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Scientific American speaks with the scientist behind an innovation that will enable a paralyzed person to walk and “feel” it
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The function of the leading genetic risk factor for the disease remains mostly unknown but that is set to change
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Stem cell therapy is emerging as a promising treatment for Parkinson's disease
The White House supports new funding for youth-focused head injury research
Research suggests it’s a disease of the central nervous system
Experiments stop mice from “excessive grooming”
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How medicine, sports and society are trying to heal and protect the brains of millions amidst the growing awareness of the long-lasting effects of traumatic head injury
New data suggests blows to the head are on the rise among U.S. adults and kids, but definitive diagnosis remains elusive
A growing population of elderly people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia in China threatens to overwhelm the country’s social support systems
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