The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are shut down from October 1, 2013 for an indefinite duration. This is a direct consequence of the US Government shut down due to non-approval of funding for the government for the fiscal year 2014.
A research team has identified 12 genetic regions associated with migraine susceptibility using a large-scale genome study. Eight of these regions related to migraine were found in or near genes known to play a role in controlling brain circuitries and two of the regions were associated with genes that are responsible for maintaining healthy brain tissue.
Researchers report that a certain type of protein called septins play a critical role in activating a calcium channel on the surface of the T cell. The channel is the membrane door through which calcium enters T cells, an action essential for the T cell's survival, activation, and ability to fight disease.
Researchers have revealed that, beta-secretase, a protein known for its role in Alzheimer's disease controls spindle development in muscle and leads to impaired movement in mice when the protein is absent or treated with inhibitors.
A new study details the mechanism by which axon pruning takes place. The scientists say that neurons amputate their axons, axon pruning, by a process similar to a cell death process called apoptosis. An axon is a long tail-like projection of a cell body that transmits information to other neurons or muscles.
A new study by scientists at the Michigan Technological University suggests that fish oil might alleviate the bad effects of mental stress on the heart. The omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil have long been thought to protect against heart diseases.
Taking a calcium supplement of up to 1,000 mg per day can help women live longer, according to a study whose lead author was Lisa Langsetmo, a Ph.D. Research Associate at McGill University, and whose senior author was Prof.