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Multiple Sclerosis drug could help reverse some of the associated physical disability


While MS drugs are known to slow down the progress of the physical disabilities associated with MS, little is known about their ability to restore some of the functionality lost due to the disease. Now new research carried out by scientists at Queen Mary University of London has suggested that alemtuzumab, a drug that’s used to treat multiple sclerosis, has the ability to ...

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Link identified between common prostate cancer treatment and dementia


A retrospective study carried out by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine together with a team from the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman has identified a link between a common form of treatment for prostate cancer and the development of dementia in later life. Their findings show that prostate cancer patients who receive drugs that lower testosterone levels ...

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Scientists discover the root of Parkinson’s disease


The latest research by scientists from VIB-KU Leuven in Belgium has led to the discovery that a faulty stress-coping mechanism in the brain could be the root cause of Parkinson’s disease. The team, led by Professor Patrik Verstreken, a specialist in brain research, found that the genetic mutations at the root of Parkinson’s can reduce the ability of the synapses to cope with ...

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New mouse study shows that Alzheimer’s disease could be treated with gene therapy


Researchers from London’s Imperial College have successfully used gene therapy to prevent the development of Alzheimer’s in mice. The success of the gene therapy, which was delivered into the mouse brain via a virus, opens up the possibility of finding new treatments for the disease. From previous research, the team had already identified a specific gene, PGC1-alpha, which they believed had the potential ...

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Could a new online game help us to fight Alzheimer’s disease?


Scientists from UC Berkeley have developed a new online game which enables the general public to contribute directly to research on Alzheimer’s disease. By participating in the game, called Stall Catchers, the public will be helping the Berkeley researchers to find a cure for the disease. Participants are invited to watch movies of mouse brains Developed as a joint project by the ...

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New treatment strategy for Parkinson’s


A group of researchers from John Hopkins have reported that they’ve identified a protein that enables toxins to spread between the brain cells of mammals, and that they’ve also found a way to block the action of the protein by using a drug that’s currently being tested in clinical trials as a potential therapy for cancer. This discovery gives hope ...

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Could caffeine reduce the chance of women developing dementia?


If you’re a woman who loves to indulge in a daily cup of coffee or you can’t get through the day without several cups of tea, you’ll be pleased to know that a recent study carried out by a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has found an association between higher intakes of caffeine and a reduced risk ...

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How our ability to process speech declines as we age

Old Lady

A new study carried out by researchers from the University of Maryland and reported by the American Psychological Society, has found that we lose our ability to track and understand speech as we age. Furthermore, the researchers think that they’ve found some of the reasons why the brains of older adults find it difficult to process speech whether they’re in ...

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Study discovers how nerve cells are regenerated

Nerve Cells

Scientists already know that it’s possible for damaged axons within the nerve cells to be restored, however they’ve never really understood how this happens. Now a study carried out by a team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been able to shed more light on the process. Axons are the long fibres found on neurons whose role is to ...

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Online advice for preventing Alzheimer’s could be steering you in the wrong direction


Do you turn to the internet when you need advice on a medical condition? If so, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that over 80% of us go online when we want information or advice, with almost half of older adults turning to the internet for advice about medical matters. However, new research carried out by University of British Columbia in Vancouver has ...

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