Brain Disease

MedWire News: Depression does not impact on cognition in early bipolar disorder

Depressive episodes have no additional impact on cognition in patients early in the course of bipolar disorder, research suggests. In common with previous findings, the researchers identified impaired cognition in 68 patients with first-episode mania relative to 38 controls, all of whom were participants of the Systematic Treatment Optimization Programme for Early Mania (STOP-EM). However, […]

R&D Magazine: Cognitive test can differentiate between Alzheimer’s and normal aging

Researchers have developed a new cognitive test that can better determine whether memory impairments are due to very mild Alzheimer’s disease or the normal aging process. Their study appears in Neuropsychologia. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease will increase from 5 million in 2014 to as many as 16 […]

Fox 19: Ambien leads to hope, but not cure for thousands of patients

About a third of people who suffer a severe brain injury do not survive. Of those that do, they are either drifting in and out of consciousness or in a complete coma and their future is mostly uncertain. But for some, a medication given for an unintended use is opening patients, doctors and researcher’s eyes. […]

News Medical: Researcher identify four new microRNAs involved in regulation of BDNF levels

Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) regulates many processes including memory and learning in our daily tasks. Levels of BDNF are important in determining the outcome of these processes. BDNF also carries strong potential to treat neurodegenerative diseases  which, among other things, affect memory and learning, such Alzheimer’s. MicroRNA-206 was in 2012 shown to down-regulate BDNF levels. When in the […]

HealthCanal: Brain booster for bipolar disorder

Deakin University’s IMPACT Strategic Research Centre, in partnership with Barwon Health, is undertaking a world-first trial combining a drug used to treat paracetamol overdose with nutraceuticals as a potential new treatment for bipolar depression. Bipolar disorder affects functioning of the brain, causing people to experience extreme high (mania) or low (depression) moods. People with bipolar […]

The Health Site: Stem cells loaded with the herpes virus can kill brain tumours!

In a breakthrough, Harvard scientists have discovered that stem cells loaded with the herpes virus can be used to specifically target and kill brain tumours. Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital have a potential solution for how to more effectively kill tumour cells using cancer-killing viruses. The work, led by Khalid […]

Live Science: Five Brain Challenges We Can Overcome in the Next Decade

Just prior to him leaving office, I was asked by John Beddington, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, to scope the future of neuroscience over the next ten years. It seemed to me that the best way to consider this was to determine how we could improve brain health for a flourishing society. Clearly, mental health […]

Tech Times: Anti-depressant drug Celexa shows promise as Alzheimer’s treatment: Study

In a bid to curb the rising number of older people afflicted with dementia, experts in the field of biomedicine are coming up with new breakthroughs that may help fight against the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Recently, a study revealed that anti-aging genes can boost mental capacities of the elderly, but now, a latest research at the […]

Fox News: The hidden type of Alzheimer’s doctors miss

The claim: Roughly 1 out of 10 Alzheimer’s patients—particularly men—may suffer from a subtype of the disease called hippocampal sparing Alzheimer’s (HSP). As the name suggests, this form of the disease spares the patient’s hippocampus, or memory center. But it can cause angry outbursts, vision problems, and other bizarre behavior that often leads to wrong diagnoses […]