Immunology

Immune cells cast nets to save us from harm

Our immune cells can undergo a spectacular form of cell death, using their own DNA to make nets that kill infectious microbes. Now for the first time, advanced microscopy techniques have allowed scientists to visualise details ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Distinguishing differences in dementia using brain scans

Neuroscientist Anne Hafkemeijer is able to distinguish two different forms of dementia using advanced imaging techniques. This is the first step towards early recognition of dementia in patients on the basis of brain networks.

Oncology & Cancer

New technique to help brain cancer patients

A new scanning technique developed by Danish and US researchers reveals how susceptible patients with aggressive brain cancer are to the drugs they receive. The research behind the ground-breaking technique has just been ...

Medical research

Gastric bypass surgery changes the brain’s response to food

(Medical Xpress)—The weight loss seen in patients after gastric bypass surgery for obesity may be helped by changes in the way the brain itself responds to food, reducing not only hunger but also the drive to eat for pleasure, ...

Neuroscience

Validating maps of the brain's resting state

Kick back and shut your eyes. Now stop thinking. You have just put your brain into what neuroscientists call its resting state. What the brain is doing when an individual is not focused on the outside world has become the ...

Neuroscience

New imaging technique holds promise for speeding MS research

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that detects the telltale signs of multiple sclerosis in finer detail than ever before – providing a more ...

Neuroscience

Preventing chronic pain with stress management

For chronic pain sufferers, such as people who develop back pain after a car accident, avoiding the harmful effects of stress may be key to managing their condition. This is particularly important for people with a smaller-than-average ...

Pediatrics

Ultrasound diagnoses appendicitis without X-rays

Children suspected of having appendicitis are more likely to receive CT scans, which involve radiation, if they are evaluated at a general hospital, a new study by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has ...

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