Medical research

Stem cells may help replace lost sensory neurons

Sensory neurons of the peripheral nervous system, which sense touch, temperature, and pain, can be permanently lost during infections and trauma, in response to certain medications, and in diabetic patients with peripheral ...

Neuroscience

Brain's support cells may hold key to new Huntington's treatments

Huntington's disease—a hereditary and fatal genetic disorder—has long been considered a neuronal disease due to the permanent loss of medium spiny motor neurons, the death of which over time is responsible for the clinical ...

Ophthalmology

'Bunkers' that save eyesight? Researchers take a close look

Chronically stressing the retina can weaken it and damage our ability to see. But retinal cells have a remarkable ability to wall off damage, a team of neuroscientists led by UConn Health reports in the 1 March issue of PNAS. ...

Genetics

Nudging cells to repair damaged retinas

In an approach could someday be used to help repair the retinas in patients who have lost vision due to such diseases as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetes, scientists at the University of Washington School of Medicine ...

Oncology & Cancer

Stress pushes brain cancer cells to adapt, shows study

Glioblastoma multiformes is a potentially devastating brain tumor. Now, a collaboration between UConn Health and The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is discovering what makes them so adaptable and dangerous and sometimes able to ...

Neuroscience

Revealing the logic of the body's 'second brain'

Researchers at Michigan State University have made a surprising discovery about the human gut's enteric nervous system that itself is filled with surprising facts. For starters, there's the fact that this "second brain" exists ...

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