Treating Alzheimer’s disease: A New Chemical Approach

From the University of Liverpool and Callaghan Innovation in New Zealand comes a study that local scientists have been developing; a new kind of chemical approach that will harness the natural ability of complex sugars in the treatment Alzheimer’s disease.   The team of scientists produced a new library of sugars called heparan sulphates, which […]

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Alzheimer’s disease: Molecular Chain Reaction Found?

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden headed by Professor Singerup Linse and Erik Helistrand have recently identified a molecular mechanism behind the crucial step in Alzheimer’s that leads to the death of brain cells.   The neurological disease is associated, as a general statement, with memory loss and changes in personality.  The research at Lund […]

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Children of Long-lived Parents: Less Risk of Cancer?

  A recently completed study at the University of Exeter showed that people with long-lived parents had a twenty-four percent decreased chance of getting cancer.  The parameters of ‘long-lived’ defined as mothers who lived past ninety-one years and fathers who lived past eighty-seven years. A side study posted from the National Institute for Health and […]

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Alzheimer’s in Mice: Drug-reversible?

Within the journal Science, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health scientists confirm that a study performed on mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease had significantly improved brain function and memory capabilities after being treated with an anti-cancer drug. The cancer drug, known as bexarotene, has previously been studied and used for the treatment cutaneous […]

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Triumphs in Genetic Sequencing of Human Diseases

  At Queen Mary University in London, researchers have conducted the largest study of genetic sequencing of human diseases known to date, identifying the genetic basis of six different diseases: autoimmune thyroid disease, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and type 1 diabetes. According to the study, though the exact causes of these diseases […]

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Linked: Can Skin Cancer Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s disease?

A study published in the May 2013 online issue of Neurology follows researchers in Minneapolis who performed a study where 1,102 participants, of an averaged an age of 79, were followed for the span of 3.7 years and tested to see if ever they developed dementia. At the start of the study, 109 of the […]

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A Promising New Alzheimer’s Drug Stops Memory Loss

According to Northwestern Medicine Research, new experimental molecules have great promise in targeting enzymes in the brain that prevent memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease.  Developed in D. Martin Watterson’s laboratory, the molecules halted memory loss and were able to fix damaged communication between brain cells in mice. Researchers identified and targeted a key enzyme: a […]

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Antibodies Effectively Treat Alzheimer’s-like Disease

Drs. David Holtzman and Mac Diamond of the Washington University School of Medicine recently published research in Neuron that outlined the process of studying mice for potential tau protein tangle treatment avenues. Tau is a toxic component of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, due to the protein’s tendency to amass in tangles.  The aggregates, called […]

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Stem Cells Used to Grow New Neurons, Brain Repair Circuit Identified

Researchers at Duke University have identified a new type of neuron within the adult brain capable of directing stem cells to make new neurons. The experiments are preliminary, but the hope is that the brain one day could be healing itself from within. Chay Kuo, M.D, Ph.D., an assistant professor of cell biology, neurobiology, and […]

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The Effects of Parkinson’s disease Mutations Reversed within Cells

A recent study from University of California, San Francisco scientists found that a chemical in anti-wrinkle cream could effectively prevent the death of nerve cells that had been damaged by mutations which cause an inherited form of Parkinson’s disease. According to the study’s senior scientist, UCSF chemist Kevan Shokat, PhD; the study targeted an enzyme […]

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