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Scientists Discover a Way to Connect Neurons With Lasers


A breakthrough technique, where scientists are able to connect neurons using ultra-short laser pulses, has been developed by a team of researchers from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta; a discovery which has significant implications for new medical research. This is the first time that scientists have been able to find a way to bond neurons, the ...

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Scientists create an artificial skin that can sense both heat and touch

Prosthetic hand with artificial skin

While scientists have made great advances in the development of prosthetic limbs over the last 25 years, two independent groups of researchers in America and Korea have taken the possibility of creating prosthetics that can also feel one step further by developing an artificial skin that contains both touch and heat sensors. At the moment, people who need prosthetics can ...

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A Dormant Retrovirus May Be Responsible Neuronal Damage in ALS Patients

Neuronal Damage

Researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) have discovered that a dormant retrovirus may have been responsible for causing neuronal damage in a number of patients with ALS – amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Their findings raise hope that finding a way to block the virus with antiretroviral drugs may be of benefit to some ALS patients. The ...

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New Research Suggests that Parkinson’s May Begin in the Gut

Following a new research study carried out by scientists at the Aarhus University in Denmark, it’s been suggested that Parkinson’s may actually begin in the gut before spreading upwards through the nervous system to the brain. While, up until recently, this has merely been put forward as a theory, this new research adds important evidence to support such a claim ...

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Better Clinical Management Needed for Patients with Neurofibromatosis

It’s hoped that increased scientific knowledge will enable better clinical management and fewer complications for those people who suffer from neurofibromatosis (NF). A new paper, written by Nikolas Mata-Machado, a paediatric neurologist and specialist in NF at the Loyola University Medical Center, has proposed a series of guidelines for the clinical management of the condition. This was published in the ...

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Could Vibrating Magnetic Balls Hold the Secret to the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease?

the Secret to the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease

Although the advent of techniques such as deep brain stimulation (inserting electrodes into the brain to deliver rapid pulses of weak electrical current) have proved to be very exciting developments in the treatment of disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), the fact that this is an intrusive treatment has meant that it’s not the most ...

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Scans Reveal More Acupuncture Tattoos on the Iceman

Acupuncture Tattoos on the Iceman

Acupuncture has a long history, and although it remains a highly controversial therapy in modern medicine, more evidence has recently been unearthed to show how it was used in the ancient Alps. The mummified remains of a man, sometimes known as Otzi but also referred to as the Iceman, has been scanned using specific photographic imaging which has allowed researchers ...

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How Tetanus is Shedding Light on New Treatments for Motor Neurone Diseases

Motor Neurone Diseases

Scientists are furthering their understanding of the as-yet incurable group of neurodegenerative disorders known as motor neurone diseases (MNDs) by observing how the tetanus neurotoxin virus infects the body’s nerve cells. They have hope that they will discover more effective ways of treating MND symptoms by studying the pathways tetanus uses as possible routes for delivering remedies to the nervous ...

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