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Essential tremor sufferers needed for groundbreaking study

You probably know someone who has it. It is the most common movement disorder, yet most people don’t even know its name. ...

Scientists to study the link between illness, brain dysfunction and dementia

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin will study the interaction between acute illness and brain dysfunction after they were awarded significant funding – ...

Exploring virus as delivery system for gene therapy

We usually think of a virus as a bad thing. But Tammy Kielian, Ph.D., is exploring using one as a way to deliver gene therapy, in the search for a cure for juvenile Batten disease. ... Full story

Untangling a cause of memory loss in neurodegenerative diseases

NIH-funded mouse study identifies a possible therapeutic target for a family of disorders. ... Full story

Cell protein offers new hope in fighting the effects of aging

A protein found within the powerhouse of a cell could be the key to holding back the march of time, research by scientists at The University of Nottingham has shown. ... Full story

Aberrant Tau Proteins Put Neuronal Networks to Sleep: Drug “Rolofylline” a Possible Antidote

Bonn (Germany) - In a study published in the journal PNAS scientists of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) present new findings on the role of the protein Tau in certain brain diseases. Their report which is based on laboratory studies suggests that the drug “Rolofylline” could possibly alleviate learning and memory problems associated with aggregating Tau proteins. ... Full story

Can you zap your brain back to health?

Electrifying brain circuits may decrease depressive symptoms and chronic pain, but a USC scientist says we first need to see what the electric current is actually doing ... Full story

Brain diseases manifest in the retina of the eye

Diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) may manifest as pathological changes in the retina of the eye. Research from the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) shows that retinal changes may be detected earlier than brain changes. Findings from mouse models suggest that eye examination could be used as a noninvasive screening tool for human brain diseases. ... Full story

Respiratory tract bacterium uncovered as trigger for serious nervous system disease

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an acute life-threatening disease of the nervous system that leads to sensory disturbances and acute flaccid paralysis. A group of researchers involving the University of Zurich has now shown for the first time that bacteria, which often cause pneumonia, can trigger the autoimmune disease GBS. Antibodies that not only attack the bacteria but also the outer layer of the body’s own nerve cells are a critical step in the pathogenesis of GBS after this respiratory infection. ... Full story

Study: Gene regulation in brain may explain repetitive behaviors in Rett syndrome patients

DALLAS – Three-year-old Naomi slaps her forehead a few times, bites her fingers and toddles across the doctor’s office in her white and pink pajamas before turning her head into a door with a dull thud. Her mother quickly straps on a helmet and adjusts the rainbow chinstrap, then watches as Naomi puts a hand back in her mouth and continues exploring the room. ... Full story

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