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Why carrying a little extra fat may help protect against neurodegenerative diseases

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While we may be well aware that carrying a little extra fat may not be good for our health, we rarely hear of any positive benefits. Now researchers from University of California, Berkeley are suggesting that having a little extra padding may help to protect us from developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. So far, the findings have ...

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Why shark fin soup may soon be off the menu


Researchers from the University of Miami have discovered a high concentration of neurotoxins that can be linked to Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases in 10 species of shark. As a result of their findings, the team have suggested that a restriction on the consumption of shark and products made from shark fins is likely to have positive health benefits for ...

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


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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Could a single gene protect us from neurodegenerative diseases?


It’s already known that protein ‘clumps’ can cause a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s, but now researchers believe that they’ve identified how our cells protect themselves from these clumps. The study, carried out by a team from the University of Glasgow in collaboration with University of Dundee, involved compressing neurons inside a 3-D culture while continuously monitoring ...

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How taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids could help protect cognitive function

Scientists now believe that it’s possible to prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by supplementing our diets with natural omega-3 fatty acids. While we’re well aware that changes in our memory and cognitive function happen as a normal part of the aging process, these changes happen faster in people who have neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, so far researchers ...

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Cutting The Calories May Help To Protect You Against Parkinson’s Disease

Cutting The Calories

Researchers already know that reducing the amount of calories we consume can go some way to protecting us against developing neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, but why this should be the case has so far proved to be a mystery. However, thanks to a recent study by a group of researchers from Monash University Biomedicine Discovery Institute, we’ve now ...

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Could Drinking More Coffee Lower Your Risk of Multiple Sclerosis?


Scientists believe that they’ve found a link between drinking approximately six cups of coffee per day and a reduced risk of Multiple Sclerosis, and that this link may be due to the neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties of caffeine. As a central nervous system stimulant, caffeine has the ability to suppress the production of the chemicals involved in the inflammatory response. ...

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Lactate Protects Neurons From Trauma Damage


When we exercise our muscles produce lactate, a waste product of glucose metabolism, in both the muscles and the brain. A team of researchers from EFPL in Switzerland and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology has found that lactate is able to protect neurons from damage when they’ve suffered acute trauma, such as stroke or injury to the ...

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Scientists link a toxic compound found in Guam with an increased risk of neurological diseases


Scientists have discovered a link between a toxin present in some soils and lakes on the Pacific Island of Guam and an increased risk of neurodegenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s. The study suggested that exposure to certain environmental toxins may play a part in the growth of beta-amyloid plaques and tau tangles, both of which are associated with Alzheimer’s, and some ...

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