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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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Researchers find way to protect nerve cells from Huntington’s disease

Nerve Cells

A group of researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine believe that they’ve found a way to prevent a rogue protein from initiating energy failure inside the nerve cells of people who have Huntington’s disease. An inherited genetic disorder, Huntington’s is caused when the gene that encodes huntingtin protein becomes mutated. This in turn has a detrimental effect ...

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Designer protein created which may offer new hope for finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s


Scientists from the University of Sussex have designed a new protein which may give us a better understanding of why nerve cells die in people with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s already known that people with Alzheimer’s disease have an accumulation of sticky amyloid beta proteins which clump together to form fibrils within the brain. It’s this build-up that causes the brain ...

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Transplanted nerve cells still functioning after 24 years

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Back in the late 1980’s and throughout the 1990’s scientists from Sweden’s Lund University experimented with ways to transplant new dopamine producing nerve cells into the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease. Following the transplant some patients exhibited significant improvements in their symptoms, while others found only moderate relief of their symptoms or none at all. Now, twenty four years ...

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Could An Anti-Cancer Drug Reduce The Risk of Alzheimer’s?


An international team of researchers from the University of Cambridge, Lund University and the University of Groningen have discovered a neurostatin which they believe could lessen the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The drug, which targets the earliest stage in the reaction that leads to the death of cells in the brain, works in a comparable way to the statins ...

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How Transparent Roundworms Have Furthered Our Understanding of Nerve Degeneration


Researchers at the University of Queensland have learned more about how nerve cells are destroyed. By using transparent roundworms, they’ve discovered two proteins which they believe have a big role to play in the degeneration of axons in nerve cells. Furthermore, they found that it’s the long, thread like sections of the nerve cells, known as axons, that are the ...

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Memory Impairment in Alzheimer’s Caused By a Reduction of Activity in Brain Proteins

Brain proteins

Research carried out by scientists at the University of Haifa has shed new light on the activity of the brain proteins that are associated with memory impairments in Alzheimer’s diseases. The study, which was published in the Journal of Neuroscience, also suggests that it is possible to ‘repair’ this activity and thus improve the memory of people with the disease. ...

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Scientists Discover a New Molecular Mechanism That Causes the Loss of Synapses in the Brain


Even before Alzheimer’s sufferers show symptoms of the disease, changes are taking place in their brain, and while scientists are yet to find the causes of this disease, they’ve recently discovered more about how the synapses are lost in the early stages. This recent study was conducted by scientists at the University of New South Wales in Australia, with their ...

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Implantable Wireless Devices Could Have The Potential to Offer Relief From Pain


Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Illinois have joined forces to investigate the use of wireless technology for activating and blocking pain signals in both the body and spinal cord. Using previous research as the basis for their study, they have been able to develop implantable devices that can activate the pain ...

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Could A Soft Helmet Help To Diagnose And Treat Depression And Strokes?

Brain Waves

A company based in Barcelona has developed a soft helmet which can examine brainwaves in order to diagnose and treat various conditions, including depression and strokes. This cloth cap, which has been produced by Neuroelectrics looks like a cross between a Soviet cosmonaut’s headgear and a swimmer’s cap, but features a network of wires powered by an electronic pack, which ...

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