Can lithium halt progression of Alzheimer’s disease?
January 25, 2020
In a new study, a team of researchers has shown that, when given in a formulation that facilitates passage to the brain, lithium in doses up to 400 times lower than what is currently being prescribed for mood disorders is capable of both halting signs of advanced Alzheimer's pathology and of recover...
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Living near major roads linked to risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS
January 23, 2020
Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research.
West Nile virus triggers brain inflammation by inhibiting protein degradation
January 23, 2020
West Nile virus (WNV) inhibits autophagy -- an essential system that digests or removes cellular constituents such as proteins -- to induce the aggregation of proteins in infected cells, triggering cell death and brain inflammation (encephalitis), according to researchers....
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Unexpected connection between gliomas, neurodegenerative diseases
January 23, 2020
New basic science and clinical research identifies TAU, the same protein studied in the development of Alzheimer's, as a biomarker for glioma development.
Possible Alzheimer’s breakthrough suggested
January 22, 2020
Researchers say they have identified a previously unknown gene and associated protein (which they have named 'aggregatin') which could potentially be suppressed to slow the advance of Alzheimer's disease.
New tool for investigating brain cells, Parkinson’s, and more
January 22, 2020
Researchers have created a new chemical tool for revealing how specific types of brain cell receptors function in the brain. It's an important step forward for studying Alzheimer's, epilepsy, stroke, and even Parkinson's disease.
Brain blood flow sensor discovery could aid treatments for high blood pressure and dementia
January 14, 2020
Scientists have discovered the mechanism that allows the brain to monitor its own blood supply, a finding in rats which may help to find new treatments for human conditions including hypertension (high blood pressure) and dementia.
Speech-disrupting brain disease reflects patients’ native tongue
January 10, 2020
English and Italian speakers with dementia-related language impairment experience distinct kinds of speech and reading difficulties based on features of their native languages, according to new research by scientists at the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center and colleagues at the Neuroimaging ...
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Losing a night of sleep may increase blood levels of Alzheimer’s biomarker
January 8, 2020
A preliminary study has found that when young, healthy men were deprived of just one night of sleep, they had higher levels of tau -- a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease -- in their blood than when they had a full, uninterrupted night of rest.
Neurons’ energy organelle protected from damage linked to ALS, Alzheimer’s
January 8, 2020
Mitochondrial damage is increasingly recognized as a key factor underlying neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and ALS. A new screening platform has identified a set of drug-like compounds that may protect them.
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