Regenerative Medicine: Research will help animals and humans

Regenerative Medicine: Research will help animals and humans

Researchers at Virginia Tech are developing a type of regenerative medicine using stem cells to heal horses and dogs. Their focus has been in engineering stronger ligaments that are less likely to be susceptible to injuries. When horses suffer leg injuries, especially involving torn ligaments or tendons, they are usually career-ending. Being able to heal […]

Depression: Blue Lights May Help

Depression: Blue Lights May Help

A biologist at MIT has demonstrated that chronic stress caused by depression can be cured by tricking the brain into remembering a happy memory. Using mice, researchers coded cells that store happy memories to respond when exposed to a blue light. Mice that had undergone chronic stress snapped out of their depression following exposure to […]

Amputation: Not bad for jellyfish

Amputation: Not bad for jellyfish

Animal research on jellyfish is broadening scientists’ understanding of tissue reorganization. When moon jellyfish lose a limb, their bodies are able to reorganize to maintain their body symmetry. Losing tentacles is not a catastrophic event for the jellyfish, and researchers would like to understand why. This could lead to huge advancements in the medical field […]

Tinnitus Research May Ease Sufferers

Tinnitus Research May Ease Sufferers

Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, has no cure, treatments are not effective, and sadly, plagues many of our returning veterans. New research, however, is shedding light on the mechanisms of tinnitus and paving the way to better treatments. Up until 20 years ago, tinnitus was thought to be located in the ear, but patients […]