Researchers in Boston unravel gene responsible for Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Boston University on Thursday announced a breakthrough discovery about a gene associated with the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.This risk is tied to the APOE4 gene, which destroys brain cells if a person carries the gene. It puts them at higher risk for developing the disease, although inheriting the gene doesn’t necessarily mean one … Read more

Researchers in Boston unravel gene responsible for Alzheimer’s

Researchers at Boston University on Thursday announced a breakthrough discovery about a gene associated with the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.This risk is tied to the APOE4 gene, which destroys brain cells if a person carries the gene. It puts them at higher risk for developing the disease, although inheriting the gene doesn’t necessarily mean one … Read more

Social Stress Has Been Linked to Accelerated Immune Aging. Here’s What You Need to Know

As people age, their immune systems naturally begin to decline. This aging of the immune system, called immunosenescencemay be an important part of such age-related health problems as cancer and cardiovascular diseaseas well as older people’s less effective response to vaccines. But not all immune systems age at the same rate. In our recently published … Read more

Ingenious Technique Leads to Kids Having Kidney Transplants Without Immune Suppression

Organ transplants can quite literally save lives, but they also come with strings attached – often including a lifetime of immunosuppression drug treatments required to keep the immune system in check, least it rejects the transplanted organ as a foreign invader. Now scientists are reporting on three successful kidney organ transplants, carried out in children … Read more

Ingenious Technique Leads to Kids Having Kidney Transplants Without Immune Suppression

Organ transplants can quite literally save lives, but they also come with strings attached – often including a lifetime of immunosuppression drug treatments required to keep the immune system in check, least it rejects the transplanted organ as a foreign invader. Now scientists are reporting on three successful kidney organ transplants, carried out in children … Read more

The Human Brain Runs Way Hotter Than We Ever Realized, Scientists Find

From the engine in your car to the components in your laptop, mechanical systems tend to heat up when they’re working harder. Now new research has revealed that the same can be said of the brain – and it runs hotter than was previously thought. Some parts of the deep brain can get up to … Read more

Anorexia Can Lead to Dramatic Changes in Brain Structure, New Study Shows

A devastating and potentially deadly eating disorder, anorexia nervosa exerts its toll on the body. However, a new study also highlights the impact of a lack of sufficient nutrition can have on the brain, by reducing critical measures of brain structure and health. Based on a total of 1,648 female brain scans (685 with anorexia … Read more

Even Spiderwebs Are Now Hosting The Most Pervasive Plastic Pollution

If microplastics have boundaries, we don’t yet know what they are. We seem to find this microscopic trash everywhere we look, from the bottom of the ocean to Earth’s highest peak. We’re starting to figure out why. Beyond all the disturbing discoveries of microplastics turning up inside our bodies, we now know these tiny fragments … Read more

NIH researchers discover new genetic eye disease

News Release Thursday, June 9, 2022 Genetic and clinical research reveals new type of macular dystrophy, a cause of central vision loss. Researchers from the National Eye Institute (NEI) have identified a new disease that affects the macula, a small part of the light-sensing retina needed for sharp, central vision. Scientists report their findings on … Read more

Scientists Find Surprising Neuron Differences Between Primates And Non-Primates

Scientists taking a very close look at the architecture of neuron cells in the brain have found a key structural difference between primates and non-primates in the cortical neurons – cells that are part of the cerebrum. The findings give us a greater insight into this most complex of organs, and how the form and … Read more