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Stories by R. Douglas Fields

Genius across Cultures and the "Google Brain"

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with other scientists—along with famed director Julie Taymor and legendary composer Philip Glass—to wrestle with the riddle of genius.

August 20, 2011 — R. Douglas Fields

The Hidden Brain

Flashy neurons may get the attention, but a class of cells called glia are behind most of the brain's work—and many of its diseases

June 8, 2011 — R. Douglas Fields

Curing Paralysis--Again

An article by Rob Stein on the front page of today’s  Washington Post (May 20, 2011) announces a stunning breakthrough treatment for paralysis that has transformed the life of a man who was paralyzed in a car accident.  The successful experimental treatment involves electrical stimulation of his damaged spinal cord through implanted electrodes.  Scientists are still not exactly sure how it works, but it does.  For one individual reading this article, this breakthrough was very old news—more than 27 years old.  In the early 1980’s a researcher had performed similar experiments on rats...

May 20, 2011 — R. Douglas Fields

A pill to remember

It has happened to everyone. You can’t recall a name or you forget your credit card PIN number. Rather than waiting two weeks for a new one to arrive in the mail, wouldn’t it be great if there were a pill you could swallow to pop that lost memory back into your head?...

March 4, 2011 — R. Douglas Fields

Glia: The new frontier in brain science

The current issue of the journal Science (November 5) marks a turning point in research on the brain. This event is fascinating not only for the wealth of new information about how the brain functions and how it fails in mental and neurological illness, but equally as a rare display of a field of science changing course...

November 4, 2010 — R. Douglas Fields

Left-sided Cancer: Blame your bed and TV?

Curiously, the cancer rate is 10 percent higher in the left breast than in the right. This left-side bias holds true for both men and women and it also applies to the skin cancer melanoma...

July 2, 2010 — R. Douglas Fields
New Culprits in Chronic Pain

New Culprits in Chronic Pain

Glia are nervous system caretakers whose nurturing can go too far. Taming them holds promise for alleviating pain that current medications cannot ease

November 11, 2009 — R. Douglas Fields
Call Me Sleepless

Call Me Sleepless

Using a mobile phone just before bed may cause insomnia

July 1, 2008 — R. Douglas Fields

White Matter Matters

Although scientists have long regarded the brain's white matter as passive infrastructure, new work shows that it actively affects learning and mental illness

February 18, 2008 — R. Douglas Fields

The Spaces Between

Cells get all the glory, but the spaces surrounding them are important, too

October 3, 2007 — R. Douglas Fields
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