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A new discovery may hold the key to future ALS treatment

A new discovery may hold the key to future ALS treatment

Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have been successful in identifying the structure of the neuronal protein clumps associated with ALS, which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Their research, which was published online, has given the scientific community the evidence it needs to conclude that these toxic clumps play a significant part in the ...

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Could a Drug That is Used to Treat Cancer Reverse the Effects of Parkinson’s with Dementia?

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A pilot study using a drug that already has approval for treating cancer appears to have had a dramatic effect on the symptoms suffered by people with Parkinson’s disease with dementia, and a related condition called Lewy body dementia. During the 6-month pilot at Georgetown University Medical Center, 12 patients were given nilotinib, a drug normally used to treat leukaemia. ...

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Researchers Develop a Computer System That Can Predict The Effects of Brain Disease

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IT researchers at MIT are developing a computer system that will be able to predict the effects of brain disease on the anatomy of the brain. By using genetic, demographic and clinical data from patients with neurodegenerative diseases, the computer has been programmed to predict the development of brain diseases and disorder with more accuracy than just using data from ...

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Scientists Gain New Insights Into Why We Develop Parkinson’s Disease

Scientists at the Medical College of Georgia have made a new discovery which may further our understanding of how diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease develop. This latest research has indicated that two proteins which help cells to deal with unwanted substances need to work in conjunction in order to do their job. If this connection doesn’t happen, it appears to ...

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Researchers Discover The Secrets Of Protein Kinase C

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Scientists at the San Diego School of Medicine have published a new study in Cell Reports which reveals a more accurate structure of the protein Kinase C (PKC), a family of enzymes that is known to control the activity of other proteins in the cells. As a result of this work, the researchers have been able to provide new drug ...

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Scientists Find a Way to Synthesize a Compound Which Could Help People With Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Scientists have found a way to produce a synthesized compound which may be able to protect the brain. Following work carried out at The Scripps Research Institute in Florida, the research team were able to make a synthesized version of jiadifenolide, a molecule which is derived from plants. Since its discovery in 2009, chemists have been trying to find a ...

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