NYU Physician: Fall 2014

NYU Physician: Fall 2014

A Fresh Start: Fecal microbiota transplants are helping desperately ill patients infected with C. difficile reclaim their lives.

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  • A Fresh Start: Fecal microbiota transplants are helping desperately ill patients infected with C. difficile reclaim their lives.
  • Ketamine: A Rapid Antidote to Major Depression?: A clinical trial is asking whether a drug widely used as an anesthetic, and widely abused in clubs, can revolutionize the treatment of major depressive disorder.
  • Nanometers from Death: A cardiology researcher and a geneticist, who are husband and wife, seek to understand why the heart can suddenly stop beating in young people in the prime of their lives.
  • An Ancient Mystery: Some say it’s needed to consolidate memories or to clear out metabolic waste, but nobody really knows why we sleep. Now, neuroscientists are probing that mystery in an unlikely creature, the fruit fly.

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