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Birth and migration mysteries of cortex’s powerful inhibitors, ‘chandelier’ cells solved

Birth and migration mysteries of cortex’s powerful inhibitors, ‘chandelier’ cells solved

ScienceDaily (Nov. 22, 2012) — The cerebral cortex of the human brain has been called “the crowning achievement of evolution.” Ironically, it is so complex that even our greatest minds and most sophisticated science are only now beginning to understand how it organizes itself in early development, and how its many cell types function together as circuits Continue reading

Blind patient reads words stimulated directly onto retina: Neuroprosthetic device uses implant to project visual braille

Blind patient reads words stimulated directly onto retina: Neuroprosthetic device uses implant to project visual braille

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Scientists selectively repress immune system: New treatment to combat autoimmune disease in mouse model

Scientists selectively repress immune system: New treatment to combat autoimmune disease in mouse model

ScienceDaily (Nov. 18, 2012) — In a mouse model of multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed innovative technology to selectively inhibit the part of the immune system responsible for attacking myelin — the insulating material that encases nerve fibers and facilitates electrical communication between brain cells. Continue reading

Hepatitis C treatment’s side effects can now be studied in the lab

Hepatitis C treatment’s side effects can now be studied in the lab

ScienceDaily (Nov. 16, 2012) — The adverse side effects of certain hepatitis C medications can now be replicated and observed in Petri dishes and test tubes, thanks to a research team led by Craig Cameron, the Paul Berg Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University. “The new method not only will help us to understand the recent failures of hepatitis C antiviral drugs in some patients in clinical trials,” said Cameron. Continue reading

Simplifying heart surgery with stretchable electronics devices

Simplifying heart surgery with stretchable electronics devices

ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2012) — Researchers at the McCormick School of Engineering are part of a team that has used stretchable electronics to create a multipurpose medical catheter that can both monitor heart functions and perform corrections on heart tissue during surgery. The device marks the first time stretchable electronics have been applied to a surgical process known as cardiac ablation, a milestone that could lead to simpler surgeries for arrhythmia and other heart conditions Continue reading

Cellphone bans associated with fewer urban accidents

Cellphone bans associated with fewer urban accidents

ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2012) — Cellphones and driving go together like knives and juggling. Continue reading

Cellphone bans associated with fewer urban accidents

Cellphone bans associated with fewer urban accidents

ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2012) — Cellphones and driving go together like knives and juggling. Continue reading

New injectable gels toughen up after entering the body

New injectable gels toughen up after entering the body

ScienceDaily (Nov. 15, 2012) — Gels that can be injected into the body, carrying drugs or cells that regenerate damaged tissue, hold promise for treating many types of disease, including cancer. Continue reading