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Archive for September 5th, 2017

Virus that causes mono may increase risk of MS for multiple races

Like whites, Hispanic and black people who have had mononucleosis, commonly known as mono, which is caused by Epstein-Barr virus, may have an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. While being infected at a young [...]

Researchers discover MRI can measure kidney scarring and predict future kidney function

Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital have made what are believed to be two world first discoveries: an MRI can measure kidney damage and can predict future kidney function within one year while avoiding needle biopsies. The researchers used a specific magnetic resonance imaging test called an elastogram to measure kidney scarring in 17 people who [...]

Monkeys with Parkinson’s disease benefit from human stem cells

One of the last steps before treating patients with an experimental cell therapy for the brain is confirmation that the therapy works in monkeys. Today, scientists at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University, Japan, report monkeys with Parkinson’s disease symptoms show significant improvement over two years after being transplanted neurons [...]

Study suggests brain’s ability to recognize faces is shaped through repeated exposure

Scientists have long deemed the ability to recognize faces innate for people and other primates – something our brains just know how to do immediately from birth. However, the findings of a new Harvard Medical School study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience cast doubt on this longstanding view. Working with macaques temporarily deprived of [...]