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Hold That Thought

By Mary Beth Aberlin | September 1, 2011

In the memory circuits of the aging brain and the signaling pathways of pain, science is trading mystery for mastery.

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Piggyback Pathogen

By Jessica P. Johnson | September 1, 2011

Editor’s Choice in Immunology

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Puncturing the Myth

By Geoffrey Burnstock | September 1, 2011

Purinergic signaling, not mystical energy, may explain how acupuncture works.

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The Cytokine Cycle

By W. Sue T. Griffin | September 1, 2011

The initiating cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown. However, from our studies it’s clear that many types of neuronal damage—­­from traumatic brain injury, to epilepsy, infection, or genetic predisposition—­can activate brain immune cells—microglia and astrocytes-- promoting them to produce IL-1 and S100 inflammatory cytokines.

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Blood’s Role in the Aging Brain

By Edyta Zielinska | August 31, 2011

A blood protein involved in allergy contributes to the decline in brain function and memory in aging mice.

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Soldiers' Amygdalae Show Scars

By Kerry Grens | August 30, 2011

A year and a half after soldiers have returned from war, impairments in the regulatory circuitry of the amygdala remain.

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Black Death Pathogen Extinct?

By Tia Ghose | August 29, 2011

The Yersinia pestis strain extracted from the bones of Black Death victims may no longer exist.

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Missing Mosquitoes

By Jef Akst | August 29, 2011

Tanzanian mosquito populations are declining, and scientists don’t know why.

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Religion and Disease

By Cristina Luiggi | August 25, 2011

Deadly epidemics can have a profound impact on people’s choice of religion.

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Haitian Cholera Source Confirmed

By Jef Akst | August 23, 2011

Researchers pinpoint Nepalese soldiers as the source of last year’s deadly cholera outbreak in Haiti.

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