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Researchers debunk myth about Parkinson's disease
(University of Copenhagen - The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences) Using advanced computer models, neuroscience researchers at the University of Copenhagen have gained new knowledge about the complex processes that cause Parkinson's disease. The findings have recently been published in the prestigious Journal of Neuroscience.

Imaging identifies asymptomatic people at risk for stroke
(Radiological Society of North America) Imaging can be a cost-effective way to identify people at risk for stroke who might benefit from aggressive intervention, according to a new modeling study.

Japanese Global Health Fund awards $33.5 million to develop vaccines, drugs for neglected diseases
(Burness Communications) The Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund), a new public health partnership that is bringing Japanese know-how and investment to the global fight against infectious diseases, today announced seven grant investments totaling US$15.3 million to speed the development of promising drugs and vaccines to battle three insect-borne diseases -- malaria, dengue and Chagas disease. The announcement marks the GHIT Fund's third round of grant investments since November 2013 -- totaling $33.5 million.

Study first to use brain scans to forecast early reading difficulties
(University of California - San Francisco) UC San Francisco researchers have used brain scans to predict how young children learn to read, giving clinicians a possible tool to spot children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties before they experience reading challenges.

EEG study findings reveal how fear is processed in the brain
(Center for BrainHealth ) New research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published online today in Brain and Cognition illustrates how fear arises in the brain when individuals are exposed to threatening images. This novel study is the first to separate emotion from threat by controlling for the dimension of arousal.

Researcher develops and proves effectiveness of new drug for spinal muscular atrophy
(University of Missouri-Columbia) According to recent studies, approximately one out of every 40 individuals in the United States is a carrier of the gene responsible for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a neurodegenerative disease that causes muscles to weaken over time. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have made a recent breakthrough with the development of a new compound found to be highly effective in animal models of the disease. In April, a patent was filed for the compound for use in SMA.

Certain form of baldness at age 45 linked to higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer
(American Society of Clinical Oncology) A study being published online Sept. 15, 2014 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that men with a specific pattern of baldness at age 45 have a 40 percent increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer later in life, compared to men with no baldness at 45.

Drug's effect on Alzheimer's may depend on severity of disease
(University of Illinois at Chicago) A cancer drug that has shown promise against Alzheimer's disease in mice and has begun early clinical trials has yielded perplexing results in a novel mouse model of AD that mimics the genetics and pathology of the human disease more closely than any other animal model.

Collaboration drives achievement in protein structure research
(DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory) When this week's print issue of the journal Science comes out, a collective cheer will go up from New Mexico, Montana and even the Netherlands, thanks to the type of collaborative effort that is more and more the norm in these connected times.

X-rays unlock a protein's SWEET side
(DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Understanding just how sugar makes its way into the cell could lead to the design of better drugs for diabetes patients and an increase in the amount of fruits and vegetables farmers are able to grow. Stanford University researchers have recently uncovered one of these 'pathways' into the cell by piecing together proteins slightly wider than the diameter of a strand of spider silk.

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