Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoids

Omega-3 fatty acids fight inflammation via cannabinoids Chemical compounds called cannabinoids are found in marijuana and also are produced naturally in the body from omega-3 fatty acids. A well-known cannabinoid in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, is responsible for some of its euphoric effects, but it also has anti-inflammatory benefits. A new study in animal tissue reveals the…

Western diet increases Alzheimer's pathology in genetically predisposed mice

Western diet increases Alzheimer’s pathology in genetically predisposed mice Obese mice with a particular version of a gene strongly associated with Alzheimer’s disease in humans show increased Alzheimer’s pathology, according to new research. Western diet increases Alzheimer’s pathology in genetically predisposed mice Source: Science Daily Mind & Brain

Single dual time-point PET scan identifies dual Alzheimer's biomarkers

Single dual time-point PET scan identifies dual Alzheimer’s biomarkers Identifying Alzheimer’s disease before major symptoms arise is critical to preserving brain function and helping patients maintain quality of life. A new study demonstrates that a single dual time-point PET scan could identify important biomarkers of the disease. Single dual time-point PET scan identifies dual Alzheimer’s…

Pre-clinical study suggests Parkinson's could start in gut endocrine cells

Pre-clinical study suggests Parkinson’s could start in gut endocrine cells A potential new mechanism has been identified in both mice and human endocrine cells that populate the small intestines. Inside these cells is a protein called alpha-synuclein, which is known to go awry and lead to damaging clumps in the brains of Parkinson’s patients, as…

Surprising new link between inflammation and mental illness

Surprising new link between inflammation and mental illness Up to 75 percent of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus — an incurable autoimmune disease commonly known as lupus — experience neuropsychiatric symptoms. But so far, our understanding of the mechanisms underlying lupus’ effects on the brain has remained murky. Surprising new link between inflammation and mental…