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Jammed Up Cellular Highways May Initiate Dementia and ALS

Molecular therapy partially relieves havoc wreaked by gene mutation in human and fly cells August 26, 2015 FAST FACTS: The C9orf72 mutation is the most common known genetic risk factor for 40 percent of inherited cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and a similar percentage of inherited cases of frontotemporal dementia. Researchers say they have

Magnetic Nanoparticles Could Be Key To Effective Immunotherapy

New method moves promising strategy closer to clinical use Release Date: July 15, 2015 FAST FACTS: Immunotherapy is based on the idea of training the body’s own immune cells to better combat cancer, infections and other diseases. A major challenge to its success has been the inability to produce enough trained immune cells to have

Nanoparticle ‘Wrapper’ Delivers Chemical that Stops Fatty Buildup in Rodent Arteries

Experimental therapy restores normal fat metabolism in animals with atherosclerosis Release Date: June 23, 2015 In what may be a major leap forward in the quest for new treatments of the most common form of cardiovascular disease, scientists at Johns Hopkins report they have found a way to halt and reverse the progression of atherosclerosis

Plugging In Your Vision’s Autostabilization Feature

New study reveals how important neurons find their way from the retina to the inner brain May 7, 2015 A pronghorn antelope in the Grand Teton National Park captured by a DSLR camera using the image stabilization function (left). The image on the right was artificially blurred to simulate one’s vision without the work of

A New Tool for Understanding ALS: Patients’ Brain Cells

Researchers create a free public library of versatile stem cells from ALS patients Release Date: April 13, 2015 FAST FACTS: More than 30,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Johns Hopkins researchers have transformed skin cells donated by ALS patients into brain cells affected by the