Hematopoietic stem cell transplants may provide long-term benefit for people with MS

MINNEAPOLIS – A new study shows that intense immunosuppression followed by a hematopoietic stem cell transplant may prevent disability associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) from getting worse in 71% of people with relapsing-remitting MS for up to 10 years after the treatment. The research is published in the January 20, 2021, online issue of Neurology®, […]

Even after long-term exposure, bionic touch does not remap the brain — ScienceDaily

Advances in neuroscience and engineering have generated great hope for Luke Skywalker-like prosthetics: robotic devices that are almost indistinguishable from a human limb. Key to solving this challenge is designing devices that not only can be operated with a user’s own neural activity, but can also accurately and precisely receive and relay sensory information to […]

Long-Term Drought Harms Mental Health in Rural Communities

Public health experts increasingly recognize that adverse weather and climate conditions can have negative impacts on people’s mental health as well as physical health. Many national and international organizations, for example, have established or expanded postdisaster services to include mental health assistance and support. However, little is understood about how mental health is […]

Persistence of Zika virus in the brain causes long-term problems in mice — ScienceDaily

The Zika virus can remain in mouse brain for extended periods, leading to long-term neurological and behavioral consequences, according to a study published December 10 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Daniela Verthelyi of the US Food and Drug Administration, and colleagues. Infections in the perinatal period are associated with lasting cognitive impairment and […]

Is there long-term immunity for SARS-CoV-2?

SARS-CoV-2 antibodies provide lasting immunity, say UArizona Health Sciences researchers. SEM image of SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Image credit: NIH/NIAID The question of how long antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 last has been on our minds since the beginning of the pandemic. The answer is inextricably linked […]

Long-term data show a recent acceleration in chemical and physical changes in the ocean — ScienceDaily

New research published in Nature Communications Earth & Environment uses data from two sustained open-ocean hydrographic stations in the North Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda to demonstrate recent changes in ocean physics and chemistry since the 1980s. The study shows decadal variability and recent acceleration of surface warming, salinification, deoxygenation, and changes in carbon dioxide (CO2)-carbonate […]