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How mutations lead to neurodegenerative disease

Scientists have discovered how mutations in DNA can cause neurodegenerative disease. The discovery is an important step towards better treatment to slow the progression or delay onset in a range of incurable diseases such as Huntington’s and motor neurone disease — possibly through the use, in new ways, of existing anti-inflammatory drugs. The team of […]

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Blood pressure drug shows no benefit in Parkinson’s disease

A study of a blood pressure drug does not show any benefit for people with Parkinson’s disease, according to findings released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 71st Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, May 4 to 10, 2019. The drug isradipine had shown promise in small, early studies and hopes were […]

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Using an anti-smoking drug to control neurons

An anti-smoking drug now has a new job — as a chemical switch to turn select neurons on or off. The drug latches on to designer proteins, called ion channels, that control whether or not a neuron will send a message. By putting those proteins only in certain groups of neurons, scientists can target modulation […]

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SHANK3: The good, the bad and the hopeful

Some neuropsychiatric conditions may boil down to how well brain cells communicate with each other. This can be affected by a number of factors, including having too much or too little of proteins that function at the synapse — the point of communication between two brain cells. SHANK3 is one of these proteins. In their […]

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New compound offers superior therapeutic approach to treat MS

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide. This debilitating condition periodically shutters communication between the brain and other parts of the body, resulting in symptoms that range from numbness and tingling in the arms and legs to blindness and paralysis. While treatments are available to alleviate inflammation, no […]