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Friday, March 18, 2016
SELF: This time-lapse map shows when Zika could reach your city

Infectious disease specialist Amesh Adalja, MD, has tips for lowering risk of contracting the mosquito-borne virus, which appears to be linked to microcephaly and other brain defects in newborns. Learn More

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Psychology Today: How does anxiety short circuit decison-making?

Anxiety disengages specific neurons in subregions of the prefrontal cortex and can lead to poor choices, according to a study in the Journal of Neuroscience led by Bita Moghaddam, PhD. Learn More

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
NYT Ask Well: Can naps make up for sleep deficits?

Bad idea, says Daniel J. Buysse, MD, UPMC Endowed Chair in Sleep Medicine.  In fact, substituting periodic naps for one consolidated night of sleep creates severe sleep deprivation. Learn More

Friday, March 11, 2016
Post-Gazette: Physical activity maintains brain volume in key areas used for cognition

The more calories burned by participants in the 30-year Cardiovascular Health Study, the more likely that multiple parts of their brains retained gray matter, says neuropsychologist Jim Becker, PhD. Learn More

Thursday, March 10, 2016
OD death rate climbing fast -- especially among white women

"Drug overdoses are the biggest problem facing our nation in terms of years of life lost—more than car crashes, or cancer, or HIV," says study co-author Donald S. Burke, MD.   Learn More

Thursday, March 10, 2016
CELL Perspective on movement: How the brain communicates with the world

Neurobiologist Andy Schwartz, PhD, discusses the experimental and theoretical underpinnings of current models of movement generation and the way they are modulated by external information. Learn More

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Trib Review: Eye study examines cognitive decline in people with diabetes

Retinal markers may provide an early diagnostic tool that could help arrest cognitive impairment when the first signs appear. Learn More

Friday, March 4, 2016
SLATE: Is it time to start reach-training your baby?

A Pitt study suggests that putting Velcro mittens on babies so they can grasp toys earlier leads to more advanced motor skills and longer attention spans by the time they are toddlers. Learn More

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Subclinical atherosclerosis linked with dementia in people over 80

A study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests starting early to prevent calcification in your coronary arteries to stay sharp in old age. Learn More

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Mosquito-borne Zika virus may trigger paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome

A new Lancet study "tells us what I think a lot of people already thought," says Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD, who is probing Zika's possible link with microcephaly. Learn More

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Older adults urged to try mindfulness training for chronic low back pain

A study in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that eight weeks spent learning mind-body meditation can help reduce severe pain in adults over 65, for months after the training is over. Learn More

Sunday, February 28, 2016
MicroPET studies for Alzheimer's are encouraging, but no sure bet

Amyloid imaging expert William E. Klunk, MD, PhD, and radiochemist Chester Mathis, PhD, who co-discovered Pittsburgh Compound B, comment on Swedish research findings. Learn More

Sunday, February 28, 2016
Big Data and autism research

Pitt and Harvard are working together to tease out clues about autism from enormous datasets stored on the cloud. Learn More

Saturday, February 27, 2016
PittMed: On FedExing zebra fish embryos for vision research

Jeffrey Gross, PhD, the new Salvitti Professor of Ophthalmology Research, talks about bridging basic science and clinical studies to advance ocular regenerative medicine. Learn More

Saturday, February 27, 2016
Youth with a bipolar parent and certain symptoms are at high risk themselves

Anxiety with depression, unstable mood and low-level manic behavior, combined with a bipolar parent who was young when diagnosed, add up to a 50-50 future risk, Danella Hafeman, MD, PhD, finds. Learn More

Friday, February 26, 2016
PittMed: Think zinc for brain balance

Zinc is a neurotransmitter in its own right, and appears to play a neuroprotective role, according to findings by Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD, holder of the Auditory Physiology Endowed Chair. Learn More

Thursday, February 25, 2016
PittMed: Using mass spectrometry and proteomics in brain research

With chemist Nathan Yates, PhD, on the team, research into Alzheimer's disease and the auditory hallucinations of schizophrenia speeds up. Learn More

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
First trials of Salk vaccine were exactly 62 years ago

On this day in 1954, children from Arsenal Elementary School  received the first injections of the new polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk. Learn More

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Trib Review: Brazilian-born microbiologist is fighting Zika epidemic at its core

Ernesto Marques, MD, PhD, born in Recife, Brazil, talks about his work on a vaccine.  Recife is the epicenter of an outbreak of Zika virus, tentatively linked to microcephaly in newborns. Learn More

Sunday, February 21, 2016
PittMed launches podcasts that feature brain research

Listen to Sarah Ross, PhD, on the neurobiology of itch, Thanos Tzounopoulos, PhD, on tinnitus, and Jim Funderburgh, PhD, on using stem cells from wisdom teeth to fight corneal blindness. Learn More

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