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December 1, 2015

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December 1, 2015

Why Some People Would Pay for a Drug They Probably Won't Ever Need

Dec. 1, 2015 — A sick person is obviously willing to pay for a good medical treatment, but economists have found that healthy people are potentially a much broader, if largely overlooked, market for medical ... read more

New Insights in the Search for Treatments for Neurological Diseases

Nov. 19, 2015 — The fine details of a mechanism that provides more insight in the communication between neurons has been revealed by a team of scientists. The research has clarified how damaged synapses -- the ... read more

Poorer Dementia Patients in England Less Likely to Be Prescribed Drugs

Nov. 19, 2015 — Dementia patients from more affluent areas in England are 27 percent more likely to be prescribed anti-dementia drugs than patients from poorer areas, finds a new study of 77,045 dementia patients ... read more

Modulating Brain's Stress Circuitry Might Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Nov. 16, 2015 — In a novel animal study design that mimicked human clinical trials, researchers report that long-term treatment using a small molecule drug that reduces activity of the brain's stress circuitry ... read more

Alzheimer Research: New Findings

Nov. 16, 2015 — Current Alzheimer’s research focuses on the amyloid precursor protein (APP), which is responsible for the formation of destructive plaques in the brain. Researchers have now demonstrated that APP, ... read more

Alzheimer's Patients' Health Care Costs Higher Already Before Diagnosis: Finnish Study

Nov. 16, 2015 — The health care costs of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease (AD) start to increase already one year before the diagnosis, shows a new study. The differences in the health care costs ... read more

Parkinson's Disease: A New Tool for Healthcare Professionals Aims to Improve Diagnosis and Advance Treatment

Nov. 13, 2015 — A group of experts has developed a new tool for healthcare professionals that they hope will mark a significant advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease, especially in ... read more

Drug Could Limit Spread of Deadly Brain Tumors

Nov. 13, 2015 — In a significant breakthrough, researchers have identified a drug, propentofylline or PPF, that could help treat patients with deadly brain cancer. They report that PPF works to limit the spread of ... read more

Molecular Mechanism at Root of Familial Amyloidosis and Other Diseases

Nov. 12, 2015 — A team of local researchers has proposed a molecular mechanism that may be responsible for the development of life-threatening diseases called amyloidoses. The best known of such diseases is ... read more

Nov. 15, 2015 — Medical application of photoactive chemicals offers a promising therapeutic strategy for neurodegenerative ... read more

Scientists Identify Genetic Factors That Influence Body Weight and Neurological Disorders

Nov. 11, 2015 — Genetic factors that influence motor performance and body weight in a genetically diverse group of mice have been identified in a new study. The researchers also found the genes identified in the ... read more

Men With Alzheimer's Gene at Risk of Brain Bleeding, Study Finds

Nov. 11, 2015 — Additional evidence that Alzheimer's disease is unique to humans has been provided through recent research. This study also marks the latest study to focus on the Alzheimer's disease gene, ... read more

Coronavirus Breakthrough: Protein Mutation Affects Spread and Virulence of Respiratory Virus

Nov. 10, 2015 — Researchers have discovered that a mutation in a coronavirus protein slows the spread of the virus in the central nervous system and reduces its neurovirulence. It is the first time that this ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — A chemical that could potentially be used in eye drops to reverse cataracts, the leading cause of blindness, has been identified by a team of ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — It is estimated that 46.8 million people worldwide are living with dementia, with Alzheimer's disease the most common form. Now researchers have discovered a possible solution for side effects ... read more

Brain's Immune System Could Be Harnessed to Fight Alzheimer's

Nov. 5, 2015 — The brain's immune system could potentially be harnessed to help clear the amyloid plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. The findings are the ... read more

New, Three-Minute Test Effectively Diagnoses Lewy Body Dementia

Nov. 4, 2015 — The late Robin Williams had this form of dementia, which also can cause visual hallucinations and make depression worse. Until now, there has been no way to assess or operationalize many of the ... read more

Estrogen Drug May Not Benefit Women With Alzheimer's Dementia

Nov. 4, 2015 — An estrogen-like drug, raloxifene, has no demonstrated benefit on memory and thinking skills for women with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease, according to a new ... read more

Nov. 4, 2015 — In laboratory experiments on the basic mechanisms that cause Alzheimer's dementia, scientists have succeeded in largely "repairing" the nerve cell damage typical in this disease. The ... read more

Alzheimer's Is Probably a Collection of Diseases That Should Be Classified and Treated Separately

Nov. 3, 2015 — Alzheimer's disease can emanate from more than one mechanism and is actually a collection of diseases that should be classified and treated separately, a group of scientists says. Their study ... read more

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