physiology, inflammation, neurodegeneration
Glial Ties to Persistent Pain
Glial Ties to Persistent Pain
Mark R. Hutchinson | Jan 1, 2018
Immune-like cells in the central nervous system are now recognized as key participants in the creation and maintenance of persistent pain.
Skin “Remembers” Wounds, Heals Faster the Second Time Around
Skin “Remembers” Wounds, Heals Faster the Second Time Around
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 1, 2018
After an initial wounding, genes needed for repair remain ready for action.
Infographic: Two Pain Paths Diverge in the Body
Infographic: Two Pain Paths Diverge in the Body
Mark R. Hutchinson | Dec 31, 2017
The acute pain that results from injury or disease is very different from chronic pain.
Neuroscientist and Champion of Glia Research Dies
Neuroscientist and Champion of Glia Research Dies
Kerry Grens | Dec 28, 2017
Ben Barres of Stanford University described glia’s roles in ensuring neurons’ proper synapse formation and in responding to brain injury.
CRISPR Proves Promising for Treating ALS in Mice
CRISPR Proves Promising for Treating ALS in Mice
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 21, 2017
The gene-editing tool was effective in disabling a defective gene responsible for some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 
Study Pinpoints Potential “Master Regulator” of Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Study Pinpoints Potential “Master Regulator” of Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Shawna Williams | Dec 18, 2017
Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.
Can Young Stem Cells Make Older People Stronger?
Can Young Stem Cells Make Older People Stronger?
Shawna Williams | Dec 11, 2017
Small trials using younger donors and elderly recipients hint that mesenchymal stem cell transfers might reduce frailty. 
Thousands of Mutations Accumulate in the Human Brain Over a Lifetime
Thousands of Mutations Accumulate in the Human Brain Over a Lifetime
Ruth Williams | Dec 7, 2017
Single-cell genome analyses reveal the amount of mutations a human brain cell will collect from its fetal beginnings until death.
Researchers Identify Obesity-Diabetes Link
Researchers Identify Obesity-Diabetes Link
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2017
Exosomes produced by macrophages in fatty tissue influence insulin sensitivity in distant cell types, a study finds.
Prions Found in Skin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Patients
Prions Found in Skin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Patients
Jef Akst | Nov 24, 2017
Infectious protein aggregates from the skin of human patients can cause disease in mice.