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ATLANTA — The first-ever national estimate among a nationally representative sample of U.S. children revealed that 3 out of every 1,000 children between the age of 6 and 17 in the United States have been diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS), according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control...
Johns Hopkins brain scientists have figured out why a faulty protein accumulates in cells everywhere in the bodies of people with Huntington’s disease (HD), but only kills cells in the part of the brain that controls movement, causing negligible damage to tissues elsewhere. The answer, reported this week in Science,...
Over 100,000 people suffer from multiple sclerosis in Germany alone. Despite intensive research, the factors that trigger the disease and influence its progress remain unclear. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried and an international research team have succeeded in attaining three important new insights into the...
Recall the saying “there are a thousand ways to skin a cat”? Researchers are rephrasing it in regard to the mosquito. Fifty years ago, we thought that the war against malaria was pretty much won. We had quinine and chloroquine, which were effective against the parasite that causes the disease....
GAINESVILLE — A dog born with a deadly disease that prevents the body from using stored sugar has survived 20 months and is still healthy after receiving gene therapy at the University of Florida — putting scientists a step closer to finding a cure for the disorder in children. Called...
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — To grow and spread, tumors need new blood vessels, a process called angiogenesis. One growth factor that causes angiogenesis has been identified – vascular endothelial growth factor or VEGF – and drugs to inhibit VEGF are already in use. But not all tumors respond to the...
A close relative of the microorganism that causes tuberculosis in humans has been found to form spores. This is a sensational finding because researchers have long been convinced that these kinds of bacteria–the mycobacteria–were incapable of forming spores. Leif Kirsebom’s research group at Uppsala University now has photographic proof, obtained...