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Cell therapy could improve brain function for Alzheimer's disease

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:06:59 EDT

Inhibitory interneurons are particularly important for managing brain rhythms. Researchers have uncovered the therapeutic benefits of genetically improving these interneurons and transplanting them into the brain of a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.

Underlying cause of brain injury in stroke

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 10:17:59 EDT

New research shows how the drug QNZ-46 can help to lessen the effects of excess release of glutamate in the brain -- the main cause of brain injury in stroke. As stroke is the second leading cause of disability and early death in the UK, this study could offer hope to thousands of people at risk.

Sleep apnea study finds male-female differences in cerebral cortex thickness, symptoms

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:30:00 EDT

Researchers examined clinical records and magnetic resonance imaging brain scans of patients who were recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, and discovered several apparent connections between thinning of the brain's cerebral cortex and apnea symptoms.

Surprise finding could lead to new MS treatments

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 12:05:55 EST

A discovery is providing hope of a new therapeutic target in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients that could one day be used to prevent the symptoms and progression of the disease. By removing a protein called calnexin in mice, researchers found the mice were provided with full protection from the mouse model of MS -- known as experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE).

Recovery from spinal cord injuries can be predicted

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:14:00 EST

Injuries to the spinal cord result in tissue loss in the spinal cord and brain. These neurodegenerative changes can be analyzed in detail using neuroimaging methods. Researchers have now for the first time been able to reliably predict the extent of functional recovery in patients suffering from a spinal cord injury two years after a trauma based on the extent and progression of neurodegenerative changes within the first six months after injury.

Nervous system discovery could inform stroke, pain therapies

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:13:59 EST

Scientists used advanced imaging techniques to ascertain the resting state of an acid-sensing ion channel. Acid-sensing ion channels are believed to play a role in pain sensation as well as psychiatric disorders. Scientists expect the basic science research will spur new research and development into therapeutic agents targeting the channel.

Stab injury of zebrafish unveils regenerative processes by neural stem cells in the brain

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 10:17:16 EST

Researchers recently elucidated the regenerative processes by neural stem cells using a stab injury model in the optic tectum, a less studied area of the brain, of adult zebrafish. This study has brought them a step closer to shedding light on how an injured, human central nervous system (CNS) could be restored.

Capturing brain signals with soft electronics

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:35:21 EST

Scientists have developed new technology for long-term stable neural recording. It is based on a novel elastic material composite, which is biocompatible and retains high electrical conductivity even when stretched to double its original length.

A neuron can cause a domino effect

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 10:36:44 EST

If the sense of smell disappears, this can indicate a disease such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. However, unlike previously assumed, general degenerations in the nervous system do not play a leading role in the loss of the sense of smell with increasing age, but individual nerve cells or classes of nerves are decisive.

Brain injury may boost risk of Alzheimer's earlier in life

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:48:32 EST

Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease earlier in life, according to a new study.