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Effects of estrogen treatment combat multiple sclerosis in mice

A study by UCLA researchers reveals the cellular basis for how the hormone estrogen protects against damage to the central nervous system in women with multiple sclerosis, or MS. The researchers found that estrogen treatment exerts positive effects on two types of cells during disease — immune cells in the brain as well as cells called oligodendrocytes. (more…)

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Experimenteller Wirkstoff lindert Beschwerden neurodegenerativer Hirnerkrankung im Laborversuch

Testsubstanz verlangsamt Krankheitsverlauf

Forscher des Deutschen Zentrums für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen (DZNE) in Bonn haben gemeinsam mit Forscherteams um Christian Griesinger vom Max-Planck-Institut (MPI) für biophysikalische Chemie und Armin Giese von der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) einen neuartigen Wirkstoff untersucht, der als Prototyp für die Entwicklung von Medikamenten gegen Alzheimer und andere Hirnerkrankungen dienen könnte. Die Substanz mit der Bezeichnung „anle138b“ linderte bei Mäusen Krankheitsbeschwerden und verbesserte deren kognitive Leistung. (more…)

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Heavy Flavor Tracker for STAR

New Detector System from Berkeley Lab for Quark-Gluon Plasma Studies May Lead to Better Understanding of Early Universe

In the first few microseconds after the big bang, the universe was a superhot, superdense primordial soup of “quarks” and “gluons,” particles of matter and carriers of force respectively. This quark-gluon plasma cooled almost instantly but it’s brief existence set the stage for the universe we know today. To better understand how our universe evolved, scientists are re-creating a quark-gluon plasma in giant particle accelerators such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), where an elaborate experiment called “STAR,” for Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC, has been collecting and analyzing data for the past decade. The STAR experiment is now poised for a major upgrade with the introduction of a new particle detector system, called the “Heavy Flavor Tracker,” that is the most advanced of its kind in the world. (more…)

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