified a novel target for mitigating some of the disease’s toll on the brain. Narayan G Continue reading

Handheld mobile device performs laboratory-quality HIV testing

Handheld mobile device performs laboratory-quality HIV testing

Jan. 18, 2013 — New research appearing in Clinical Chemistry , the journal of AACC, shows that a handheld mobile device can check patients’ HIV status with just a finger prick, and synchronize the results in real time with electronic health records. Continue reading

Sniffing immune cells: Immune cells on the move are guided by touch and smell

Sniffing immune cells: Immune cells on the move are guided by touch and smell

Jan. 17, 2013 — Research at IST Austria shows how immune cells navigate through the skin by sensing graded patterns of immobilized directional cues. Continue reading