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Researchers to undertake new study to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s

A group of researchers, led by scientists from the prestigious Oxford University, are about to undertake a new study that aims to identify novel biomarkers for the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The ‘Deep and Frequent Phenotyping Study’, which has received funds of £6.9 million from both the National Institute of Health Research and the Medical Research Council, will comprise ...

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Vocational rehabilitation – getting clients into or back to work

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“Understanding our clients’ abilities is imperative to supporting them back into the work environment.” Denise Slack gives an introduction to vocational rehabilitation in this short video. Vocational rehab (VR) encompasses interventions that are focused on helping individuals with a health condition or impairment to overcome barriers to work and so remain in, access or return to employment. Provided by our ...

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Stem cell therapy successful in treating mouse brain injury

Stem Cell

Scientists from USC have reported that they’ve developed a new method for re-establishing brain cells that have been destroyed by stroke or other neurological diseases. Furthermore, the new technique may also help to increase the production of neurons in mice following stroke. While so far there’s been no way to help an injured brain to repair itself through the creation ...

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Could calcium supplements increase dementia risk in some women?

Calcium Supplements

Women have long been advised to increase their intake of calcium to reduce their chances of osteoporosis in later life. However now it seems that these supplements could be associated with an increased risk of developing dementia if you’ve already had a stroke or have signs of cerebrovascular disease. Cerebrovascular disease and stroke are one of the leading causes of ...

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How the Zika virus may affect adult brain cells

Brain Cells

Unless you’ve been avoiding all news programmes lately, you’ll be well aware of the concern generated over the spread of the Zika virus. However, while most of the news has concentrated on the effects it has on the unborn child, very little has been released about how it may affect the adult brain. Now a new study by scientists from ...

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Scientists aim to find out more about how the brain develops

Brain

While scientists have learned much about the workings of our brain, there’s still a lot that needs to be discovered. Thanks to $14 million worth of funding from the National Institutes of Health in America, it seems that we’re set to learn more, as a team of Harvard researchers from Harvard embark on a new study to examine how our ...

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Researchers reveal role of specific gene in Huntingdon’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

Gene

Researchers from the Mount Sinai Hospital have uncovered a defect in the process that controls the expression of the gene which they believe may have a part to play in the development of Huntingdon’s disease. Protein complexes play an important role in this process; some silence genes, while others activate them. The protein complex, known as PRC2 for short, has ...

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Anti-inflammatory drug reverses memory loss in mouse models of Alzheimer’s

Memories Lost

A new research project carried out by a team from Manchester University has suggested that a widely used anti-inflammatory drug has the ability to completely reverse memory loss and brain inflammation in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. The drug, mefenamic acid, is routinely used to alleviate period pain. Memory loss reversed to levels usually seen in normal mice To carry ...

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Brain-machine interface allow paraplegics to regain some feeling

Paraplegic

After training with brain-controlled robotics, eight paraplegics have been able to regain partial sensation and muscle control in their legs. Using a brain-machine interface, they were able to use their own brain power to simulate full control of their lower limbs; a result which offers hope for others who suffer from spinal cord injuries. The study, which was part of ...

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How the brain activity of Parkinson’s patients changes over time

Neuron Activity

Researchers have found a way to track neural changes which could help them to develop new therapies to slow down the progression of Parkinson’s disease. By peering into the brains of people with the disease and other similar conditions, the team from the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida were able to observe how the neural responses of ...

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