Jon Hamilton

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At an international meeting, Alzheimer's researchers are assessing what comes next

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Experimental drugs for Alzheimer's disease have been a disappointment so far. Researchers at the Alzheimer's Association International Meeting in San Diego trying to figure out what comes next.

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Alzheimer's researchers are looking beyond plaques and tangles for new treatments

Monday, August 01, 2022

An atlas showing how Alzheimer's changes individual brain cells could help researchers find new treatments for the disease.

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Encore: Exotic dancers in Hollywood push for unionization

Thursday, July 14, 2022

A strip club in Hollywood is one of the latest places in the nation seeing increased unionization efforts. Dancers say their occupation is dangerous and they need more protection.

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Why don't woodpecker brains get damaged from pecking? They're tiny, scientists say

Thursday, July 14, 2022

A woodpecker's brain takes a big hit with every peck against a tree. Yet the animals don't get brain damage. A team of scientists says the reason is the brain's very small size.

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A woodpecker's brain takes a big hit with every peck: study

Thursday, July 14, 2022

A new study refutes the popular idea that a woodpecker's brain is cushioned from the violent impacts of pecking. It offers a different reason the birds avoid brain damage.

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Scientists look to people with Down syndrome to test Alzheimer's drugs

Thursday, July 07, 2022

Because people with Down syndrome are very likely to develop Alzheimer's, they are ideal candidates for experimental drugs meant to halt the disease.

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Encore: Communication among monkeys could help explain how humans evolved to talk

Wednesday, July 06, 2022

Some monkeys make complex vocalizations, others don't. The reason why could help explain how the human brain evolved to produce speech. (Story first aired on All Things Considered on June 21, 2022.)

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The way monkeys communicate could help explain how humans evolved to talk

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Marmoset monkeys make complex vocalizations. Macaque monkeys don't. And the reason could help explain how the human brain evolved to produce speech.

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CTE is rare in brains of deceased service members, study finds

Monday, June 13, 2022

Despite a high risk of brain injuries, military personnel rarely develop a disabling brain condition often found in former boxers and football players.

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A drug for HIV appears to reverse a type of memory loss in mice

Sunday, June 12, 2022

A recent study finds an HIV drug can reverse memory loss in aging mice. This type of memory helps humans do things like associate a name with a face and typically starts to decline in middle age.

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Researchers are developing prosthetics that have a sense of touch

Thursday, June 09, 2022

A team at the University of Pittsburgh is working to connect prosthetic arms and legs with the nervous system to give patients a sense of touch.

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A drug for HIV appears to reverse a type of memory loss in mice

Saturday, May 28, 2022

In mice, the HIV drug maraviroc restored a system that links new memories that are made around the same time. The finding could help treat memory problems in people.

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An HIV drug appears to boost memory in mice, study shows

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A new study finds that an HIV drug can reverse memory loss in aging mice. This type of memory helps humans do things like associate a name with a face. It typically starts to decline in middle age.

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A substance found in young spinal fluid helps old mice remember

Monday, May 16, 2022

A team at Stanford University has reversed memory loss in old mice by flooding their brains with spinal fluid taken from young animals. The finding may hold promise for Alzheimer's research.

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Youthful spinal fluid could help treat Alzheimer's disease, study suggests

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The memory of aging mice improved when they received a substance found in the spinal fluid of young animals and young people. The finding suggests a new approach to treating Alzheimer's disease.

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Brain scans may reveal a lot about mental illness, but not until studies get bigger

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Scientists are using MRI scans to understand how mental illness shows up in the bran. But new research raises concerns that existing studies are not reliable because the sample sizes are too small.

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Brain scan studies need to get much bigger to offer insight into mental illness

Monday, April 25, 2022

Researchers say most brain scan studies are too small to explain complex human traits like intelligence or mental health. Meaningful insights will require studies of thousands of brains, not dozens.

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A lead COVID test investigator on how well at-home rapid tests work for BA.2

Monday, April 25, 2022

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Dr. Wilbur Lam, a lead investigator assessing COVID-19 diagnostic tests for the U.S. government, about detecting the omicron BA.2 subvariant with rapid tests.

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Encore: Concussions don't necessarily hurt your ears, but they can hurt your hearing

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

People who sustain a concussion can develop an unusual hearing problem. Their ears work fine, but their brain struggles to process sounds. (Story first aired on All Things Considered on Nov. 3, 2021.)

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Medicare has decided to sharply limit coverage of Aduhelm, a new Alzheimer drug

Friday, April 08, 2022

Medicare officials announced on Thursday that the health insurance program for older Americans will sharply limit coverage of a costly and controversial new Alzheimer's drug.

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