Technology

Speeding up genetic diagnosis of Huntington's disease
January 10, 2019
People with Huntington's disease suffer from jerky body movements and decreasing mental abilities. The condition usually leads to death 15-20 years after diagnosis. The cause of the disease is a region in the Huntingtin gene that is longer than in healthy people. The mutation causes the destructi...
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A new hope in treating neurodegenerative disease
January 4, 2019
A research team led by Professor Sung Bae Lee of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Professor Daehee Hwang of New Biology (Vice-head of the Plant Age and Life Research Group, IBS) has identified the early neuropathology mechanism of structural characteristics of polyglutamine toxic protein on neuro...
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How neurons could disconnect from each other in Huntington's disease
December 25, 2018
A hallmark of neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington's is the progressive death of nerve cells in the brain. The cells don't die quickly, though. They first start to disconnect from each other because their neurites -- long finger-like extensions that make connections all through the brain --...
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High-tech epilepsy warning device could save lives
December 25, 2018
Scientists have developed a high-tech bracelet called the Nightwatch, which detects 85 percent of all severe nighttime epilepsy seizures — a much higher percentage than similar devices on the market today.
Smartwatches are gaining pop...
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The brain's support cells show defective development in Huntington's disease
December 21, 2018
The neurological disorder Huntington's disease causes behavioural and motor changes, which among other things are a result of dysfunctional maturation or formation of glial cells, the brain's support cells, researchers from the University of Copenhagen demonstrate in a new study based on mice tri...
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This form of brain training may help treat severe schizophrenia
December 9, 2018
New research has revealed that targeted cognitive training can successfully reduce cognitive impairment in treatment-resistant schizophrenia.
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Detecting schizophrenia before symptoms arise
November 9, 2018
Early diagnosis is key to the effective treatment of schizophrenia. In a recent study, scientists probed neural activity in the hunt for rogue connectivity. Their findings may help clinicians catch schizophrenia before the first psychotic episode....
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Pioneering Care for People with Down Syndrome
November 8, 2018


As one of the lead authors of the Medical Care Guidelines for Adults with Down Syndrome, George T. Capone, M.D., is continuing his life’s work of improving evidence-based medical care for...
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New study offers hope for patients suffering from a rare form of blindness
November 1, 2018
A new form of therapy may halt or even reverse a form of progressive vision loss that, until now, has inevitably led to blindness. This hyper-targeted approach offers hope to individuals living with spinocerebellar ataxia type 7 (SCA7) and validates a new form of therapy with the potential to tre...
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Pregnant women recognize baby expressions differently depending on mental health history
October 8, 2018
A pilot study has found that pregnant women who have suffered from depression or bipolar disorder (i.e. both mania and depression) recognise babies' faces and how babies laugh or cry, differently to healthy controls. This happens even if they are not currently experiencing depressive or manic sym...
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