Study unravels new insights into a Parkinson’s disease protein

Research by University at Buffalo biologists is providing new insights into alpha-synuclein, a small acidic protein associated with Parkinson's disease. Alpha-synuclein is known to form abnormal clumps in the brains of patients with Parkinson's, but scientists are still trying to...

Sepsis associated with 1 in 5 deaths globally, double previous estimate

Twice as many people as previously believed are dying of sepsis worldwide, according to an analysis published today in The Lancet and announced at the Critical Care Reviews annual meeting in Belfast. Among them are a disproportionately high number of...

Cancer study may accidentally help researchers create usable blood stem cells

A massive research effort over more than a quarter century has tried to make personalized blood stem cells for use in treating leukemias, among many other uses. One way researchers have gone about this is to sample a patient's adult...

How decisions unfold in a zebrafish brain

Some things we do appear almost automatic, like opening the fridge when feeling hungry or flipping on the air conditioning when the temperature rises. Although such decisions don't seem to take much thought, they are in fact generated by millions...

New method detects toxin exposure from harmful algal blooms in human urine

Blooms of toxin-producing algae exploded in both fresh and salt water ecosystems in southern Florida during the summer months of 2018, impacting wildlife and humans living in these marine environments. During harmful algal blooms, species of cyanobacteria release toxic peptides,...

Bartonella bacteria found in hemangiosarcoma tumors from dogs

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a very high prevalence of Bartonella bacteria in tumors and tissues -- but not blood samples -- taken from dogs with hemangiosarcoma, a cancer of the blood vessels. The work further supports...

Making sense of the self

Interoception is the awareness of our physiological states; it's how animals and humans know they're hungry or thirsty, and how they know when they've had enough to eat or drink. But precisely how the brain estimates the state of the...

Canadian researchers investigating vitamin C as sepsis treatment

TORONTO -- On New Year’s Day, a 24-year-old woman from Manitoba fell sick with the flu. Five days later, Joanne Ens died of sepsis -- a condition that new analysis suggests is involved in one-in-five deaths worldwide. “They had her...

1 in 5 deaths worldwide linked to sepsis, double previous estimates

TORONTO -- For too long the global medical community has “grossly underestimated” the number of deaths connected with sepsis, a largely preventable condition that disproportionately affects young children in the world’s poorest countries, according to a Canadian doctor involved in...

Sleep linked to language skills in neurodevelopmental disorders

New research has discovered that Down's syndrome, Fragile X syndrome and Williams syndrome are all linked to sleep disruption in very young children, and that sleep plays a crucial role in the development of these children's language skills. Led by...
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