Neuroscience

How the brain tells our limbs apart

Legs and arms perform very different functions. Our legs are responsible primarily for repetitive locomotion, like walking and running. Our arms and hands, by contrast, must be able to execute many highly specialized jobs—picking ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Drug trial shows promise for deadly neurological disorder

Results of a small clinical trial show promise for treating a rare neurodegenerative condition that typically kills those afflicted before they reach age 20. The disease, called Niemann-Pick type C (NPC), causes cholesterol ...

Neuroscience

Defective intercellular connections cause hydrocephalus

About one in 2,000 babies are born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cannot flow towards the spinal column and builds up instead in the cavities (ventricles) of the brain. This causes the ...

Medical research

Scoliosis linked to disruptions in spinal fluid flow

A new study in zebrafish suggests that irregular fluid flow through the spinal column brought on by gene mutations is linked to a type of scoliosis that can affect humans during adolescence. Found in humans and zebrafish, ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

NIH doctors describe severe case of Ebola virus disease

For more than a month in 2015, a multidisciplinary team including infectious disease and critical care physicians and nurses, respiratory therapists and other specialists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) treated ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Sick British Ebola nurse 'much better': hospital

There has been a "significant improvement" in the health of a British nurse who suffered a relapse after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone, medics treating her in London said Wednesday.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Spines of boys and girls differ at birth

Looking at measurements of the vertebrae - the series of small bones that make up the spinal column - in newborn children, investigators at Children's Hospital Los Angeles found that differences between the sexes are present ...

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