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…

Cognitive behavior therapy significantly reduced depression and anxiety in chronic pain patients

Cognitive behavior therapy significantly reduced depression and anxiety in chronic pain patients Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses on psychological flexibility and behavior change, provided a significant reduction in self-reported depression and anxiety among patients participating in a pain rehabilitation program, new research has demonstrated. Cognitive behavior therapy significantly…

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…

Genetic modifier for Huntington's disease progression identified

Genetic modifier for Huntington’s disease progression identified Researchers have developed a novel measure of disease progression for Huntington’s disease, which enabled them to identify a genetic modifier associated with how rapidly the disease progresses. Genetic modifier for Huntington’s disease progression identified Source: Science Daily Mind & Brain