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Soft robotic wearable can assist ALS patients with upper arm and shoulder movement

A team of researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has developed a soft robotic wearable capable of significantly assisting upper arm and shoulder movement in people with ALS. Some 30,000 people in the U.S. are affected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, a neurodegenerative condition that damages cells in the brain and spinal cord necessary for movement. Now, a team of researchers from the...

Researchers discover how a protein deficiency can prepare the brain to minimize damage after stress

Astrocytes, small star-shaped cells, play an important role in signal transmission in the brain. Since the protein Ezrin is found abundantly in astrocyte tendrils, it is presumed to play a role in brain function....

UK signs agreement with the US to help marginalized children secure twelve years of quality education

Minister for Development, Andrew Mitchell, has signed an agreement with the US today (Friday 3 February) to help children around the world secure twelve years of quality education. The new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)...

Black South Africans report higher life satisfaction and are at less risk for depression post-migration

Credit: University of Missouri Although relocating can be stressful, a new study at the University of Missouri found Black South Africans who migrated far away from home to find work reported better emotional well-being...

New treatment approach for prostate cancer could stop resistance in its tracks

Prostate cancer cells. Credit: NIH Image Gallery For the first time, researchers have discovered that prostate cancer can be killed by targeting a single enzyme, called PI5P4Kα. The findings, published recently in Science Advances,...

Study elucidates the evolutionary conservation and diversification of auditory neural circuits in fruit flies

When it comes to courtship, it is important to ensure that one is interacting with a member of the same species. Animals use multiple sensory systems to confirm that potential mates are indeed suitable,...

The effectiveness of intranasal COVID-19 vaccination in healthy adults

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which is caused by infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has already claimed more than 6.8 million lives worldwide. Despite the rapid development and widespread...

Leveraging allogeneic dendritic cells for neoantigen cancer vaccines

The use of PDC*vac platform to develop NeoAg-based cancer vaccines. Credit: 2023 Hannani et al. A new research perspective was published in Genes & Cancer on January 30, 2023, entitled, “Leveraging a powerful allogeneic...

Drop race adjustment for AFP prenatal testing, study urges

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A race-based adjustment to test-result values from a common prenatal screening should be discontinued, according to a study published this week in Obstetrics and Gynecology. The adjustment has historically been...

Research demonstrates positive impact of online brain training

Credit: Brain and Behavior (2022). DOI: 10.1002/brb3.2853 The Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Tactics (SMART) brain health training protocol has been shown to improve symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress when delivered in person. New...

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