When a bird brain tops Harvard students on a test

Experiment tests human vs. parrot memory in a complex shell game What happens when an African grey parrot goes head-to-head with 21 Harvard students in a test measuring a type of visual memory? Put simply: The parrot moves to the head of the class. Harvard researchers compared how 21 human adults and 21 6- toContinue reading “When a bird brain tops Harvard students on a test”

How the Coronavirus Short-Circuits the Immune System

In a disturbing parallel to H.I.V., the coronavirus can cause a depletion of important immune cells, recent studies found. An alarming new study may explain why immunity after coronavirus infection might be fleeting, and suggests that the virus may need a cocktail of drugs to be brought under control.Credit…Niaid At the beginning of the pandemic,Continue reading “How the Coronavirus Short-Circuits the Immune System”

Fighting Viruses

How Do Antivirals Work? Antivirals are medications used specifically to treat viral infections. They aim to minimize the symptoms of an infection and shorten its duration. They also can help reduce transmission of a virus. Rather than killing a virus directly, antivirals usually suppress the virus’s ability to infect and multiply in your cells. TheseContinue reading “Fighting Viruses”

Music as medicine

Researchers are exploring how music therapy can improve health outcomes among a variety of patient populations, including premature infants and people with depression and Parkinson’s disease. The beep of ventilators and infusion pumps, the hiss of oxygen, the whir of carts and the murmur of voices as physicians and nurses make rounds — these areContinue reading “Music as medicine”

Music can relieve chronic pain

When we listen to music, the brain is constantly trying to predict the musical structure based on universal, cultural and individual musical rules. Thus, when evaluating the effect of music applications it is necessary to consider whether the intervention is aimed at features that are universal, depend on musical enculturation, or whether it relies onContinue reading “Music can relieve chronic pain”

Facts about complex regional pain-syndrome

What is complex regional pain syndrome? Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic (lasting greater than six months) pain condition that most often affects one limb (arm, leg, hand, or foot) usually after an injury.  CRPS is believed to be caused by damage to, or malfunction of, the peripheral and central nervous systems.  TheContinue reading “Facts about complex regional pain-syndrome”

How is CRPS treated?

The following therapies are often used: Rehabilitation and physical therapy.  An exercise program to keep the painful limb or body part moving can improve blood flow and lessen the circulatory symptoms.  Additionally, exercise can help improve the affected limb’s flexibility, strength, and function.  Rehabilitating the affected limb also can help to prevent or reverse theContinue reading “How is CRPS treated?”

Targeted drug shows promise in advanced kidney cancer

Singles out abnormal blood vessel formation that fuels tumor growth Scientists report promising activity of a novel drug that targets a key molecular driver of clear cell renal cell carcinoma in patients with metastatic disease. Researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute report a response rate of 24 percent across all risk categories of patients given an oral first-in-class agent that targets hypoxiaContinue reading “Targeted drug shows promise in advanced kidney cancer”

Scientists find ally in fight against brain tumors: Ebola

Here glioblastoma cells from a human brain are growing. Addition of the Ebola-VSV oncolytic virus results in tumor infection and cell death, seen here as black cells. Over time the infection spreads to other glioblastoma cells. Glioblastomas are relentless, hard-to-treat, and often lethal brain tumors. Yale scientists have enlisted a most unlikely ally in effortsContinue reading “Scientists find ally in fight against brain tumors: Ebola”