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Stroke patients see signs of recovery in stem-cell trial

<b>Five seriously disabled stroke patients have shown small signs of recovery following the injection of stem cells into their brain.</b><p>Prof Keith Muir, of Glasgow University, who is treating them, says he is "surprised" by the mild to moderate improvements in the five patients.<p>He stresses it is too soon …

The Special K cure: new tests show club drug's promise for treating severe depression

As another study touts ketamine's potential, some psychiatrists say it's already working wonders for their most desperate patients<p>Dr. Terrence Early, a psychiatrist in Santa Barbara, CA, is convinced he's found the holy grail of care for severely depressed patients — those who've tried a litany of …

Dreaming of animals and other warning signs of neurodegeneration

The latest issue of <i>Nature</i> contains an Outlook supplement about the health impacts of poor sleep, including a feature I wrote about the link between …

Anxiety drug reduces MS symptoms in mice - Futurity

UC DAVIS (US) — An anti-anxiety drug available in Europe helps protect nerve fibers and …

UC Davis

Minds traumatised by disaster heal themselves without therapy

One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded hit on Boxing Day 2004. The resulting tsunami devastated huge swaths of the Indian Ocean coastline and …

A Sleep Gene Has A Surprising Role In Migraines

Mutations on a single gene appear to increase the risk for both an unusual sleep disorder and migraines, a team reports in <i>Science Translational Medicine</i>.<p>The finding could help explain the links between sleep problems and migraines. It also should make it easier to find new drugs to treat migraines, …

Scientists make 'bug-eye' camera

<b>A digital camera that functions like an insect's compound eye is reported in the journal Nature this week.</b><p>It comprises an array of 180 small lenses, which, along with their associated electronics, are stretched across a curved mounting.<p>The prototype currently has few pixels, so its images are …

Scientists find key to ageing process in hypothalamus

Scientists have found a biological command centre for the ageing process in a lump of brain the size of a nut.<p>The US team identified the mechanism in …

After injury, brain ‘niche’ makes astrocytes - Futurity

DUKE (US) — Astrocytes, brain cells once thought to impede healing, are actually necessary to …

Mice Skin Cells Transformed Into Brain Cells

Two new studies take a step toward a therapy for multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other diseases of the myelin.<p>In what one researcher called "cellular alchemy," two different teams of scientists have reported transforming mouse and rat skin cells into brain cells of the type that's destroyed …

Study shows pain really is all in your head, and you can see it

Researchers say they’ve figured out an objective way to measure pain -- by imaging the brain’s response, in real time.<p>They used a type of brain scanner called functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, to take pictures of people’s responses to pain. And they documented that a morphine-based …

It's a gut reaction: how other people's bacteria can cure us – extract

This is a standard party invitation in most respects: there's a map of the neighbourhood, the address and time, and some friendly encouragement to …

Breakthrough research suggests simple ways to reverse chronic pain

People who suffer from chronic pain often feel like the experience dominates their lives, and changes them profoundly. Now, a group of pain …

Pain

"Inattentional Blindness" Illusion

Here’s an interesting study that was performed recently on a group of 24 qualified radiologists. Each was given a series of CT scans showing diseased …