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…

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…

'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

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…

Traumatic brain injury associated with dementia in working-age adults

Traumatic brain injury associated with dementia in working-age adults According to a study encompassing the entire Finnish population, traumatic brain injury associated with an increased risk for dementia in working-age adults. Yet, no such relationship was found between traumatic brain injury and later onset of Parkinson’s disease or ALS. The researchers believe that these results…