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Neurodegeneration is the umbrella term for the progressive loss of structure or function of neurons, including death of neurons.
New research shows how misfolded proteins are precisely selected for degradation

New research shows how misfolded proteins are precisely selected for degradation

It's almost axiomatic that misfolded proteins compromise how cells normally function and cause debilitating human disease, but how these proteins are detected and degraded within the body is not well understood. [More]
Sanford-Burnham, Daiichi enter into comprehensive alliance to develop first-in-class therapeutics

Sanford-Burnham, Daiichi enter into comprehensive alliance to develop first-in-class therapeutics

Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) and Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (Daiichi Sankyo) today announced they have entered into a three-year comprehensive alliance to develop first-in-class therapeutics for the treatment of cardiovascular-metabolic diseases. [More]
New dual-pronged approach for treating Niemann-Pick type C disease

New dual-pronged approach for treating Niemann-Pick type C disease

By studying nerve and liver cells grown from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), Whitehead Institute researchers have identified a potential dual-pronged approach to treating Niemann-Pick type C (NPC) disease, a rare but devastating genetic disorder. [More]
Retrophin reports net loss of $70.6 million for first quarter 2014

Retrophin reports net loss of $70.6 million for first quarter 2014

Retrophin, Inc. today reported its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014. [More]
Novel molecule prevents symptoms linked with allergen-induced asthma

Novel molecule prevents symptoms linked with allergen-induced asthma

A new study carried out by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham), the Max Planck Institute for Colloids and Interfaces (Germany), the Free University of Berlin (Germany), UC San Diego, and Shinshu University (Japan) has identified a novel molecule that prevents T-cells from orchestrating asthma brought on by allergens. [More]
People with longevity gene have improved brain skills

People with longevity gene have improved brain skills

Scientists showed that people who have a variant of a longevity gene, called KLOTHO, have improved brain skills such as thinking, learning and memory regardless of their age, sex, or whether they have a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. [More]
EXCEMED meeting draws experts to explore roles of genetics, environment in MS pathology

EXCEMED meeting draws experts to explore roles of genetics, environment in MS pathology

The diagnosis and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) have dramatically improved over recent decades due to scientific advancements, yet MS persists as one of the most disabling neurological disorders, having a significant impact on young adults - the age group most affected by the disease. [More]
Patients with Parkinson's disease show improvements after exenatide therapy

Patients with Parkinson's disease show improvements after exenatide therapy

Follow-Up Study Published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease Supports an Earlier "Proof of Concept" Trial. A follow-up study of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) who participated in an earlier "proof of concept" clinical trial using exenatide showed that improvements persisted twelve months after discontinuing exenatide therapy. [More]
Novogen partners with Genea Biocells to accelerate testing for neurodegenerative diseases

Novogen partners with Genea Biocells to accelerate testing for neurodegenerative diseases

Novogen Limited, an oncology drug development company, today announced a collaboration with Australian company, Genea Biocells, to accelerate testing of their super-benzopyran (SBP) drugs for degenerative diseases of the nervous system and muscles. [More]
Researchers discover potential genetic variant that may make brains more resilient against Alzheimer's

Researchers discover potential genetic variant that may make brains more resilient against Alzheimer's

Autopsies have revealed that some individuals develop the cellular changes indicative of Alzheimer's disease without ever showing clinical symptoms in their lifetime. [More]
Scientists find key information that may lead to new therapeutic approaches to epilepsy

Scientists find key information that may lead to new therapeutic approaches to epilepsy

A team of researchers from Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) and SUNY Downstate Medical Center (SUNY Downstate) has found that deficiencies in hyaluronan, also known as hyaluronic acid or HA, can lead to spontaneous epileptic seizures. [More]
Scientists develop experimental drug that prolongs lifespan in mouse model of accelerated aging

Scientists develop experimental drug that prolongs lifespan in mouse model of accelerated aging

Northwestern Medicine- scientists have newly identified a protein's key role in cell and physiological aging and have developed - in collaboration with Tohoku University in Japan -- an experimental drug that inhibits the protein's effect and prolonged the lifespan in a mouse model of accelerated aging. [More]
Retinal measurements associated with Parkinson’s disease duration

Retinal measurements associated with Parkinson’s disease duration

The inner retinal layers in the eyes of patients with Parkinson’s disease are thinner than those of healthy people’s eyes, except for the inner nuclear layer, which is thicker, show the results of a prospective study involving the latest optical coherence tomography methods. [More]
Genzyme, Cleveland Clinic partner to develop new therapeutic approaches for MS treatment

Genzyme, Cleveland Clinic partner to develop new therapeutic approaches for MS treatment

Genzyme, a Sanofi company, announced today the formation of a research collaboration with Cleveland Clinic focused on developing new therapeutic approaches to the treatment of MS. [More]
Physical activity reduces hippocampal atrophy in elders at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease

Physical activity reduces hippocampal atrophy in elders at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease

​A study of older adults at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease shows that moderate physical activity may protect brain health and stave off shrinkage of the hippocampus- the brain region responsible for memory and spatial orientation that is attacked first in Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Sleep disorder is the best current predictor of brain diseases, say U of T researchers

Sleep disorder is the best current predictor of brain diseases, say U of T researchers

Researchers at the University of Toronto say a sleep disorder that causes people to act out their dreams is the best current predictor of brain diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. [More]
New mouse model breakthrough for Alzheimer's disease research

New mouse model breakthrough for Alzheimer's disease research

Alzheimer's disease, the primary cause of dementia in the elderly, imposes a tremendous social and economic burden on modern society. In Japan, the burden of the disease in 2050 is estimated to be a half a trillion US dollars, a figure equivalent to the government's annual revenues. [More]
Scientists discover potential cause of Parkinson’s disease

Scientists discover potential cause of Parkinson’s disease

Researchers have discovered a process that appears to explain how a well known enzyme mutation triggers the neural deterioration seen in Parkinson’s disease. [More]
New discovery opens door to development of new treatments that stop progression of Parkinson's disease

New discovery opens door to development of new treatments that stop progression of Parkinson's disease

A research led by the Research Institute Vall d'Hebron (VHIR), in which the University of Valencia participated, has shown that pathological forms of the α-synuclein protein present in deceased patients with Parkinson's disease are able to initiate and spread in mice and primates the neurodegenerative process that typifies this disease. [More]
Vibrational spectroscopy opens up new ways to diagnose chronic diseases

Vibrational spectroscopy opens up new ways to diagnose chronic diseases

In today’s ageing population, resulting in a rising prevalence of chronic diseases such as neurodegeneration, the need for simple, non-invasive methods to diagnose or screen for important medical conditions becomes more and more relevant. Objective and cost-effective approaches capable of diagnosing early-stage disease in point-of-care clinical settings are necessary to facilitate the personalising of therapies to prevent or slow down pathology development. [More]