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Glioma Brain Tumors Form Synapses With Healthy Neurons

The process of breast cancer’s spread into the brain involves the “N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor” (NMDAR), which is found on the cell membranes of neurons and is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses, scientists at EPFL’s Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC) have discovered[1]. One of the biggest problems with any type of cancer is […]

Childhood Behavior Linked To Taking Acetaminophen In Pregnancy

An association between paracetamol intake and hyperactivity and attention problems has been identified in a new study. The research investigated if there were any effects of taking paracetamol in mid-pregnancy and the behaviour of the offspring between the ages of 6 month and 11 years, with memory and IQ tested up until the age of […]

Why A Toxin Produced By Saltwater Algae May Lead To ALS

A computer generated-simulation has allowed scientists to see how a toxin produced by algal blooms in saltwater might cause Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Penn State College of Medicine researchers investigated an environmental toxin called β-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) that has been linked[1] to significantly increased occurrence of sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in populations with frequent dietary consumption […]

To Persist Through Chemotherapy, Cancer Cells Turn To Cannibalism

Some cancer cells survive chemotherapy by devouring their neighboring tumor cells, research from Tulane University suggests[1]. This act of cannibalism may give these cancer cells the energy required to stay alive and begin tumor relapse after the treatment is completed. “Understanding the properties of these senescent cancer cells that allow their survival after chemotherapy treatment […]

What Neuroscientists Are Learning About Our Brains By Launching Themselves Into Zero Gravity Flight

More than 500 people have travelled into space to date and, while we know a little about how life without gravity affects our physical health, we know almost nothing about how it affects our minds. So, my colleagues and I have been launching ourselves, rigs of equipment and our participants into “zero gravity flight” to […]