Innovative Study Utilizing Video Games Shows Sleep Apnea May Affect Memory of Everyday Events

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center conclude people took longer to complete a 3D maze when sleep apnea disrupted the REM stage of sleep. The study, published online in Journal of Neuroscience, demonstrates through the playing of a specific video game that disruption of REM sleep as a consequence of sleep apnea impairs spatial memory in humans even when other sleep stages are intact. The research was led by Andrew Varga, MD, PhD, clinical instructor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at NYU Langone and an attending physician in NYU’s Sleep Disorders Center. Read more...


New Study Demonstrates Advances in Creating Treatment for Common Childhood Blood Cancer

NYULMC researchers and elsewhere say that blocking the action of an enzyme “switch” needed to activate tumor growth is emerging as a practical strategy for treating T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In a study led by senior investigator and cancer biologist Iannis Aifantis, PhD, published in the Oct. 23 edition of Nature, the NYULMC team concludes that the enzyme JMJD3 acts as a cancer “on” switch by splitting off a chemical methyl group of another protein that is usually methylated by a tumor-suppressing enzyme. Read more...