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Drugs Ferry: ”We are not limited to one active ingredient group or one active ingredient“

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[08/05/2012] Drugs that treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or multiple sclerosis are most effective directly where they are needed – in the brain. Unfortunately, it is difficult to develop drugs that are capable of getting there specifically, since the so-called blood-brain barrier prevents this from happening. However, now a team led by Doctor Heiko Manninga succeeded in doing precisely that. Drugs Ferry: ”We are not limited to one active ingredient group or one active ingredient“ - Read more

Brain: New Understanding of Alzheimer's Trigger

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[07/05/2012] A highly toxic beta-amyloid – a protein that exists in the brains of Alzheimer's disease victims – has been found to greatly increase the toxicity of other more common and less toxic beta-amyloids, serving as a possible "trigger" for the advent and development of Alzheimer's, researchers at the University of Virginia have discovered.Brain: New Understanding of Alzheimer's Trigger - Read more

Alzheimer's Disease: Single-neuron Observations Mark Steps

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[26/04/2012] Studying a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease, neuroscientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), Germany, have observed correlations between increases in both soluble and plaque-forming beta-amyloid – a protein implicated in the disease process – and dysfunctional developments on several levels: individual cortical neurons, neuronal circuits, sensory cognition, and behaviour.Alzheimer's Disease: Single-neuron Observations Mark Steps - Read more

Bipolar Disorder: Body Clocks May Hold Key for Treatment

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[14/03/2012] Scientists have gained insight into why lithium salts are effective at treating bipolar disorder in what could lead to more targeted therapies with fewer side-effects.Bipolar Disorder: Body Clocks May Hold Key for Treatment - Read more

Neurodegenerative Disease: View on Causal Mechanism in ALS

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[01/03/2012] In a study Munich-based researchers refute a widely accepted hypothesis about a causative step in neurodegenerative conditions. These results deal specifically with animal models of human amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's disease) but also raise questions for research on other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's or Huntington's disease.Neurodegenerative Disease: View on Causal Mechanism in ALS - Read more

Facing Forgetfulness: Recognising the Early Stages of Alzheimer‘s Disease

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[01/02/2012] Diagnosing advanced Alzheimer‘s nowadays is no longer difficult. And yet, to detect the so-called “progressive neurodegenerative brain disease with memory loss as the leading symptom“ early on, basic diagnostic methods are not sufficient. Facing Forgetfulness: Recognising the Early Stages of Alzheimer‘s Disease - Read more

Diagnosis: Alzheimer’s damage occurs early

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[10/01/2012] The first changes in the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be observed as much as ten years in advance – ten years before the person in question has become so ill that he or she can be diagnosed with the disease. This is what a new study from Lund University in Sweden has found.Diagnosis: Alzheimer’s damage occurs early - Read more

Diagnostics: Measurements Towards Earlier Diagnosis in Alzheimer's Disease

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[15/12/2011] European PredictAD project, lead by Principal Scientist Jyrki Lötjönen from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, has developed a decision support tool for objective diagnostics of Alzheimer's disease.Diagnostics: Measurements Towards Earlier Diagnosis in Alzheimer's Disease - Read more

DNA: Video Game Players Advancing Genetic Research

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[07/12/2011] Thousands of video game players have helped significantly advance our understanding of the genetic basis of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer over the past year. They are the users of a web-based video game developed by Doctor Jérôme Waldispuhl of the McGill School of Computer Science.DNA: Video Game Players Advancing Genetic Research - Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease: Many Patients Get Drugs with Opposing Effects

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[27/10/2011] You wouldn’t break your car while stepping on the gas - or wash down a sleeping pill with espresso. Yet many people taking common Alzheimer’s disease medications - cholinesterase inhibitors - are given medications with anticholinergic properties, which oppose their effects. Group Health Research Institute scientists investigated how often that happens.Alzheimer’s Disease: Many Patients Get Drugs with Opposing Effects - Read more