Brain Disease

Dallas News: 5 ways to keep your brain sharp and fight off dementia

Jennifer Greer first noticed that her mother, Carolyn, had trouble finding words to express herself. Diagnosed with dementia, the 73-year-old now can’t talk or take care of herself. “We did a lot of brain activities, such as word flash cards, to delay losing cognitive skills,” says Greer, who lives in Dallas. “If we hadn’t done […]

Medical Xpress: Switching brain circuits on and off without surgery

In the maze of our brains, there are various pathways by which neural signals travel. These pathways can go awry in patients with neurological and psychiatric diseases and disorders, such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Researchers have developed new therapeutic strategies to more precisely target neural pathways involved in these conditions, but they often […]

New Scientist: Quantum dots in brain could treat Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases

Tiny particles called quantum dots reduce symptoms in mice primed to develop a type of Parkinson’s disease, and also block formation of the toxic protein clumps in Alzheimer’s. They could one day be a novel treatment for these brain disorders, although tests in people are some years away. Quantum dots are  just a few nanometres […]

News-Medical: Researchers unravel molecular code that shapes complex networks in the brain

The brain is an enormously complex organ. Understanding how billions of brain cells succeed in making precise connections is a major challenge for neuroscientists. Professor Joris de Wit and his team (VIB-KU Leuven) have unraveled a molecular code that determines the shape, location and function of connections between individual neurons. These findings could help us […]

Medical Xpress: New research detects brain cell that improves learning

The workings of memory and learning have yet to be clarified, especially at the neural circuitry level. But researchers at Uppsala University and Brazilian collaborators have discovered a specific brain neuron with a central role in learning. This study, published in Neuron, may have a bearing on the potential for counteracting memory loss in Alzheimer’s […]

Medical News Today: MS: Solvent exposure raises risk by 50 percent

A new study cautions that exposure to paint, varnish, and other solvents dramatically increases the risk of multiple sclerosis for people who may already have a family member living with the condition. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease that is thought to affect about 400,000 people in the United States and 2.1 million […]

Medical News Today: Targeting the enzyme with a dual role in breast and brain health

The enzyme tousled-like kinase 2 maintains genome stability at cellular level. Researchers have also linked it to different health conditions, including breast cancer and intellectual disability. A new study now describes this enzyme’s structure, arguing that this will help to design better therapies. (July 3, 2018) Read the full article here

Healthline: Excessive iron in the brain may be a factor in Alzheimer’s disease

A type of iron called magnetite may lead researchers down the path to a more effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Magnetite is not usually found in the human brain, but researchers say the metal is present in the brains of people affected by Alzheimer’s. The scientists say the magnetite is found in the abnormal protein […]