neuroinnovations

Link between vitamin D and dementia risk confirmed. Thoughts health innovators? bit.ly/1oG7tBb

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with a substantially increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older people, according to the most robust study of its kind ever conducted. 

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Study shows that levels of salts in the brain controls whether a person is alseep or awake. Thoughts health innovators?

It is known that salt is important for cognitive function.  Although some studies do link a lower level of sodium with a reduction in blood pressure and heart disease, studies have also found that low levels of sodium could impair memory and brain function. 

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Study identifies new link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease.

Now, a study from researchers at Temple University has shown that dementia in Down syndrome involves defects in a regulatory enzyme known as γ-secretase activating protein (GSAP), which also malfunctions in Alzheimer’s disease. The team state that the work could soon lead to the development of a specific GSAP-targeted therapy that is capable of safely mitigating dementia in Down syndrome.


http://health-innovations.org/2015/11/05/study-identifies-new-link-between-down-syndrome-and-alzheimers-disease/

Identification of a neuroprotector linked to a degenerative neuromuscular disease.

Identification of a neuroprotector linked to a degenerative neuromuscular disease. Thoughts health innovators?

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In Kennedy’s disease, the muscle cells and motor neurons, which are also linked to muscle function, are damaged as a result of the accumulation of androgen receptor fibers, a process that causes them to die.  Many aspects of diseases involving aggregates, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, are unknown.  In this regard, Kennedy’s disease is in a worse position because it is a rare condition that…

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Study identifies previously unknown function in the brain involving memory.

Study identifies previously unknown function in the brain involving memory. Thoughts health innovators?

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It is known that the hippocampus is central to episodic memory and spatial navigation both of which rely on sequences of spatiotemporal information.  Spatiotemporal trajectories are coded by theta sequences, ordered series of hippocampal place cell spikes that reflect the order of behavioural experiences. Theta sequences are thought to be organized by co-occurring gamma rhythms. However, how…

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Study visualises, maps cortical circuits that encode black and white for the first time. Thoughts health innovators? While some things may be ‘as simple as black and white,’ this has not been the case for the circuits in the brain that make it possible for a person to distinguish black from white.

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Researchers identify new protein responsible for diabetes-associated blindness.

Researchers identify new protein responsible for diabetes-associated blindness. Thoughts health innovators?

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Reporting on their study with lab-grown human cells, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland say that blocking a second blood vessel growth protein, along with one that is already well-known, could offer a new way to treat and prevent a blinding eye disease caused by diabetes.

The team state that the disease, diabetic retinopathy , is the most common cause of…

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Researchers identify protein complex that helps direct growth of axons.

Researchers identify protein complex that helps direct growth of axons. Thoughts health innovators?

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When the nervous system is developing neurons send their axons, the parts of neurons that make up the body’s nerves, to make connections with other neurons. For instance, a neuron in the dorsal spinal cord grows towards attractive signals coming from the ventral spinal cord and cross the midline. The front ends of growing axons have ‘growth cones’ that sniff out attractive and repulsive signals.…

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Nano-magnetic cell targeting used to treat TBI in animal model.

Now, researchers from the University of Maryland and the Veterans Administration Maryland Healthcare System state they have successfully guided human neural progenitor cells (hNPCs) to injured brain areas using nano-magnetic cell targeting. 

http://health-innovations.org/2015/10/30/nano-magnetic-cell-targeting-used-to-treat-tbi-in-animal-model/