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Zika Update

By | January 28, 2016

The virus continues to spread as countries issue pregnancy advisories and drug firms pick up on vaccine development.

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Schizophrenia and the Synapse

By | January 27, 2016

Genetic evidence suggests that overactive synaptic pruning drives development of schizophrenia.

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More Evidence of Alzheimer’s Transmission

By | January 27, 2016

Examining the brains of seven patients who died of the prion disease called Creutzfeldt–Jakob, researchers find signs of Alzheimer’s pathology. 

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AAUP Champion Dies

By | January 26, 2016

Jordan Kurland, associate general secretary of the American Association of University Professors, has passed away at age 87. 

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New Tests for Zika in the Works

By | January 25, 2016

To answer questions about the risks of Zika virus infection, researchers need better diagnostics.

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Zika Update

By | January 25, 2016

Health officials expect the virus to spread to nearly all countries in the Americas and expand warnings for pregnant women.

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Processing Faces

By | January 21, 2016

Other people’s faces are mapped onto our brains.

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Cocaine Induces Neuronal Autophagy

By | January 19, 2016

A new study supports the idea that cocaine triggers brain cells to eat themselves and suggests a possible antidote.

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How Blasts Affect the Brain

By | January 13, 2016

Repeated exposure to explosions can damage the cerebellum in combat veterans and mouse models alike.

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Study: Melioidosis Underreported

By | January 12, 2016

Researchers warn that a poorly understood, life-threatening tropical disease may be killing thousands more people than previously realized.

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