Restoring Neurons to Preserve Memory After Heart Attack or Stroke
August 21, 2019
By Neozene

This article originally appeared in FierceBiotech and was written by Arlene Weintraub People who suffer from heart attacks or strokes face a high risk of memory loss, because when fresh blood stops flowing in the brain, neurons in a region of the hippocampus involved in memory can die. Now, Stanford University researchers are proposing a new strategy for helping the brain recover those brain cells—and it involves controlling the activation of genes that can coax surrounding cells to transform into neurons. The team showed that blocking a particular microRNA in

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Ebola Meds Perform Well, Prompting Early End For Congo Study
August 13, 2019
By Neozene

This article originally appeared in FierceBiotech and was written by Amirah Al Idrus In a world where clinical trials are often stopped due to patient deaths, safety issues or because the drug is likely to fail, an Ebola study in central Africa is ending early for the opposite reason. Investigators stopped a study testing experimental Ebola treatments from Gilead Sciences, Regeneron and the National Institutes of Health because the latter two drugs beat ZMapp, another unapproved drug that had been used in previous outbreaks. The PALM study kicked off in November

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Stem Cell Combo Repairs Damaged Hearts In Rats
August 6, 2019
By Neozene

When people suffer heart attacks, the resulting damage to their cardiac tissue can’t be repaired, which is why stem-cell treatments that could regenerate that lost tissue have long been considered a holy grail among cardiology researchers. Problem is, transplanted stem cells tend to die within a few days of being implanted in the heart, making them largely ineffective. Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and the University of Washington have come up with a potential solution to this problem. It’s a combination of cells derived from

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