Hormones May Contribute to Asymmetrical Effects of Brain Injury
Hormones May Contribute to Asymmetrical Effects of Brain Injury
Researchers studying rats claim to have found a novel connection between damage on one side of the brain and problems with the posture or movement of limbs on the opposite side of the body.
Hormones May Contribute to Asymmetrical Effects of Brain Injury
Hormones May Contribute to Asymmetrical Effects of Brain Injury

Researchers studying rats claim to have found a novel connection between damage on one side of the brain and problems with the posture or movement of limbs on the opposite side of the body.

Researchers studying rats claim to have found a novel connection between damage on one side of the brain and problems with the posture or movement of limbs on the opposite side of the body.

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Low Frequency Electric Stimulation Can Treat Back Pain: Study
Low Frequency Electric Stimulation Can Treat Back Pain: Study
Emma Yasinski | Sep 2, 2021
Patients in a small trial said their chronic pain improved an average of 90 percent over the course of 15 days, but returned shortly after the electrical stimulation sessions ended.
Infographic: How Weight Lifting Changes Monkeys’ Neural Connections
Infographic: How Weight Lifting Changes Monkeys’ Neural Connections
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2020
After weeks of training, the muscles of two macaques exhibited greater responses to stimulation of the reticulospinal tract in the brain stem than they had before, suggesting that strengthening the neural pathway is key to getting stronger. 
Neural Connections Bolstered in Monkeys That Lift Weights
Neural Connections Bolstered in Monkeys That Lift Weights
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2020
A study in two macaques reveals the importance of increasing connectivity between muscles and the reticulospinal tract that runs from the brain stem down the spinal cord.
Image of the Day: Muting Muscle Spasms
Image of the Day: Muting Muscle Spasms
Amy Schleunes | Apr 16, 2020
Nimodipine, a drug used to treat brain hemorrhages, alleviates spasticity in mice after spinal cord injuries.
Image of the Day: Spinal Tap
Image of the Day: Spinal Tap
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 29, 2019
A medical art student’s master’s project will be used to help train junior physicians to perform lumbar punctures.
JHU Researchers Harmed Dogs, Animal Rights Group Argues
JHU Researchers Harmed Dogs, Animal Rights Group Argues
Ashley Yeager | Aug 15, 2019
Stop Animal Exploitation Now issues a federal complaint against Johns Hopkins scientists, saying they messed up surgeries on nine animals.
FDA Approves Gene Therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
FDA Approves Gene Therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Ashley Yeager | May 27, 2019
At $2 million for a single dose, Novartis’s Zolgensma is the most expensive medicine to date, but still less expensive over a lifetime than another approved drug for the rare genetic disease.
Image of the Day: Neuron Guides
Image of the Day: Neuron Guides
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 27, 2019
A gene helps motor neurons successfully venture out from the spinal cord to muscles during mouse development.
Japan Approves iPS Cell Therapy Trial for Spinal Cord Injury
Japan Approves iPS Cell Therapy Trial for Spinal Cord Injury
Catherine Offord | Feb 18, 2019
The treatment will be tested in a handful of patients who suffered nerve damage in sports or traffic accidents.
Image of the Day: Spontaneous Regeneration
Image of the Day: Spontaneous Regeneration
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 6, 2019
The eel-like lamprey can return to normal swimming and burrowing after suffering a severed spinal cord twice.
Nerve Stimulation Gives Paralyzed People Ability to Walk
Nerve Stimulation Gives Paralyzed People Ability to Walk
Abby Olena | Oct 31, 2018
Precisely timed electrical stimulation and intensive rehabilitation restore some capacity to walk among three men more than four years after their debilitating injuries.
Researchers Develop Potential Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease
Researchers Develop Potential Blood Test for Alzheimer’s Disease
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2018
The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.
Image of the Day: Tubular Origins
Image of the Day: Tubular Origins
The Scientist Staff | Mar 22, 2017
Murine neural tubes, with each image highlighting a different embryonic tissue type (blue). The neural tube itself (left) grows into the brain, spine, and nerves, while the mesoderm (middle) develops into other organs, and the ectoderm (right) forms skin, teeth, and hair.
Spinal Cord Injury Researcher Dies
Spinal Cord Injury Researcher Dies
Jef Akst | Feb 22, 2017
Neuroscientist Geoffrey Raisman pioneered the study of spinal cord injury and the use of cell transplants to repair the damage.
pH Detectors in Lamprey Spinal Cords Control Cell and Locomotor Activity
pH Detectors in Lamprey Spinal Cords Control Cell and Locomotor Activity
Alison F. Takemura | Sep 1, 2016
Neurons in the lamprey spinal cord can sense pH and counteract changes from the body’s optimal range.