Medications

Study reveals how epilepsy and migraine drug causes birth defects

Valproic acid—a drug used to treat epilepsy, migraine, and bipolar disorder—can cause birth defects when taken during pregnancy. Now, a study publishing June 14 in the open access journal PLOS Biology by Bill Keyes of ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How herpesviruses awaken

Eight different herpesviruses are known to date in humans. They all settle permanently in the body after acute infection. Under certain circumstances, they wake up from this dormant phase, multiply and attack other cells. ...

Ophthalmology

Improved retinal transplant technique ready for clinical trials

Researchers led by Michiko Mandai at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) in Japan have used a genetic modification to improve human-derived retina transplants grown in the lab. After transplant into damaged ...

Neuroscience

Retina 'hardwired' to predict path of moving objects

Neural circuits in the primate retina can generate the information needed to predict the path of a moving object before visual signals even leave the eye, UW Medicine researchers demonstrate in a new paper.

Medical research

Astrocytes derived from patients with bipolar disorder malfunction

Brain cells called astrocytes derived from the induced pluripotent stem cells of patients with bipolar disorder offer suboptimal support for neuronal activity. In a paper appearing March 4th in the journal Stem Cell Reports, ...

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