2015 Press Releases


  • Study Suggests New Strategy for Treating Rare Neurodegenerative Disorder Menkes Disease

    Released December 1, 2015 - Menkes disease arises from dysfunction in ATP7A, a protein that transports copper to cells, leading to brain development complications. Introducing working versions of ATP7A in the brain is considered the most direct therapeutic approach. However, a new study in AJP-Cell suggests that functioning ATP7A located elsewhere in the body, not necessarily the entire brain, can help treat the disorder. This research is highlighted as one of this month’s “best of the best” as part of the American Physiological Society’s APSselect program.
  • Male Hormone Testosterone Cause of Sex Differences in Parkinson’s Disease Risk, Study Suggests

    Released November 18, 2015 - Men are twice as likely as women to develop Parkinson’s disease. New research suggests that testosterone enhances the susceptibility of brain cells that control movement to damage from chemical imbalances, explaining the sex differences in the occurrence of Parkinson’s.
  • Clumsy? Ballet Might Help

    Study in professional ballet dancers finds that ballet training may improve balance and coordination in daily activities.
  • IV Administration of Endothelin B Receptor Drug Reduces Memory Loss, Oxidative Stress in Alzheimer’s Disease

    Released September 4, 2015 - An estimated 5.3 million people in the U.S. suffer from Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The five current FDA-approved AD medications only help mask the disease symptoms instead of treating the underlying disease. In a new study presented at the 14th International Conference on Endothelin: Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics, researchers used IRL-1620, a chemical that binds to endothelin B receptors, to treat AD in rats.
  • New Hope for Lou: Unexplored Therapeutic Targets for ALS

    Released September 3, 2015 - No cures exist for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and the only approved therapy slows the progression by only a few months. A new study identifies a promising unexplored avenue of treatment for ALS, the endothelin system. This study will be presented at 14th International Conference on Endothelin: Physiology, Pathophysiology and Therapeutics in Savannah, Ga.
  • CPAP Works: Common Sleep Apnea Treatment Reverses Brain Function Changes Associated with Heart Disease

    Released September 1, 2015 - CPAP machines are a common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, but some people have a hard time adjusting and do not continue the treatment or are reluctant to start. A new study shows that CPAP is an effective sleep apnea treatment, finding that it reverses health changes that result in cardiovascular disease if the disorder is left untreated. This study is highlighted as one of this month’s “best of the best” as part of the APSselect program.
  • This Week’s Articles in PresS Highlights

    Released August 19, 2015 - New treatments for fibromyalgia and a dairy-derived protein discovered to be a prebiotic that holds promise for treating gastrointestinal conditions and obesity are featured this week.
  • Electrical Nerve Stimulation Can Reverse Spinal Cord Injury Nerve Damage in Patients

    Released July 1, 2015 - Researchers find that nerve stimulation can improve the function of peripheral nerves damaged by spinal cord injury (SCI). This technique may be a new approach to preventing long-term changes in nerve and muscle function after SCI and improving SCI rehabilitation outcomes.This research is highlighted as one of this month’s “best of the best” as part of the American Physiological Society’s APSselect program.
  • NASA Astronaut-Scientists Speak at APS History of Physiology Group Symposium

    Released April 1, 2015 - Astronaut-scientists from the 1998 NASA STS-90 Neurolab space mission will discuss what they learned about how the brain and nervous system work without gravity.
  • Diet Rich in Methionine—Found Most Abundantly in Eggs, Fish and Meats—May Promote Memory Loss

    Released March 31, 2015 - Eating mostly protein in your diet? Research suggests a diet rich in eggs, fish and meats can lead to memory loss. Research will be presented at the 2015 Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston on Tuesday, March 31.
  • Blueberries Show Promise as Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

    Released March 30, 2015 - Roughly 8 percent of people in the US suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). SSRIs, such as Zoloft and Paxil, are the only currently-approved therapy for PTSD, but their effectiveness is marginal. LSU researchers have found that blueberries could be an effective treatment. Research will be presented at the 2015 Experimental Biology Meeting in Boston on Monday, March 30.
  • Cancer Drug Encourages Both Disease Regression and Loss of Taste

    Released March 2, 2015 - Researchers at the University of Michigan have identified the pathway responsible for taste changes among users of chemotherapy drugs that treat basal cell carcinoma. Manuscript was chosen as an APSselect article for March.