Tag: Health



Treating Pain Without Opioids

When you take an opioid pill for that painful back, your entire central nervous system mellows. Many people become addicted to that feeling or suffer other side effects. To help blunt the opioid crisis and help millions of pain sufferers, Nebraska biologist Paul Blum and his team created a drug that targets pain at its […]

Curbing Rural Drug Abuse

As the opioid crisis continues to plow through the Midwest, devastating rural communities, Nebraska sociologist Kirk Dombrowski has emerged as a leading researcher in rural drug use. Because previous drug epidemics – ‘70s speedballs, ‘80s cocaine and ‘90s crack – were urban phenomena, research and treatment have concentrated on urban drug addicts. Dombrowski’s focus on […]

Aging Brains Look on Bright Side

Even as your knees get creakier and your hair grays, chances are you’re putting an increasingly positive spin on life. Nebraska’s Maital Neta, assistant professor of psychology, aims to understand why people interpret ambiguous everyday events (are they whispering about me?) more favorably as they age. Her research could one day help inform treatment options […]

Enhancing Nonviral Gene Therapy

Most gene therapies, a long-sought method for treating numerous medical conditions, have yet to achieve both safety and effectiveness. Nebraska biomedical engineer Angela Pannier’s novel research is finding ways to overcome the technique’s significant hurdles. For her achievements, Pannier received a 2017 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award, an honor that supports exceptionally […]