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The role of the P62 Protein in Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's patients & carers

As more and more people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s becoming increasingly important to find some way to cure or at least slow down its progress. Now, new findings from a study carried out at the Biodesign Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center suggests that the protein, p62, may play a critical role in the development of the disease. The p62 ...

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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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Low-dose Lithium Able to Decrease Involuntary Motor Movements in Parkinson’s Patients

Giving low doses of lithium has been shown to reduce the amount of involuntary motor movements in a mouse model of Parkinson’s disease. Involuntary movements are one of the most troubling side effects of the most common types of medication given to people with Parkinson’s disease. Now scientists have found a way to reduce these movements by administering low-dose lithium. ...

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Could Gout Sufferers have a Reduced Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s?

Could Gout Sufferers have a Reduced Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s

It’s estimated that gout affects over 8.3 million Americans, with sufferers experiencing intense joint pain together with a limited range of motion. However, new research carried out by Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University Medical Center has suggested that being diagnosed with gout could actually help to protect against developing Alzheimer’s disease in the future. 24% lower risk of developing ...

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New Discoveries may Help with the Future of Spinal Problems

Future of Spinal Problems

T he Journal of Clinical Investigation reports that research into human astrocytes may help those suffering from neurodegenerative conditions including ALS, as well as with spinal cord injuries. These discoveries, originating in research conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reveals that these cells may be more important to spinal regeneration than ever before. Astrocytes cells are star-shaped, and appear all ...

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Do Different Types of Extroverts have Different Brain Anatomies?

Different Brain Anatomies

According to psychologists, there are two types of extroverts – “agentic” and “affiliative. Agentics are the energetic go-getters who pursue achievements and leadership, and affiliates are the gregarious people persons who share their affection with others. Now for the first time, research from Brown University has corroborated this theory. By mapping out the differences and similarities of the brain anatomies ...

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How Tetanus is Shedding Light on New Treatments for Motor Neurone Diseases

Motor Neurone Diseases

Scientists are furthering their understanding of the as-yet incurable group of neurodegenerative disorders known as motor neurone diseases (MNDs) by observing how the tetanus neurotoxin virus infects the body’s nerve cells. They have hope that they will discover more effective ways of treating MND symptoms by studying the pathways tetanus uses as possible routes for delivering remedies to the nervous ...

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How Mediation May Help in Preserving Grey Matter

Preserving Grey Matter

World life expectancy has risen considerably since the year 1970. People are now living up to ten years longer today than they did forty five years ago. Another discovery has also been made – that the brains of people in their twenties have begun to wither. The weight and volume of their brains is decreasing, and this can lead to a loss ...

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