Brain Disease

Medical Xpress: A ‘homing system’ targets therapeutic T-cells to brain cancer

A multi-institution international team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has developed a new strategy to overcome one of the main obstacles in the treatment of brain cancer—access to the tumor. Under the influence of cancer, the blood-brain barrier diverts immune T cells that attempt to enter the brain to fight the tumor. […]

Medical Xpress: The brain’s tiny thrill-seekers

Microglia, the immune cells of the central nervous system, differ in male and female mice. MDC researchers have reported on the sex-specific features in Cell Reports. Their findings could change how we treat neurological diseases.Microglia monitor the brain’s health around the clock, much like a battalion of tiny soldiers. When the cells sense pathogens or […]

Newsweek: Dementia risk could be predicted in 10-year window, study suggests

The risk of older people developing dementia in a 10-year window has been calculated in a study. Danish researchers investigated data on 104,537 people in Copenhagen, Denmark to uncover how factors including a person’s age and sex determined their 10-year risk of developing dementia. They also noted whether the participants carried the E (APOE) protein, […]

News-Medical: Is Alzheimer’s disease type 3 diabetes?

Alzheimer’s disease is a severe cognitive health disorder that affects approximately 50 million people around the world. It is associated with a high mortality rate and is a massive financial burden on healthcare provision in the Western World, but it is possible that this does not have to be the case. Alzheimer’s disease is considered […]

U.S. News & World Report: Is early cancer detection on the horizon?

When I was a kid, one of my aunts was quite fond of reminding me that “a stitch in time saves nine.” But when you’re 10, it’s much more enticing to race around with your friends than diligently do your homework so it doesn’t keep piling up on your desk. The idea is simple: The […]

Ars Technica: Implantable brain device could stop epileptic seizures in their tracks

People who suffer severe epileptic seizures may one day be able to control or even prevent them with an electronic device implanted directly into the brain. An oncoming seizure would trigger the targeted release of a brain-signaling chemical to stop the seizure in its tracks, according to a new study published in Science Advances. The […]

Science Magazine: Spurred by opioid epidemic, new pain drugs may lower the risk of overdose and addiction

As the opioid crisis continues to ravage U.S. communities, scientists and drug companies have intensified their efforts to develop safer and less addictive pain medications. Now, multiple research groups are claiming progress in devising novel opioids—or alternatives—that seem to offer pain relief with far less risk of addiction or of the opioid-induced respiratory depression that […]

Medical News Today: What to know about complex PTSD

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder is closely related to post-traumatic stress disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), a handbook often used by psychiatrists and psychologists, does not currently acknowledge “complex post-traumatic stress disorder” as a separate condition. Some doctors will, however, diagnose it. (August 28, 2018) Read the full article here

U.S. News & World Report: Drug slows brain shrinkage in progressive MS

A drug that has long been used in Japan for asthma may slow down brain shrinkage in people with progressive multiple sclerosis, a preliminary trial has found. The study, published Aug. 30 in the New England Journal of Medicine, tested an oral drug called ibudilast. It is not approved in the United States, but has […]

NPR: Air pollution exposure harms cognitive performance, study finds

Researchers investigating the effects of air pollution conducted math and verbal tests over the course of multiple years on more than 25,000 people in 162 Chinese counties. They matched those results with pollution conditions at the time of each test, and found sobering results. In paper published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of […]