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Scientists paint multi-color atlas of the brain

The human brain contains approximately 86 billion neurons, or nerve cells, woven together by an estimated 100 trillion connections, or synapses. Each cell has a role that helps us to move muscles, process our environment, form memories, and much more. Given the huge number of neurons and connections, there is still much we don’t know […]

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Regulating copper in the brain stops memory loss in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the presence of amyloid plaques in the patient’s brain. These plaques sequester copper, and contain approximately five times as much as a healthy brain. Two CNRS scientists from the Coordination Chemistry Laboratory recently developed, with their colleagues from the Guangdong University of Technology and Shenzhen University (China), a molecule that […]

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Diabetes, High Blood Pressure Raise Odds of COVID Harming Brain

MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2020 — COVID-19 patients with high blood pressure or diabetes may be more likely to develop critical neurological complications, including bleeding in the brain and stroke, according to an ongoing study. University of Pennsylvania researchers studied COVID-19 patients who had a head CT scan or MRI within their health system between January […]

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Gene could slow down tumor repair in breast cancer brain metastasis

Treating tumors presents a tricky conundrum: a higher dose of radiation is more effective for treatment, but the higher the dose, the more danger it poses to healthy cells. Researchers at Yale have made significant inroads into solving this problem in a paper titled, “LRRC31 inhibits DNA repair and sensitizes breast cancer brain metastasis to […]

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DNA repair supports brain cognitive development

It’s a fact of life that things break down. And when they do, whether it’s your car, the roof, or a blocked artery, there are people who we can call to help with the repairs. A lesser known fact of life is that DNA also regularly breaks down and needs to be repaired. Researchers led […]

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Is proton therapy the silver bullet for children with brain cancer?

Adelaide is poised to open Australia’s first proton therapy center in 2025, with children and young adults expected to be the main beneficiaries of more effective cancer treatment with fewer side effects. But just how safe is proton therapy for children with brain cancer compared to the conventional X-ray radiation delivered post-surgery? A new study […]