Immunology

Toxic cell atlas guides new therapies for neurodegeneration

A common thread in many inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), is damage caused by oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when cells produce toxic substances known as reactive oxygen ...

Medical research

Blocking toxic-protein production in ALS

Patients with ALS frequently have a string of repeated DNA code in the cells of their brain, carrying hundreds to thousands of copies within the gene C9orf72. New research looks at what triggers these repeated sequences to ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Science Says: How family separation may affect kids' brains

Doctors have long known that separating families and other traumatic events can damage children's well-being. More recent research has shed some light on how that may happen: Severe early adversity may cause brain changes ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How compassion can triumph over toxic childhood trauma

In a recent piece on the television show 60 Minutes, Oprah Winfrey discussed childhood trauma —shining a public spotlight on the lasting effects of abuse and adversity in childhood. Oprah herself is a survivor of childhood ...

Health

Stress can worsen effects of toxic chemical exposure

When a pregnant woman suffers from stress, she's more likely to have a low birth weight baby than a non-stressed pregnant woman if both are exposed to the same toxic chemicals, according to the first study examining the combined ...

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