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2011-03-16 17:30:00

FORT LEE, N.J., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Neurologix, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: NRGX), announced today that the results of the Company's Phase 2 clinical trial for its novel, investigational gene therapy NLX-P101 for the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD) were published in an online-first edition of The Lancet Neurology. The randomized, double-blind, sham surgery-controlled trial of 45 subjects with advanced PD met its primary outcome measurement for efficacy and demonstrated that...

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2011-03-10 13:59:11

Study uses NSF-supported technology to identify neuronal circuitry A new study sheds light--both literally and figuratively--on the intricate brain cell connections responsible for anxiety. Scientists at Stanford University recently used light to activate mouse neurons and precisely identify neural circuits that increase or decrease anxiety-related behaviors. Pinpointing the origin of anxiety brings psychiatric professionals closer to understanding anxiety disorders, the most common class of...

2011-03-09 13:57:05

Expectations for the improvement of a neurosurgical treatment, the deep brain stimulation (DBS) for movement disorders Movement disorders such as Parkinson's diseases and dystonia are caused by abnormal neural activity of the basal ganglia located deep in the brain. The basal ganglia are connected to the cerebral cortex in the brain surface through complex neural circuits. Their basic structure and connections, as well as the dysfunctions in movement disorders, have been examined extensively...

2011-03-09 13:01:34

Implanting electrodes into a pea-sized part of the brain can dramatically improve life for people with severe cervical dystonia "“ a rare but extremely debilitating condition that causes painful, twisting neck muscle spasms "“ according to the results of a pilot study led by Jill Ostrem, MD and Philip Starr, MD PhD at the University of California, San Francisco. Today, people with cervical dystonia can be treated with medications or injections of botulinum toxin (e.g.,...

2011-03-09 10:21:00

Noninvasive, deep brain therapy could benefit patients worldwide CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new chapter in medical history opened days ago when noninvasive MR-guided focused ultrasound was used to successfully treat a patient with essential tremor (ET), a progressive neurological disorder that affects millions of people worldwide and causes involuntary shaking of the hands, head, face, eyelids, voice or other muscles. The procedure has been...

2011-02-28 08:40:49

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- New evidence shows when obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) becomes severe, deep brain stimulation (DBS) may help patients. However, one researcher says this method should be used with caution. Benjamin Greenberg, M.D., a psychiatrist from Brown University and Butler Hospital, discussed the results of the technique he's helped pioneer at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "These techniques are promising but must be used with an...

2011-02-23 22:17:39

The lateral habenula is hyperactive in rat models of human depression A team of neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and UC San Diego (UCSD) has collected evidence suggesting that a previously overlooked portion of the brain could be a prime locus of human depression. In two rat models of human depression, the scientists have demonstrated that neurons in a tiny area in the central brain called the lateral habenula (LHb) are...

2011-02-23 17:31:01

Identification of cellular mechanism may lead to novel and effective treatments Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have identified hyperactive cells in a tiny brain structure that may play an important role in depression. The study, conducted in rats and appearing in the February 24, 2011, issue of Nature, is helping to reveal a cellular mechanism for...

2011-02-18 13:01:49

For patients most severely afflicted with obsessive-compulsive disorder, electrical stimulation of a brain network can rebalance their emotional state, helping them respond to conventional therapy when it never worked before. New long-term results show that patients' improvements remain if the treatment continues. But, as with other OCD treatments, DBS is not a cure and can have side effects. When obsessive-compulsive disorder is of crippling severity and drugs and behavior therapy can't...

2011-01-31 14:18:48

Researchers propose a new target structure for highly effective 'deep brain stimulation' Nearly ten percent of all cases of depression are so severe that the patients do not respond to any established treatment method. Targeted stimulation of areas in the brain using a type of "brain pacemaker" has recently raised hopes: According to initial studies, half of patients with the most severe depression treated in this manner see a significant improvement in mood. Physicians from the University of...


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