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Scientists identify a role for main Parkinson’s gene in the brain.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a long-term neurodegenerative disorder of the central nervous system whose symptoms generally come on slowly over time, mainly affecting the motor system.  The most common genetic … Continue Reading Scientists identify a role for main Parkinson’s gene in the brain.

Study shows that structure of toxic tau aggregates determines type of dementia, and rate of progression.

Recent efforts to develop a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias have focused heavily on removing toxic tau proteins from the brain.  The tau protein is known to bind … Continue Reading Study shows that structure of toxic tau aggregates determines type of dementia, and rate of progression.

Researchers identify the key instigator of neuron damage in sporadic and inherited ALS.

The onset of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is marked by the gradual degradation and eventual death of neuronal axons, the slender projections on nerve cells which transmit … Continue Reading Researchers identify the key instigator of neuron damage in sporadic and inherited ALS.

Study shows that vesicles appear to also contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterized by cognitive decline, alteration of synaptic transmission, and neuronal death brought on by accumulation of neurofibrillary tangles in neurons and amyloid beta in the brain.  … Continue Reading Study shows that vesicles appear to also contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

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.

New blood test detects early Alzheimer’s in large-scale study with unprecedented sensitivity.

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating and progressive neurodegenerative disease affecting approximately 5.3 million people in the United States, including almost half of the population at 85 years and older.  Microscopic hallmarks … Continue Reading New blood test detects early Alzheimer’s in large-scale study with unprecedented sensitivity.

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