Tag Archives: Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Early Indications Suggest Zika Virus Might Damage Adult Brains Resulting in Long-Term Neurological Conditions (NHS Choices / Cell Stem Cell)

Summary The Zika virus has been linked with microcephaly in human babies, and has also – more tentatively – been linked to Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), but until now was not thought likely to affect the adult population beyond minor short-term … Continue reading

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Memories Lost in Alzheimer’s Disease: Potentially Retrievable? (NHS Choices / Nature)

Summary Research on transgenic mice suggests that memories are not destroyed irretrievably by Alzheimer’s Disease; there appears to be problems recalling these lost memories. Lost memories may be retrievable, under experimental conditions, by exposing “Engram Cells” with bright blue light … Continue reading

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Stroke Brain Damage Reversed by Brain Stimulation? (BBC News / PNAS)

Summary Research at Stanford University School of Medicine, on mice, indicates that stimulation of the brain regions which control movement may help recovery from strokes. They investigated whether brain stimulation aided recovery and discovered that those animals receiving brain stimulation … Continue reading

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Exposure of Aged Mice to Young Blood Plasma Improves Age-Related Cognitive Impairment? (BBC News / NHS Choices / Nature Medicine / Science)

Summary Researchers at Stanford University believe they might have discovered a novel method of slowing, or even reversing, a range of ageing processes (mental and physical). Their work, based on mice so far, involved injecting the blood of young mice … Continue reading

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Human Skin Cells (Fibroblasts) Converted into Neurons (NHS Choices)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 1, August 2011]. Abstract The July 14th 2011 issue of The Independent reported that scientists at Stanford University in California have learned how to … Continue reading

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