Neuroscience

Study uncovers anticonvulsant effects of valproic acid

University of California, Irvine researchers with the School of Medicine have identified the mechanism by which valproic acid controls epileptic seizures, and by doing so, also revealed an underlying factor of seizures.

Parkinson's & Movement disorders

Study reveals probable role of Parkinson's protein in healthy brain

(Medical Xpress)—Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have exposed the possible function, in the healthy brain, of a mysterious molecule that has been strongly implicated in Parkinson's disease, a degenerative ...

Medical research

A model-free way to characterize polymodal ion channel gating

Two studies in The Journal of General Physiology (JGP) help pave the way for a "shortcut" model-free approach to studying activation of "polymodal" ion channels—channels that open in response to multiple stimuli.

Neuroscience

Rats' stroke-induced seizures stopped with pulse of light

(Medical Xpress)—Stanford University School of Medicine scientists have shown that a structure deep within the brain is a crucial component of recurring seizures that can arise as a delayed consequence of a cerebral stroke. ...

Diabetes

A further step towards preventing diabetes

Having identified the important role in controlling insulin secretion played by the protein Cx36, a team of scientists at the University of Geneva have perfected an innovative method which enables testing the effectiveness ...

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