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A Trojan Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

Deep in the base of the brain, a cascade of events including oxidative damage and inflammation can kill neurons, resulting in the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. An international team of researchers has now developed a technique that might be used to prevent this cell death. They engineer immune cells to carry protective stowaway molecules, and the hope is that these Trojan cells can help prevent neuron death...

Insulin May Help Treat Alzheimer’s

Researchers are investigating insulin as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, and in a preliminary study, the results look promising.A study in the journal Archives of Neurology suggests that intranasal insulin – that is, delivered through the nose – may help with cognition and functioning in patients who have both mild and more severe dementia.It’s premature to think of this as a...

Coffee buzz protects brain from Alzheimer’s

For years we’ve been told that caffeinated coffee was bad for us. It’s unhealthy and addictive, doctors warned. But as vindication for all who stuck by their energizing elixir, a new study shows that guzzling caffeinated coffee may actually be good for our brains. In fact, it may help keep Alzheimer’s at bay. The study, which was published early online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, was in mice whose DNA...

Protein ‘helps predict Alzheimer’s ris...

A protein in spinal fluid could be used to predict the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to German researchers. Patients with high levels of the chemical – soluble amyloid precursor protein beta – were more likely to develop the disease, they found. Doctors said in the journal Neurology this was more precise than other tests. Alzheimer’s Research UK said early diagnosis was a key...

Five New Alzheimer’s Genes Double Total as Doctors...

Five new genes have been definitively linked to Alzheimer’s disease, doubling the total confirmed by scientists and opening new areas for research into an illness that affects 35 million people globally. The genetic pathways were reported in two studies involving more than 50,000 people worldwide. Some of the connections found involve systems that control inflammation and cholesterol in the brain, while others affect how...

Iona Chemistry Professor Researches Cure For ALZ

New Rochelle, NY – Do curry spice, wine and apple skins hold the answer for finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders? The results of a laboratory research project, recently published in the Journal of Neurochemistry, show that a chemical compound derived from these natural products may be used in neutralizing the toxic effects of chemicals associated with some...
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