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New treatment strategy for Parkinson’s


A group of researchers from John Hopkins have reported that they’ve identified a protein that enables toxins to spread between the brain cells of mammals, and that they’ve also found a way to block the action of the protein by using a drug that’s currently being tested in clinical trials as a potential therapy for cancer. This discovery gives hope ...

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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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Early detection test for Parkinson’s?

Brain Cells

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh have a made a breakthrough which could lead to the development of an early detection test for Parkinson’s disease. By developing a new method for detecting a specific molecule that’s linked to the disease from a small sample of spinal fluid, the team have moved one step closer to helping improve the diagnosis 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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Scientists identify gene signature in the area of the brain susceptible to Alzheimer’s


Scientists from the prestigious Cambridge University have identified a specific signature of a collection of genes in the area of the brain that’s most susceptible to Alzheimer’s. This signature mimics the way in which the disease spreads through the brain as individuals age, and gives hope that we’ll be able to discover more about the molecular origins of Alzheimer’s. It’s also hoped that this ...

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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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Difficulties in decision making may be a contributing factor to motor symptoms in Parkinson’s


Researchers from UCLA have reported that some people with Parkinson’s may have a form of impaired decision making, and that this may be contributing to the movement problems associated with the disease. Motor problems are a major symptom that characterise Parkinson’s disease. Now a group of researchers from UCLA have found that these symptoms may arise as a result of ...

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REM sleep important for creating memories – in mice


While some scientists have always suspected that we form our memories during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, until now there hasn’t been any direct proof. However a team of researchers from McGill University have recently carried out a study which has shown that REM sleep, the part of sleep when we’re most likely to dream, is important for creating memories ...

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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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