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New Studies Illuminate Brain Disorders

Joan Stephenson, PhD
JAMA. 1999;281(6):499-501. doi:10.1001/jama.281.6.499.
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LOS ANGELES—The Society of Neuroscience's annual meeting offers a scientific smorgasbord of new research findings about the brain and nervous system. The most recent meeting was no exception, with reports on areas ranging from the etiology of narcolepsy through the potential of nicotinelike drugs to enhance memory to a possible link between an infectious agent and Alzheimer disease (AD).

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William C. Dement, MD, PhD, director of the Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Center at Stanford University Medical Center, cradles one of the participants in the center's narcolepsy research. The narcoleptic dog model, developed at Stanford, is a key tool in research on the neurological disorder that affects about 250,000 people in this country. (Photo credit: Sleep Disorders Clinic and Research Center, Stanford University Medical Center)

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