Researchers discover the origin and evolution of a famous concept of the brain

Eye-opening research by neurosurgeons from Barrow Neurological Institute and Montreal Neurological Institute has produced the foremost investigation of the origin and evolution of perhaps the most famous concept devised in neurobiology—the homunculus of neurosurgeon Wilder Penfield. The paper, along with a perspective piece, was published in the August issue of World Neurosurgery. The research was conducted by Drs. Mark Preul […]

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She never smoked—and got lung cancer in her 40s

(HealthDay)—Nikki Moreno had spent nearly a year struggling for breath, and nothing seemed to help. Not the inhalers, not the antibiotics and other drugs. Nothing seemed to help her breathe, and nothing got rid of her constant cough. It finally got so bad that she landed in the emergency room at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. Moreno was not […]

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Nilotinib appears safe in Parkinson’s trial; drug thought to allow dopamine replenishment

A clinical trial investigating the repurposed cancer drug nilotinib in people with Parkinson’s disease finds that it is reasonably safe and well tolerated. Researchers also report finding an increase in dopamine, the chemical lost as a result of neuronal destruction, and a decrease in neurotoxic proteins in the brain among study participants. Finally, they say nilotinib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, […]

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The view from inside the ‘medical scandal’ of China’s gene-edited babies

Before the news broke internationally that Chinese scientist He Jiankui had allegedly genetically engineered twin girls, only a few people around the world had known about it. One of those was Penn cardiologist Kiran Musunuru. Musunuru had previously advised Associated Press journalist Marilynn Marchione on stories related to gene editing. So, when Marchione needed a trusted scientist to help her […]

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Does the brain trick you into thinking food tastes better on Thanksgiving? It’s complicated.

Turkey that’s often bland and accompanied with cranberry sauce from a can? Stuffing yourself with food until you’re set to burst? Those are two of the most common hallmarks of Thanksgiving, which most Americans around the country looking forward to with gusto each year, but have you ever wondered why? The food at Thanksgiving helps drive the enthusiasm for the […]

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Natural preferences behind early social interactions in newborns are timed

Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and the University of Trento, measured the length of time new-born chicks were sensitive to living or animate objects that visibly change speed when they move. The study, published in Scientific reports, found that this attraction to other living things was short-lived, with chicks losing the behavior two days after birth. Short-term sensitivity […]

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