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Neurodegeneration is the umbrella term for the progressive loss of structure or function of neurons, including death of neurons.
Scientists propose that Alzheimer's disease should be treated separately

Scientists propose that Alzheimer's disease should be treated separately

Deciphering the mechanism that underlies the development of Alzheimer's disease in certain families but not in others, researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Faculty of Medicine have proposed that the malady is actually a collection of diseases that probably should be treated with a variety of different approaches. [More]
MGH researchers identify mechanism behind the spread of neurofibrillary tangles

MGH researchers identify mechanism behind the spread of neurofibrillary tangles

Massachusetts General Hospital investigators have discovered a mechanism behind the spread of neurofibrillary tangles - one of the two hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease - through the brains of affected individuals. [More]
NYSCF conference to focus on translational stem cell and neuroscience research

NYSCF conference to focus on translational stem cell and neuroscience research

The New York Stem Cell Foundation 10th Annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference convenes global leaders in translational stem cell and neuroscience research to present their latest work towards new treatments and cures for the most devastating diseases and injuries currently facing the world. [More]
Breakthrough advancements on new molecular mechanism may lead to Parkinson's treatments

Breakthrough advancements on new molecular mechanism may lead to Parkinson's treatments

More than one million people in the United States are afflicted with Parkinson's disease, a progressive disorder of the brain that affects movement and coordination. The cause is typically unknown, and presently there is no cure for the disease. [More]
Role for endogenous retrovirus proposed in ALS pathogenesis

Role for endogenous retrovirus proposed in ALS pathogenesis

Expression of the human endogenous retrovirus-K is upregulated in some patients with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and causes degeneration of motor neurons when overexpressed in mice, research shows. [More]
Mutation that increases sphingolipid levels can lead to neurodegeneration

Mutation that increases sphingolipid levels can lead to neurodegeneration

A mutation that increases the level of a special class of sphingolipids--molecules important to cell structure and signaling--can lead to neurodegeneration due to problems with neuronal membranes, reports a research team led by Jackson Laboratory Research Scientist Lihong Zhao, Ph.D. and Professor Patsy Nishina, Ph.D. [More]
Songbirds may help researchers find cure for Huntington’s disease

Songbirds may help researchers find cure for Huntington’s disease

Many neurological disorders can rob someone of the ability to speak clearly, causing them to stutter, mispronounce words, and struggle to put together coherent sentences. However, the molecular and neurological dysfunctions that cause these symptoms aren't well understood. Recent work at The Rockefeller University may give researchers a new tool to better study these vocal and speech impairments, particularly in Huntington's disease. [More]
Collaborative approach may speed discovery of new preventive treatments for Alzheimer's disease

Collaborative approach may speed discovery of new preventive treatments for Alzheimer's disease

The future success of Alzheimer's prevention research could depend on the ability of researchers from different clinical trials to build collaborative relationships that facilitate the sharing of information, resources and expertise that may speed the discovery of new preventive treatments, according to leading Alzheimer's researchers who published a Perspectives article, "CAP--advancing the evaluation of preclinical Alzheimer disease treatments," online today in Nature Reviews Neurology. [More]
New study heightens concerns over detrimental impact of air pollution on gene associated with AD risk

New study heightens concerns over detrimental impact of air pollution on gene associated with AD risk

A new study by researchers at the Universities of Montana, Valle de México, Boise State, and North Carolina, the Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto Nacional de Pediatría, and Centro Médico Cozumel heightens concerns over the detrimental impact of air pollution on hippocampal metabolites as early markers of neurodegeneration in young urbanites carrying an allele 4 of the apolipoprotein E gene (APOE). [More]
Researchers find potential new way to target brain cells affected by Parkinson's disease

Researchers find potential new way to target brain cells affected by Parkinson's disease

Researchers from Imperial College London and Newcastle University believe they have found a potential new way to target cells of the brain affected by Parkinson's disease. [More]
Salsalate drug offers new hope for treating Alzheimer's disease and FTD

Salsalate drug offers new hope for treating Alzheimer's disease and FTD

Scientists from the Gladstone Institutes have discovered that salsalate, a drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, effectively reversed tau-related dysfunction in an animal model of frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Salsalate prevented the accumulation of tau in the brain and protected against cognitive impairments resembling impairments seen in Alzheimer's disease and FTD. [More]
Long-term disease progression in spinocerebellar ataxia quantified

Long-term disease progression in spinocerebellar ataxia quantified

Researchers have quantified the progression of the most common spinocerebellar ataxias over a follow-up period of up to 8 years in steps to improve sample size calculations for future interventional trials. [More]
Researchers receive NIH grant to test novel drug therapy for Alzheimer's dementia

Researchers receive NIH grant to test novel drug therapy for Alzheimer's dementia

Johns Hopkins University researchers have received an estimated $7.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to clinically test what would be the first treatment to prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer's dementia. [More]
AgeneBio's HOPE4MCI Phase 3 trial receives support from NIH

AgeneBio's HOPE4MCI Phase 3 trial receives support from NIH

AgeneBio, a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative therapeutics for unserved patients battling neurodegeneration, announced today that its HOPE4MCI Phase 3 clinical trial has received support from the National Institutes of Health. [More]
UGA microbiology researchers identify potential mechanism for neurodegenerative diseases

UGA microbiology researchers identify potential mechanism for neurodegenerative diseases

Microbiology researchers at the University of Georgia studying a soil bacterium have identified a potential mechanism for neurodegenerative diseases. [More]
Study shows link between impaired mitochondria, energy failure, and neuronal dysfunction

Study shows link between impaired mitochondria, energy failure, and neuronal dysfunction

A new study from the Gladstone Institutes shows for the first time that impairments in mitochondria--the brain's cellular power plants--can deplete cellular energy levels and cause neuronal dysfunction in a model of neurodegenerative disease. [More]
Allergan settles patent litigation with Amneal related to NAMENDA XR extended release capsules

Allergan settles patent litigation with Amneal related to NAMENDA XR extended release capsules

Allergan plc, today announced that its subsidiaries Forest Laboratories, LLC and Forest Laboratories Holdings, Ltd., along with Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc., have entered into a settlement agreement with Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC and related companies and subsidiaries. [More]
Huntington’s disease prevention breakthrough? An interview with Professor Lesley Jones

Huntington’s disease prevention breakthrough? An interview with Professor Lesley Jones

Huntington’s disease is an inherited disease which, whilst quite rare, is one of the more common inherited neurodegenerative diseases. About 1 in 6,000 people in the UK are at risk and what’s horrible about this disease is that if one of your parents has it, then you have a fifty-fifty chance of inheriting it. [More]
Newly discovered prion causes Multiple System Atrophy

Newly discovered prion causes Multiple System Atrophy

Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a neurodegenerative disorder with similarities to Parkinson's disease, is caused by a newly discovered type of prion, akin to the misfolded proteins involved in incurable progressive brain diseases such Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), according to two new research papers led by scientists at UC San Francisco. [More]
CSF biomarkers predict dementia risk in PD patients

CSF biomarkers predict dementia risk in PD patients

Early analysis of cerebrospinal fluid could help diagnose parkinsonian disorders and enhance the prediction of dementia in Parkinson’s disease patients, study results indicate. [More]
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