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USC scientist screens potential therapies for Lou Gehrig’s disease

Justin Ichida tests drug-like compounds on motor neurons formed by reprogramming skin cells from ALS patients ...

Simple Clinical Tests Help Differentiate Parkinson’s Disease from Atypical Parkinsonism

Results Highlight Why Keeping Clinical Exam Skills Sharp Particularly Essential When Conducting Neurological Exams, According to New Article in the Journal of ...

New insights that link Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Crucial role for FMRP (Fragile X Mental Retardation Protein) in embryonic development of the brain cortex ... Full story

Scientists Show How Gene Implicated in Parkinson ’s Disease Repairs and Replaces Nerve Cells

Scientists at Trinity College Dublin have made an important breakthrough in our understanding of Parkin – a protein that regulates the repair and replacement of nerve cells within the brain. This breakthrough generates a new perspective on how nerve cells die in Parkinson’s disease. ... Full story

Penn Bioengineer Looking for Epigenomic Patterns Linked to Neurological Disorders

By Madeleine Stone  One of the great mysteries of biology is how the diverse cell types found in complex organisms emerge from the same underlying genetic ... Full story

Blocking mitochondrial fission has potential as an effective treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

A study led by a researcher from Plymouth University in the UK, has discovered that the inhibition of a particular mitochondrial fission protein could hold the key to potential treatment for Parkinson’s Disease (PD). ... Full story

Physicians, Patients Worldwide Pause to Recognize Radiology’s Role in Diagnosing and Treating Brain Disease and Injuries

Reston, Va. — On Nov. 8, more than 100 medical societies around the world, along with patients and their advocates, will join the American College of Radiology (ACR), Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and European Society of Radiology (ESR) in recognizing the International Day of Radiology (IDoR). IDoR 2014 will focus on the important role medical imaging plays in the diagnosis and treatment of brain disease and injuries. ... Full story

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Crunching clinical data by weight of numbers

Neuherberg - Researchers including bioinformaticians from the Helmholtz Zentrum München and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München organize crowdsourcing challenge to identify new algorithms that will expedite the search for effective therapies for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ... Full story

Scripps Florida Scientists Uncover Major Factor in Development of Huntington’s Disease

JUPITER, FL – Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have uncovered a major contributor to Huntington’s disease, a devastating progressive neurological condition that produces involuntary movements, emotional disturbance and cognitive impairment. ... Full story

Disputed theory on Parkinson's origin strengthened

Parkinson's disease is strongly linked to the degeneration of the brain’s movement center. In the last decade, the question of where the disease begins has led researchers to a different part of the human anatomy. ... Full story

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