2009 Press Releases


  • Research Shows How a Stroke Affects Hand Function; Provides Roadmap for Rehabilitation

    Released June 15, 2009 - A person whose hand function has been affected by a stroke can release an object more quickly when the affected arm is supported on a platform, but the support does not make it easier to grip the object, according to a new study.
  • Translating the Conversation Between the Brain and Blood Vessels

    Released April 21, 2009 - Does hypertension occur because the brain loses its ability to sense that the blood vessels are stretching under high pressure? In a study with obese rats, researchers found the animals’ brains could sense the stretch but still became hypertensive, eliminating that mechanism as a possibility.
  • Caffeine Appears To Be Beneficial In Males-But Not Females-With Lou Gehrig's Disease

    Released April 17, 2009 - Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a fatal disease that damages key neurons in the brain and spinal cord. The disease causes progressive paralysis of voluntary muscles and often death within five years of symptoms. A new study examined the effect of coffee, caffeine and chlorogenic acid supplementation on markers of oxidative stress, antioxidant enzyme protein content, and cell death in male and female mice models of ALS.
  • Computational Model Examines Pathways of Alzheimer's That Strikes at the Young

    Released April 17, 2009 - Contrary to popular belief, Alzheimer's does not only affect the elderly. Familial Alzheimer's disease (FAD), an offshoot of the disease, affects those as young as 30.
  • Exercise Protects Against Damage Causing Leakage in the Blood Brain Barrier

    Released April 17, 2009 - Regular exercise can prevent the disruption of the blood brain barrier that normally occurs with a dose of methamphetamine comparable to that used by heavy meth users. A University of Kentucky study is the first to look at the protective effects of exercise on the vascular effects of methamphetamine, effects that have been found clinically to contribute to serious, lasting, and sometimes fatal cardiovascular and neurological problems.
  • "Mirthful Laughter," With Standard Diabetic Treatment, Raises Good Cholesterol, May Lower Heart Attack Risk

    Released April 17, 2009 - A new study reports on the mind-emotion-disease model. “Mirthful laughter,” with standard diabetic treatment, was found to raise good cholesterol and may lower heart attack risk, according to the researchers.
  • Tip Sheet for Valentine's Day: Love is in the Brain

    Released February 11, 2009 - Dr. Lucy Brown, a neuroscientist at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, has studied the brain during various stages of romantic love using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). She describes these studies in an episode of the APS podcast, Life Lines.
  • Study Helps Explain Connection Between Sleep Apnea, Stroke and Death

    Released January 6, 2009 - Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) decreases blood flow to the brain, elevates blood pressure within the brain, and eventually harms the brain's ability to modulate these changes and prevent damage to itself, according to a new study.