Brain Disease

U.S. News & World Report: Brain tumor patients may have unlikely ally: The polio virus

An ancient scourge — the polio virus — may be an unexpected friend to people battling one of the deadliest brain cancers, new research shows. The new therapy uses a tweaked, harmless form of the polio virus to significantly boost the chances patients with recurrent glioblastomas can survive over the long term. (June 26, 2018) […]

Futurity: ‘Transport error’ in the brain sheds light on Huntington’s

Scientists have discovered a previously unknown error in the transport of glutamine in the brains of mice with Huntington’s disease. The finding may lead to the development of new treatments, the researchers believe. There is currently no cure for Huntington’s, which causes personality alterations and loss of motor control. Now researchers have come one step […]

CNN: Herpes virus may play role in Alzheimer’s, study says

Doctors don’t know what causes Alzheimer’s disease or the best way to treat it, but they have new evidence to suggest that a common virus may play a role in who develops the condition. In a study published Thursday in the journal Neuron, researchers say they’ve found strong evidence to suggest that two strains of […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers find mechanism behind choosing alcohol over healthy rewards

A new study links molecular changes in the brain to behaviours that are central in addiction, such as choosing a drug over alternative rewards. The researchers have developed a method in which rats learn to get an alcohol solution by pressing a lever. In order to better capture how addiction makes the individual choose alcohol […]

R&D Magazine: Alzheimer’s development, progression linked to iron chemistry in the brain

An international team of researchers have uncovered the properties of iron species in the human brain, a breakthrough that could lead to better treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.The iron is tied to the formation of amyloid protein plaques, which are thought to be the cause of mental deterioration in Alzheimer’s patients. The researchers discovered several chemically […]