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Researchers identify a new form of autism.

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) affect around 1% of the world’s population and are characterized by a range of difficulties in social interaction and communication.  There are many different genetic mutations … Continue Reading Researchers identify a new form of autism.

Immune cells identified as the culprit linking hypertension and dementia.

Hypertension is a leading risk factor for dementia, however, the mechanisms underlying its damaging effects on the brain are poorly understood.  Now, a study from researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine … Continue Reading Immune cells identified as the culprit linking hypertension and dementia.

Researchers elevate brain protein to allay symptoms of Alzheimer’s in animal model.

Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by the degeneration of neurons in the hippocampus and cortex, and the appearance of neuritic plaques and neurofibrillary tangles.  Although the precise cause of Alzheimer’s disease remains … Continue Reading Researchers elevate brain protein to allay symptoms of Alzheimer’s in animal model.

Researchers derive first ever molecular model of critical blood-brain barrier transporter.

Presently, there are limitations to drug delivery to the brain as it is tightly protected by the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier is a protective barrier which separates the circulating … Continue Reading Researchers derive first ever molecular model of critical blood-brain barrier transporter.

New technique bypasses the blood-brain barrier to deliver neuroprotection.

The blood-brain barrier represents a fundamental limitation in treating neurological disease because it prevents all neuropeptides from reaching the central nervous system (CNS). Currently, there is no efficient method to … Continue Reading New technique bypasses the blood-brain barrier to deliver neuroprotection.

Researchers identify how the blood-brain barrier is maintained to control ‘tight junction’ function.

It has long been known that the brain is protected from alterations elsewhere in the body by a highly regulated gateway known as the blood-brain barrier, which allows only selected … Continue Reading Researchers identify how the blood-brain barrier is maintained to control ‘tight junction’ function.

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