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We Need to Talk About Alzheimer's Disease

One in three older adults will experience some form of dementia, so why are families not talking about it? Constantine Lyketsos and Paul Worley share the developments in treatment and advancements toward a cure to fight the silence.

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The Science Behind Memory Formation

Richard Huganir explains how studies on the molecular basis of memory formation can help researchers find new therapies for Alzheimer’s, age-related dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and autism. 

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Alena Savonenko on Investigating the Role of Aging in the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alena Savonenko is an associate professor of pathology and neurology. She investigates the neurobiological mechanisms of aging, learning and memory. Her current research studies the mechanism of aging and why it is fundamental in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
 

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Johns Hopkins and Baltimore City Schools join forces in STEM Education

The program—STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES) was designed to prepare students for recently introduced Next Generation Science Standards. Read more.
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New ‘Liquid Biopsy’ May Help in Early Pancreatic Cancer Detection

Scientists have developed a blood test that spots tumor-specific DNA and protein biomarkers for early-stage pancreatic cancer. Learn more.
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Humans Implicated in Caribbean Mammal Extinctions

Scientists report on evidence that human arrival to Caribbean islands were likely the primary causes of the extinction of native mammal species there.
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Love Your Beauty Rest? You Can Thank These Brain Cells

Researchers report the unexpected presence of a type of neuron in the brains of mice that appears to play a central role in promoting sleep by turning ‘off’ wake-promoting neurons. Learn more.
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Scientists Find the “Epi” in the Genetics of Lung Cancer

Laboratory-grown, human airway cells showed evidence that cigarette smoke triggers “epigenetic” changes in the cells consistent with the earliest steps toward lung cancer development. Read more.