Minimally invasive retinal reattachment procedure leads to superior photoreceptor integrity

A minimally invasive retinal reattachment procedure that can be done in an ophthalmologist’s office leads to better long-term integrity and structure of the retina’s photoreceptors—cells that allow us to see—compared with more invasive operating room procedures, according to new research published April 22. The study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology and led by researchers at St. […]

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Miniaturized models of neuron-muscle interactions give insight in ALS

Skeletal muscles enable voluntary movements and are controlled by a special type of neurons called motor neurons, which make direct contact with skeletal muscles through so-called neuromuscular junctions (NMJs). It is through NMJs that skeletal muscles receive signals making them contract or relax. In certain neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), NMJs are […]

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International research teams explore genetic effects of Chernobyl radiation

In two landmark studies, researchers have used cutting-edge genomic tools to investigate the potential health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation, a known carcinogen, from the 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine. One study found no evidence that radiation exposure to parents resulted in new genetic changes being passed from […]

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