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Cells In Urine Transformed Into Neural Stem Cells In China - by: Andres Jauregui, The Huffington Post

Researchers in China have found a way to transform cells excreted in human urine into neural progenitor cells, the precursors of brain cells.

Chemobrain and Cancer Treatments - by: Deborah Kotz, Globe Staff, Boston.com - Daily Dose Health News, Advice & Information

Along with chemotherapy’s well-documented side effects of nausea and fatigue, cancer patients also complain about a type of brain fog that sets in clouding their memory, judgement, and cognitive abilities. But a new study presented Friday at a breast cancer conference in San Antonio suggests that the condition -- called “chemobrain” -- may not always be due to the drugs but to the stress and anxiety that comes from receiving the diagnosis and fears of impending treatment.

Cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking, obesity and high blood pressure "rot" the brain by damaging memory, learning and reasoning, according to a study published Nov. 26 in the journal Age and Ageing, by researchers from the prestigious university King's College, London.

Stem Cells Neurons Drive Brain Activity After Transplantation - by: Heather Buschman, Sanford Burnham - Medical Research Institute

Sanford-Burnham researchers convince transplanted stem cell-derived neurons to direct cognitive function—getting us a step closer to using these cells to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Brain Stem-Cell Implants Help Children With Rare Illness - by: Elizabeth Lopatto, Bloomberg Business Week

Four boys with a rare and often fatal brain disease were implanted with stem cells that began fixing damage that impeded their ability to walk, talk and eat, a trial found. The findings, published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, are from the first stage of human tests funded by StemCells Inc. (STEM), a Newark, California-based company.

Fertility Treatment Linked to Multiple Sclerosis - by: HealthDay News Staff, HealthDay News

Fertility treatment is associated with a higher risk of multiple sclerosis exacerbations, which is linked to the increase in reproductive hormones affecting immune function, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in the Annals of Neurology.  

To arthritis patients, they still seem like wonders of modern medicine: artificial hip and knee implants that curb chronic pain.

"Like autism, cerebral palsy or brain injuries of that nature are a diffused population, it's not one cause," said Dr. Michael Chez, who is the Medical Director of Pediatric Neurology at the Sutter Neuroscience Institute. Doctors at the Sutter Neuroscience Institute are now beginning research to evaluate cord blood stem cells to help improve language and behavior in autism patients.

Fathema Ibrahim Ali Al Ali from the United Arab Emirates believes she has been given a new life in Seoul thanks to a successful kidney transplant performed by Korean doctors. The organ transplant for the 35-year-old woman was conducted at Asan Medical Center, and she has shown signs of a fast recovery in resuming her previous activities and even adding some new ones after going back home.

Spinal Tap May Predict Alzheimer's Years Ahead - by: Elizabeth Landau, CNN Health

Scientists are finding more clues to help determine whether people with mild dementia symptoms are at risk for Alzheimer's.

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