Newly discovered gene variants link innate immunity and Alzheimer's disease

Newly discovered gene variants link innate immunity and Alzheimer’s disease Three new gene variants, found in a genome wide association study of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), point to the brain’s immune cells in the onset of the disorder. These genes encode three proteins that are found in microglia, cells that are part of the brain’s injury…

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'Brain training' app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment

‘Brain training’ app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment A ‘brain training’ game could help improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia, suggests a new study. ‘Brain training’ app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment Source: Science Daily Mind & Brain

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Drug discovery: Alzheimer's and Parkinson's spurred by same enzyme

Drug discovery: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s spurred by same enzyme Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are different. But at the biochemical level, these two neurodegenerative diseases start to look similar. This is how Emory scientists landed on a potential drug target for Parkinson’s. Drug discovery: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s spurred by same enzyme Source: Science Daily Mind…

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Overactive scavenger cells may cause neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's

Overactive scavenger cells may cause neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s For the first time, researchers have demonstrated a surprising effect of microglia, the scavenger cells of the brain: If these cells lack the TDP-43 protein, they not only remove Alzheimer’s plaques, but also synapses. This removal of synapses by these cells presumably lead to neurodegeneration observed in…

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Estrogen in the brain prevents obesity and glucose intolerance during menopause in lab animal study

Estrogen in the brain prevents obesity and glucose intolerance during menopause in lab animal study Researchers have found that adding estrogen in the brain may improve health in obese females after menopause. Estrogen in the brain prevents obesity and glucose intolerance during menopause in lab animal study Source: Science Daily Fitness

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Replacing a palatable high-fat diet with low fat food causes withdrawal-like symptoms in mice

Replacing a palatable high-fat diet with low fat food causes withdrawal-like symptoms in mice Researchers have found that mice fed a palatable high-fat diet experience stress responses that resemble drug withdrawal when their food is switched to a low-fat diet. A study has identified brain changes in the dopamine neurotransmitter system caused by stress when…

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Using omega 3 fatty acids to treat Alzheimer's and other diseases?

Using omega 3 fatty acids to treat Alzheimer’s and other diseases? Understanding how dietary essential fatty acids work may lead to effective treatments for diseases and conditions such as stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, age-related macular degeneration, Parkinson’s disease and other retinal and neurodegenerative diseases. The key is to be able to intervene during the early stages…

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