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Stanford team’s brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

Years of work yield a technique that continuously corrects brain readings to give people with spinal cord injuries a more precise way to tap out commands by using a thought-controlled cursor; pilot…

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Naturally occurring protein fragment found in brain inhibits key enzyme implicated in Alzheimer’s

Findings may result in new drugs to treat the devastating diseaseFor the first time, UCLA researchers have shown that a natural protein fragment produced in the brain can act as an inhibitor of a…

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Using low-dose irradiation, researchers can now edit human genes

Effectiveness of gene editing in human stem cells improves tenfold using new techniqueFor the first time, researchers have employed a gene-editing technique involving low-dose irradiation to…

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Programming adult stem cells to treat muscular dystrophy and more by mimicking nature

Stem cells hold great potential for addressing a variety of conditions from spinal cord injuries to cancer, but they can be difficult to control.

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Mayo Clinic study uncovers key differences among ALS patients

Researchers on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus have identified key differences between patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and those with the most common…

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Steve Gleason Act passes in Congress

Steve Gleason, former NFL standout athlete for the New Orleans Saints, has redefined what it means to be a hero.

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Uncovering a key relationship in ALS

A University of Toronto research team has discovered new details about a key gene involved in ALS, perhaps humanity’s most puzzling, intractable disease.

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Gene therapy gives long-term protection to photoreceptor cells

A collaboration between scientists in the UK and the USA has shown that gene therapy can give life-long protection to the light-sensitive photoreceptor cells responsible for colour vision in a mouse…

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Formaldehyde may put funeral directors at increased risk of ALS

Researchers suggest that the formaldehyde used in embalming fluid could increase the risk of the progressive neurodegenerative disease for those who prepare bodies for burial.

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Cheek muscles hold up better than leg muscles in space

New research in The FASEB Journal compares responses of cheek and leg muscles to the lower gravity of space, suggesting that food comes firstIt is well known that muscles need resistance…

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    A group of diseases causing muscle weakness at birth. Several defined genetic mutations cause muscles to break down faster than they can repair or grow. A child with CMD may have various neurological or physical impairments. Some children never gain the ability to walk, while others lose the ability as they grow older. Learn more...

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