Brain Disease

CNN: 5 things you didn’t know about Alzheimer’s

Approximately 44 million people live with dementia worldwide, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. By 2050, that number is expected to more than triple to 115 million. In the fight against these fast-growing numbers, experts from all over the world discussed the latest research at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, this week. Here […]

Medical News Today: Suicide rates linked to cigarette taxes, smoking policies

Cigarette smokers are more likely to commit suicide than people who don’t smoke, studies have shown. This reality has been attributed to the fact that people with psychiatric disorders, who have higher suicide rates, also tend to smoke. But new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis finds that smoking itself may […]

Medscape: Any Level of Midlife Exercise May Keep Dementia at Bay

Any level of physical activity in midlife may help keep cognitive decline and dementia in late life at bay, new research suggests. Two studies conducted by investigators at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, demonstrated that physical activity, whether mild, moderate, or vigorous, in midlife appeared to protect cognitively normal adults from progressing to mild […]

Medical News Today: Neuroscientists suggest link between defects in fatty acid transport proteins and schizophrenia, autism

Using diverse methodologies, neuroscientists from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute report that defects in Fatty Acid Binding Proteins (FABPs) may help to explain the pathology in some cases of schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders. After identifying mutations in FABPs from patients, the group led by Senior Team Leader Takeo Yoshikawa determined that the genetic disruption […]

Medical Xpress:’Support’ cells in brain play important role in Down syndrome

Researchers from UC Davis School of Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California have identified a group of cells in the brain that they say plays an important role in the abnormal neuron development in Down syndrome. After developing a new model for studying the syndrome using patient-derived stem cells, the scientists also […]

Retuers: Depression may keep some men from fighting prostate cancer

Depression may be source of disparities in the treatment men get for prostate cancer, according to a new study. In the analysis, older men who were depressed before they got a prostate cancer diagnosis were more likely to have aggressive cancer, less likely to undergo the recommended treatment for their stage and type of disease […]

Health Canal: Parkinson’s disease: genetic defect triggers multiple damages in neurons

People whose genome carries certain variations have a particularly high risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. In particular, genetic variants in a gene referred to as GBA1 (glucocerebrosidase) are associated to an increased risk for Parkinson’s. Researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research have now pinpointed […]

CBC News: PTSD could explain some post-concussion symptoms

Some concussion symptoms that last three months after a head injury may be related to post-traumatic stress disorder, a new study suggests. In Wednesday’s issue of the journal JAMA Psychiatry, Emmanuel Lagarde of the University of Boredeaux, David Cassidy of Toronto Western Research Institute and their team focused on 534 patients with head injuries and […]

Mail Online: Arthritis Drug Hope for Alzheimer’s

A drug commonly used to treat arthritis could potentially slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease, an academic study has found. Scientists at the University of Southampton conducted a small control study with a group of 41 patients exhibiting mild or moderate Alzheimer’s, giving them either the anti-inflammatory drug Etanercept or a placebo every week over […]