Immune response to a flu protein yields new insights into narcolepsy
A swine flu vaccine may have caused rare cases of narcolepsy by stimulating antibodies to attack brain cells that help regulate sleep.
Cystic fibrosis deadlier for Hispanic than non-Hispanic patients
In California, Hispanic patients with cystic fibrosis were three times as likely to die from the disease as their non-Hispanic counterparts, despite similar access to specialty care, a new study shows.
Stanford Medicine magazine shows some skin — and all its complexity
The summer issue goes deep on the most superficial part of the body: skin. Also included is an excerpt from a new biography of polio-vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk and an article on the growing number of castoff donor hearts.
Adolescents uncertain about risks of marijuana, e-cigarettes
Adolescents get clear messages about the harms of smoking cigarettes, but they receive conflicting or sparse information about marijuana and e-cigarettes, a study finds.
Research sheds light on how neurons control muscle movement
New research involving people diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease sheds light on how individual neurons control muscle movement in humans — and could help in the development of better brain-controlled prosthetic devices.
Study: Important to consider cause of kidney failure when planning future treatment
Most patients with failing kidneys face generic treatment paths. Outcomes may improve if their course of treatment is based on the root causes of their kidney failure, a new study says.
Kennewick Man closely related to Native Americans
The 8,500-year-old skeleton found in Washington, in 1996, has been the subject of a dispute. Now, genetic analyses of the ancient DNA suggest he is an ancestor of present-day Native Americans.
Molecular cause of heart condition identified by researchers
The beta adrenergic pathway is dysfunctional in dilated cardiomyopathy. Now, researchers have learned how a mutation that causes the disease affects the pathway, and how to mitigate its effects.
Toothed whales have survived millions of years without key antiviral proteins, researchers find
Two genes that defend against many viral infections were rendered nonfunctional in toothed whales more than 33 million years ago, a new study asserts.
Scientists find genetic underpinnings of functional brain networks seen in imaging studies
Imaging studies have delineated brain networks consisting of discrete brain regions acting in synchrony. This view of the brain’s functional architecture has now been confirmed by a study showing coordination at the genetic level as well.
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