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Biomedical and Science Policy Reporter, Nature Magazine
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Biomedical research and policy reporter for @NatureNews covering brains, bugs, and @NIH. Recovering molecular biologist, nature lover, music snob. Opinions mine

US regulators move on thought-controlled prosthetics

nature.com — UPMC For the first time since accidents severed the neural connection between their brains and limbs, a small number of patients are reaching out and feeling the world with prosthetic devices wired directly to their brains.

Clinical-trial rules to improve access to results

nature.com — David McNew/Reuters/Corbis The US website ClinicalTrials.gov is the world's largest repository of clinical-trial information, containing the results of more than 179,000 studies conducted in 187 countries. Yet the database represents only a fraction of the trials that are run.

Deceptive Practices in Drugs Research Could Become Harder

nature.com — Alex Wong/Getty Hiding negative results and harmful side effects that occur in clinical trials would become harder in the United States under regulations proposed on 19 November by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

US government cracks down on clinical-trials reporting

nature.com — Alex Wong/Getty Hiding negative results and harmful side effects that occur in clinical trials would become harder in the United States under regulations proposed on 19 November by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Transparent Brains Reveal Effects of Cocaine and Fear [Video]

nature.com — A technique that makes mouse brains transparent shows how the entire brain responds to cocaine addiction and fear. The findings could uncover new brain circuits involved in drug response. In the technique, known as CLARITY, brains are infused with acrylamide, which forms a matrix in the cells and preserves their structure along with the DNA and proteins inside them.

Transparent brains reveal effects of cocaine and fear

nature.com — A technique that makes mouse brains transparent shows how the entire brain responds to cocaine addiction and fear. The findings could uncover new brain circuits involved in drug response. In the technique, known as CLARITY, brains are infused with acrylamide, which forms a matrix in the cells and preserves their structure along with the DNA and proteins inside them.

Gut-brain link grabs neuroscientists

nature.com — Lester V. Bergman/Corbis Companies selling 'probiotic' foods have long claimed that cultivating the right gut bacteria can benefit mental well-being, but neuroscientists have generally been sceptical. Now there is hard evidence linking conditions such as autism and depression to the gut's microbial residents, known as the microbiome.

Human brainwaves light up mouse genes

nature.com — Ref. 1 A system that uses brain activity to switch on genes with light could give new meaning to the phrase 'mind over matter'. The set-up, which was tested in mice, might one day allow human patients to pre-empt pain or seizures by recognizing brain activity that signals the onset of these phenomena and intervening to stop them.

Alzheimer's drug sneaks through blood-brain barrier

nature.com — Delivering medications to the brain could become easier, thanks to molecules that can escort drugs through the notoriously impervious sheath that separates blood vessels from neurons. In a proof-of-concept study in monkeys, biologists used the system to reduce levels of the protein amyloid-β, which accumulates in the brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Lobbying sways NIH grants

nature.com — Douglas Graham/Roll Call/Getty Advocates for patients with rare diseases spend millions of dollars lobbying the US Congress each year - and it is money well spent, an economic analysis has found. Between 1998 and 2008, such efforts helped to increase new funding for rare-disease programmes by 3-15% each year at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), according to a report to be published in Management Science ( D.
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Dec 17, 2014

Mind-controlled robotic arm reaches into the 10th dimension... think I may be interpreting that wrong. #headasplode iopscience.iop.org/1741-2552/12/1…

Dec 17, 2014

RT @petersagal: Here is my thought on Cuba: "Cuba is thin at one end, much, much thicker in the middle, and then thin again at the far end."

Dec 17, 2014

"the hoary sentiment of filthy lucre’s overriding all reason"... We talking about Thorin or Peter Jackson? #hobbit nytimes.com/2014/12/17/mov…



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