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Computer chip used to make rat blink


September 25th, 2011 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 25 (IANS) In a development that could open the way to reverse the effects of dementia, strokes and other brain injuries, scientists used a computer chip to make ... Read more...

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‘Iron Man’ type robotic exoskeleton to aid recovery in spinal injury patients


April 19th, 2011 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 19 (ANI): A new robotic exoskeleton has been developed to provide spinal cord injury patients with assistance and resistance to help rebuild muscle function."The thought was, if we've got somebody ... Read more...

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Blue-green algae used for treating Lou Gehrig’s disease in mice model


December 22nd, 2010 - 2:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 22 (ANI): In a new study, University of South Florida neuroscientists found that nutritional supplementation with Spirulina, a nutrient-rich, blue-green algae, provided neuroprotective support for dying motor neurons in a ... Read more...

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ALS causing gene discovered


December 10th, 2010 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 10 (ANI): Using a new sequencing method, researchers have discovered a gene that appears to cause some instances of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).A team of researchers led by scientists ... Read more...

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Single gene acts as ‘master organizer’ of motor neurons in spinal cord


September 9th, 2010 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 9 (ANI): Scientists at NYU Langone Medical Center have discovered that a single type of gene acts regulates motor neurons in the spinal cord.The finding could help scientists develop ... Read more...

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Endometrial stem cells could repair Parkinson’s related brain cell damage


May 7th, 2010 - 5:26 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 7 (ANI): In a study on mice, researchers found that stem cells derived from the endometrium (uterine lining) could repair brain cells damaged by Parkinson's disease, according to Yale School ... Read more...

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New anaesthetic approach blocks pain without interfering with motor function


February 2nd, 2010 - 4:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 2 (ANI): Scientists from the Children's Hospital Boston have found a new anaesthetic approach which stops pain without affecting motor function.The study group, led by Daniel Kohane of the Division ... Read more...

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Drug candidate for treating spinal muscular atrophy identified


November 5th, 2009 - 2:36 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 5 (ANI): Scientists have identified a chemical cousin of the common antibiotic tetracycline that might be useful in treating spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a currently incurable disease that is the ... Read more...

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Former Minnesota Vikings Player Orlando Thomas Still Alive


October 29th, 2009 - 6:30 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez Oct. 29, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Former Minnesota Vikings player Orlando Thomas is still alive and has not died, as was reported earlier. The defensive back who played for the National Football ... Read more...

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Potential drug candidate for slowing Lou Gehrig’s disease progression identified


October 20th, 2009 - 5:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 20 (ANI): A chemical cousin of a drug currently used to treat sepsis has been found to drastically reduce the spread of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease.The ... Read more...

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Scientists unveil antioxidant that controls spinal cord development


September 19th, 2009 - 12:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 19 (ANI): John Hopkins scientists have gained significant insights into a mechanism whereby an antioxidant protein controls the activity of another protein, critical for the development of spinal cord neurons.Writing ... Read more...

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Blue M&M candy dye may help treat spine injury


July 28th, 2009 - 2:54 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 28 (ANI): A new study has revealed that a common food dye that gives M&Ms and Gatorade their blue tint might help in treating spinal cord injury.It has shown promise ... Read more...

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What makes chimps four times stronger than humans?


March 31st, 2009 - 2:39 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 31 (IANS) Recently a pet chimp inflicted devastating injuries on a Connecticut woman - a stark reminder that chimps are much stronger than humans, as much as four-times stronger, some ... Read more...

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Why chimps are 4 times stronger than humans


March 31st, 2009 - 2:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 31 (ANI): In a new research, a scientist has suggested that chimpanzees are four times stronger than humans because our nervous systems exert more control over our muscles, thus preventing ... Read more...

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Cell-derived Lou Gehrig’’s disease model may help test novel therapeutics


February 23rd, 2009 - 6:21 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 27 (ANI): Scientists have described a new human cell-derived model of myotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig''s disease, which can offer new method of studying the ... Read more...

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X-ray eyes help early diagnosis of Parkinson’s


February 23rd, 2009 - 11:43 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 23 (IANS) Four million people worldwide are suffering from Parkinson's disease, a complex condition that varies greatly among individuals. Understanding the brain chemistry that leads to the onset of Parkinson's ... Read more...

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New brain area evolved to help humans with complex movements


January 13th, 2009 - 2:27 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 13 (ANI): Neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Pittsburgh''s Veterans Affairs Medical Center have discovered that a new area of the cerebral cortex in brain ... Read more...

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Scientists recreate hallmarks a genetic disorder in lab


December 22nd, 2008 - 11:23 am ICT by ANI
London, December 22 (ANI): University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have successfully recreated the hallmarks of a genetic disorder in their lab, using stem cells derived from a patient. The researchers claim that their ... Read more...

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Why the world doesn”t seem a blur while running


October 23rd, 2008 - 12:52 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 23 (ANI): No matter how fast we move or run, our eyes, head and body immediately adjust themselves according to our speed, and now scientists have uncovered the phenomenon ... Read more...

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How the body maintains balance while walking


October 9th, 2008 - 2:59 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, October 9 (ANI): Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have found that a class of spinal cord nerve cells, known as V3 neurons, ensure that co-ordination between the ... Read more...

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Motor neurons of Lou Gehrig’’s disease created from human skin cells


August 1st, 2008 - 2:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington , Aug 1 (ANI): A collaborative study carried out by researchers from the Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) and Columbia University for Project ALS, has become the first to show ... Read more...

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Protein that plays vital role in Lou Gehrig’’s disease identified


July 29th, 2008 - 4:35 pm ICT by ANI
Washington , July 29 (ANI): In a breakthrough study, Brandeis and Harvard Medical School scientists have identified a protein, called superoxide dismutase, that plays a vital role in the cause and ... Read more...

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Researchers identify mechanism for nerve cell repair


June 4th, 2008 - 4:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 4 (ANI): Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University have identified a key mechanism for the normal development of motor nerve cells (motor neurons) - cells that ... Read more...

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Leaky blood vessels may play key role in Lou Gehrig’s progression


April 8th, 2008 - 10:29 pm ICT by admin
London, Apr 8 (ANI): A new study from University of Rochester Medical Centre has found that leaky blood vessels that are unable to protect the spinal cord from toxins may play ... Read more...

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Researchers zero in on molecular pathways underlying sleep apnea


March 20th, 2008 - 4:25 pm ICT by admin
Washington, Mar 20 (ANI): US researchers have, for the first time, provided a detailed look at the molecular pathways underlying sleep apnea, which may lead to new treatments for the condition.Sleep ... Read more...

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Gene linked to Lou Gehrig’s disease may also cause common dementia


February 21st, 2008 - 3:39 pm ICT by admin
Washington , Feb 21 (ANI): Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a gene linked to inherited amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig's disease, may ... Read more...

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Targeting astrocytes cells slows progression in Lou Gehrigs disease


February 4th, 2008 - 1:43 pm ICT by admin
London, Feb 4 (ANI): Researchers at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have found that by targeting neuronal support cells called astrocytes can slow the progression of Amyotrophic lateral ... Read more...

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Gene mutation that steers nerve cells off course identified


November 24th, 2007 - 1:36 pm ICT by admin
Washington, November 24 (ANI): Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have identified a gene mutation in mice that causes growing neurons to lose direction after they have left the spinal ... Read more...

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