Brain Disease

Medical News Today: Autism: What is the link with zinc?

Earlier research indicated an association between zinc and autism. However, until now, understanding the connection has been challenging. A new study, published in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience, suggests that a zinc deficiency in early childhood may contribute to autism. (November 12, 2018) Read the full article here

News-Medical: Multidisciplinary research teams selected to study age-related brain disorders

Could our blood hold the molecular secrets to a fountain of youth, preventing age-related brain disorders? Are brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease caused by a failure of interconnected systems in our bodies, triggering a domino-like cascade of disease? Can targeting the red blood cells and blood vessels jointly keep our brains healthy and prevent dementia? […]

Medical Xpress: Autism is associated with zinc deficiency in early development—now a study links the two

The emergence of autism in children has not only been linked to genes encoding synaptic proteins—among others—but also environmental insults such as zinc deficiency. Although it is unclear whether zinc deficiency contributes to autism, scientists have now defined in detail a possible mechanistic link. Their research shows how zinc shapes the connections or ‘synapses’ between […]

News-Medical: Scientists solve 125-year-old mystery of the brain, uncover potential treatment for epilepsy

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have solved a 125-year-old mystery of the brain, and, in the process, uncovered a potential treatment for acquired epilepsy. Since 1893, scientists have known about enigmatic structures called perineuronal nets wrapped around neurons, but the function of the nets remained elusive. (November 9, 2018) Read the full […]

Tech Times: New study explains how coffee protects the brain from disease

Can coffee protect drinkers from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s? A new study finds an evidence that certain types of coffee could prevent mental decline later in life. Plenty has been said about the benefits and risks of coffee, a common beverage that a large portion of the population consumes on a regular basis. (November 7, 2018) […]

BBC: Genetic defect link to early onset Parkinson’s disease

A genetic defect could explain why some people develop early onset Parkinson’s disease, according to researchers. Scientists at Dundee University have studied two genes, called Pink and Parkin, that communicate to protect the brain from damage. They also worked with international colleagues to find patients with a rare mutation affecting these genes. (November 7, 2018) […]

News-Medical: Artificial intelligence technology improves prediction of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco have developed artificial intelligence (AI) technology that improves the effectiveness of brain imaging for the prediction of Alzheimer’s disease. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can make a big difference to disease progression, as treatments and interventions are more effective the earlier they are started in the disease […]

U.S. News & World Report: The bigger the brain, the bigger the tumor risk?

The bigger your brain, the greater your risk for a deadly brain cancer, new research from Norway suggests. It’s a matter of math: A large brain means more brain cells, and more cells means more cell divisions that can go wrong and cause mutations that trigger cancer, the study authors explained. (November 6, 2018) Read […]