Brain Disease

Neurology Advisor: Adrogen deprivation therapy does not increase dementia or Alzheimer’s risk

Men receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer are at no significant risk for Alzheimer disease (AD) or dementia, according to a report published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Using the Medicare claims database, investigators analyzed demographics data, survival outcomes, and diagnoses and procedure codes in men 67 or older receiving ADT for […]

Science Daily: New insights into how sleep helps the brain to reorganize itself

A study has given new insights into how sleep contributes to brain plasticity — the ability for our brain to change and reorganize itself — and could pave the way for new ways to help people with learning and memory disorders. Researchers at the Humboldt and Charité Universities in Berlin, led by Dr Julie Seibt […]

Medical News Today: Brain response to unfairness ‘predicts depression’

New research finds that brain responses to unfair treatment in a computer game involving money rewards can predict whether healthy people will develop symptoms of depression. The researchers, from the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology in Osaka and Tamagawa University in Tokyo, both in Japan, have published their findings in the journal Nature […]

Medical Xpress: Researchers get a lead on how to detect degenerative neurological diseases sooner

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) may have found a way to help doctors diagnose diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s earlier in their progression. A special peptide probe being developed in Jeffery Kelly’s lab at TSRI is showing promise as a tool for detecting the early signs of transthyretin (TTR) polyneuropathy, a progressive neurological […]

Science Daily: New role for fragile X protein could offer clues for treatment

The protein behind fragile X syndrome acts as a genetic conductor, orchestrating a symphony of genes that help shape DNA’s 3-D structure. Fragile X mental retardation protein, or FMRP, oversees a set of genes that alter how DNA is packaged, researchers report September 7, 2017 in the journal Cell. This is an important new role […]

UPI: Breakdown of metabolic collaboration of brain cells tied to Alzheimer’s

Baylor College of Medicine researchers have discovered that impairing a vital collaboration between brain cells leads to neurodegeneration. The study, published Thursday in Cell Metabolism, shows the mechanism that two types of brain cells — neurons and glia — use to support each other’s functions. If the mechanism fails, neurodegeneration occurs. (September 29, 2017) Read […]

Medical News Today: Schizophrenia risk gene plays key role in early brain development

Scientists have found that a gene linked to schizophrenia plays a critical role in brain development before birth, which supports the idea that the disorder arises from disruptions in early brain wiring, and that psychosis is a late stage of the condition. The researchers, led by a team from Pennsylvania State University in State College, […]