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New ‘nanodrug’ breaks down barriers to attack breast cancer cells from the inside out

New ‘nanodrug’ breaks down barriers to attack breast cancer cells from the inside out

ScienceDaily (Mar. 29, 2011) — Throwing stones at castle walls is one way to attack an enemy, but sneaking inside makes the target much more vulnerable. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai’s Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute have employed a similar strategy using a mouse model to target important mechanisms inside the most challenging breast cancer cells Continue reading

Gene therapy reverses symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Gene therapy reverses symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

ScienceDaily (Mar. 16, 2011) — A gene therapy called NLX-P101 dramatically reduces movement impairment in Parkinson’s patients, according to results of a Phase 2 study published today in the journal Lancet Neurology . The approach introduces a gene into the brain to normalize chemical signaling Continue reading

Patient’s own bone marrow stem cells may provide treatment for brain injuries

Patient’s own bone marrow stem cells may provide treatment for brain injuries

ScienceDaily (Mar. 10, 2011) — Stem cells derived from a patient’s own bone marrow were safely used in pediatric patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to results of a Phase I clinical trial at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The results were published in this month’s issue of Neurosurgery , the journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Continue reading

Abnormal neural activity recorded from the deep brain of Parkinson’s disease and dystonia patients

Abnormal neural activity recorded from the deep brain of Parkinson’s disease and dystonia patients

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Abnormal neural activity recorded from the deep brain of Parkinson’s disease and dystonia patients

Abnormal neural activity recorded from the deep brain of Parkinson’s disease and dystonia patients

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Neurons with symptoms of Parkinson’s disease created from patient’s skin cells

Neurons with symptoms of Parkinson’s disease created from patient’s skin cells

ScienceDaily (Mar. 3, 2011) — Neurons have been derived from the skin of a woman with a genetic form of Parkinson’s disease and have been shown to replicate some key features of the condition in a dish, say researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine Continue reading

Spinal cord injury: Human cells derived from stem cells restore movement in animal models

Spinal cord injury: Human cells derived from stem cells restore movement in animal models

ScienceDaily (Mar. 3, 2011) — For the first time, scientists discovered that a specific type of human cell, generated from stem cells and transplanted into spinal cord injured rats, provide tremendous benefit, not only repairing damage to the nervous system but helping the animals regain locomotor function as well. The study, published March 2 in the journal PLoS ONE , focuses on human astrocytes — the major support cells in the central nervous system — and indicates that transplantation of these cells represents a potential new avenue for the treatment of spinal cord injuries and other central nervous system disorders. Continue reading

Head injury can blight survival up to 13 years later

Head injury can blight survival up to 13 years later

ScienceDaily (Jan. 31, 2011) — A head injury can blight the chances of survival up to 13 years after the event, especially among younger adults, finds research published online in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry . Continue reading