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Better strategies to treat dementia

Imagine waking up in an unfamiliar room surrounded by strangers telling you what to do. On top of the confusion you feel, you are also in severe pain and cannot find the words to describe it nor the trust to even want to. ...

Dec 13, 2013
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Engineering prosthetic voices

"Never heard me before." That's what William, a 9-year-old boy with a speech-language disorder, said the first time he used the prosthetic voice that Northeastern associate professor Rupal Patel made just for him.

Dec 10, 2013
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Dawn of the genome era

The Human Genome Project concluded in 2003, but many of its benefits are only now being realized, according to Alan Guttmacher, director of the National Institutes of Health's Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of ...

Dec 04, 2013
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Silencing chromosome 21

Cell biologist Jeanne Lawrence's revolutionary recent discovery of a gene that effectively turns off the chromosome responsible for Down syndrome set the scientific world abuzz. On Monday night at Northeastern, ...

Dec 04, 2013
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The potential pandemic

In 2011, scientists successfully engineered a lethal avian flu virus to be transmissible between birds as well as mammals and possibly humans. The novel virus, a genetically engineered variation of H5N1 avian influenza, sparked ...

Nov 29, 2013
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The stressed out brain

Clinical studies of adolescents suffering from depression have shown an interesting connection between early life stress and the immune system. "Those who have experienced childhood trauma and adversity tend to have higher ...

Nov 08, 2013
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Crowdfunding drug discovery

During his nine years working in the pharmaceutical industry, Michael Pollastri learned to protect his research and data with extreme caution. "In the drug industry, everything is super secret," said Pollastri, now an associate ...

Oct 29, 2013
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New research takes aim at heart's 'safe zone'

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the industrialized world. However, it's not well understood and is challenging to both predict and effectively prevent, according to Alain Karma, Arts and Sciences Distinguished ...

Oct 28, 2013
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A storm in our veins

Suppose you're hiking through the forest on a sunny afternoon as a light breeze passes through the trees, gently grazing your skin. Suddenly the sky opens up and a rainstorm ensues. The trees keep you dry, but the weather ...

Sep 18, 2013
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These apps were made for walking

Only one quarter of senior citizens meet the national guidelines for regular physical activity, according to a report from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association. This is despite clear ...

Sep 12, 2013
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