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

Elevated rate of autism symptoms found in children with Tourette syndrome

Elevated rate of autism symptoms found in children with Tourette syndrome Around one in five children with Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements and vocalizations, met criteria for autism, a study shows. But this prevalence may be more a reflection of similarity in symptoms than actual autism, according to the study’s researchers. …

Genes, ozone, and autism

Genes, ozone, and autism Exposure to ozone in the environment puts individuals with high levels of genetic variation at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected just by adding the two risk factors together, a new analysis shows. The study is the first to look at the combined effects of genome-wide…

Interventions to prevent cognitive decline, dementia

Interventions to prevent cognitive decline, dementia Cognitive training, blood pressure management for people with hypertension, and increased physical activity all show modest but inconclusive evidence that they can help prevent cognitive decline and dementia, but there is insufficient evidence to support a public health campaign encouraging their adoption, says a new report. Interventions to prevent…

Anti-epilepsy drug restores normal brain activity in mild Alzheimer's disease

Anti-epilepsy drug restores normal brain activity in mild Alzheimer’s disease An anti-epileptic drug has been tested for its potential impact on the brain activity of patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. The team documented changes in patients’ EEGs that suggest the drug could have a beneficial effect. Anti-epilepsy drug restores normal brain activity in mild Alzheimer’s…

Leisure activities lower blood pressure in Alzheimer's caregivers

Leisure activities lower blood pressure in Alzheimer’s caregivers Going for a walk outside, reading, listening to music — these and other enjoyable activities can reduce blood pressure for elderly caregivers of spouses with Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a study. Leisure activities lower blood pressure in Alzheimer’s caregivers Source: Science Daily Mind & Brain

Alzheimer's disease risk linked to a network of genes associated with myeloid cells

Alzheimer’s disease risk linked to a network of genes associated with myeloid cells Researchers have found that a network of genes associated with myeloid cells is central to Alzheimer’s disease susceptibility. Alzheimer’s disease risk linked to a network of genes associated with myeloid cells Source: Science Daily Mind & Brain