Genes affecting brains and brawn?
June 24, 2020
Genes located in 'copy number variants' (CNVs) -- parts of chromosomes that are missing in some individuals and duplicated in others -- that are associated with neurodevelopmental disorders affect more than just brain development, according to new research....
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A shorter IQ test for children with special needs
June 24, 2020
For decades, neuropsychologists have used the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children test as the gold-standard intelligence quotient (IQ) test to determine the intellectual abilities of children with special needs. However, this comprehensive test can take up to 2 hours to complete, and many child...
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Medicinal cannabis may reduce behavioral problems in kids with intellectual disabilities
June 24, 2020
Cannabidiol, a type of medicinal cannabis, may reduce severe behavioral problems in children and adolescents with an intellectual disability a new study has found.
Scientists uncover new genetic mutations linked to autism spectrum disorder
June 24, 2020
Scientists have identified mutations in a gene called CNOT1 that affect brain development and impair memory and learning. The research also revealed that CNOT1 interacts with several known autism spectrum disorder (ASD) genes, opening new research avenues for the condition....
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Inflammatory bowel disease linked to doubling in dementia risk
June 23, 2020
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, is linked to a more than doubling in the risk of developing dementia, finds new research.
Alzheimer’s: New gene may drive earliest brain changes
June 22, 2020
A newly discovered Alzheimer's gene appears to drive the first appearance of amyloid plaque in the brain, and could lead to new therapies that prevent the disease from developing.
Better measure of ‘good cholesterol’ can gauge heart attack and stroke risk in some populations
June 22, 2020
For decades, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol has been dubbed 'good cholesterol' because of its role in moving fats and other cholesterol molecules out of artery walls. People with higher HDL cholesterol levels tend to have lower rates of cardiovascular disease, studies have shown....
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Memory impairment in mice reduced by soy derivate that can enter the brain intact
June 19, 2020
Researchers have found that a soy-derived protein fragment that reaches the brain after being ingested reduces memory degradation in mice with an induced cognitive impairment, providing a new lead for the development of functional foods that help prevent mental decline....
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New insights into Alzheimer’s disease
June 17, 2020
Researchers looking at mouse models found impaired functional interactions between the hippocampus and the parietal cortex during the memory replay period, which may yield new insights into Alzheimer's Disease.
New nanoparticle drug combination for atherosclerosis
June 17, 2020
Physicochemical cargo-switching nanoparticles (CSNP) can help significantly reduce cholesterol and macrophage foam cells in arteries, which are the two main triggers for atherosclerotic plaque and inflammation.
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