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Evaluation of the use of human umbilical cord for in-utero spina bifida repair

January 23, 2017

Public Release: 23-Jan-2017 Two studies look at regenerative patches

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2016 Research Highlights — Promising Medical Advances

December 21, 2016

Findings with Potential for Enhancing Human Health With NIH support, scientists across the United States and the world conduct wide-ranging research to improve the health of our nation. Groundbreaking NIH-funded research often receives top scientific honors. In 2016, these honors included 1 NIH-supported Nobel Prize winner and 5

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A protein-folding gene helps heal wounds

November 22, 2016

At a GlanceResearchers identified a protein that dramatically accelerates wound healing in animal models.The findings may aid development of new therapies to heal wounds and regenerate tissue.Zebrafish can regenerate fins and many other types of body tissues, making them an ideal model system to study tissue regeneration. Kazakovmaksim/iStock/ThinkstockWound healing after an

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Study Restores Locomotion in Paralyzed Monkeys

November 18, 2016

A brain–spine interface alleviating gait deficits after spinal cord injury in primatesResearchers: Marco Capogrosso, Tomislav Milekovic, David Borton, Fabien Wagner, Eduardo Martin Moraud, Jean-Baptiste Mignardot, Nicolas Buse, Jerome Gandar, Quentin Barraud, David Xing, Elodie Rey, Simone Duis, Yang Jianzhong, Wai Kin D. Ko, Qin Li, Peter Detemple, Tim Denison, Silvestro

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Third World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care | March 16-19, 2017

November 16, 2016

SourceThird World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and CareMarch 16-19, 2017Loews Coronado Bay – San Diego, CaliforniaThis innovative meeting serves as the preeminent forum for a unique gathering of international Spina Bifida researchers and healthcare professionals specializing in a range of medical disciplines, including:Developmental PediatricsDietetics EpidemiologyGeneticsNeurologyNeuropsychologyNeurosurgeryNursingOrthopedicsPediatricsPhysiatryPsychologyRehabilitative TherapyResearch ScienceSocial WorkUrology More information.

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Predicting the usefulness of antidepressants

November 1, 2016

At a GlanceResearchers created a model, based on brain activity and exposure to stress in childhood, that predicts the likelihood that antidepressants will benefit a patient.The study suggests a new way to help inform treatment decisions for people with depression.People with depression may need to try several treatments

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Cannabinoid receptor structure revealed

November 1, 2016

At a GlanceScientists provided a detailed view of the primary molecule through which cannabinoids—the active compounds in marijuana—exert their effects on the brain.The findings might help guide the design of more targeted medicines with fewer side effects.The molecular structure of CB1 (yellow ribbon) bound with AM6538 (orange stick structure). THC,

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Study: ‘Ubiquitous’ Nature Of Painkillers Lands Kids — Even Toddlers — In The ER

October 31, 2016

As the nation continues to confront an epidemic of opioid and prescription painkiller addiction and overdoses, its victims seem to flood emergency rooms. But a study out Monday highlights a surprising group of patients suffering from opioid poisoning at rates that have also marked a dramatic increase: adolescents, children and

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What Would A Public Insurance Option Look Like?

October 26, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The “public option,” which stoked fierce debate in the run-up to the Affordable Care Act, is making a comeback — at least among Democratic politicians.The proposal to create a government-funded health plan, one that might look like Medicare or Medicaid but would be open to everyone, is being advocated by

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Beware Of Unapproved Stem Cell Treatments

October 10, 2016

A website for five affiliated stem cell clinics, hails a “breakthrough” for Parkinson’s disease: “Stem Cells Replace Damaged Nerves, Reverse Symptoms.”For those of you whose lives — or whose loved ones’ lives — have been upended by chronic or incurable conditions such as Parkinson’s, that’s just the kind of breakthrough you’ve been waiting

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Brain cells that cool the body

October 4, 2016

At a GlanceResearchers identified a set of heat-sensing brain cells in mice that prompt both nervous system and behavioral changes that cool the body.The study suggests an answer to the longstanding question of how the brain regulates body temperature.Photo: Scientists have long sought to understand how cells in

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A Golden Ticket That Fast-Tracks A Drug Through The FDA

September 29, 2016

Drugmaker Sarepta Therapeutics won a big victory when its $300,000 muscular dystrophy drug was recently approved, but the company had other reasons to celebrate, too.They were also awarded the drug world’s equivalent of a Willy Wonka golden ticket.The ticket, known as a rare pediatric disease priority review voucher, is part

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A Practical To-Do List For Family Caregivers

September 29, 2016

Ask Kathy Kenyon about what it’s like to be a family caregiver, and she’ll give you an earful.On several occasions, doctors have treated this accomplished lawyer like she was an interloper — not the person to whom her elderly parents had entrusted health care and legal decision-making.Kenyon wasn’t told how to

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Depression screening and treatment in adults

September 27, 2016

At a GlanceA study suggests that most adults with depression may not receive treatment, and that many who do undergo treatment might not have the disorder.The findings highlight the need to deliver appropriate care to people with depression.Depression can cause severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle

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