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2012-04-11 14:44:45

Computer modeling supports theory that many dementias spread like prion diseases A new technique for analyzing brain images offers the possibility of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict the rate of progression and physical path of many degenerative brain diseases, report scientists at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco. The technique, developed by SFVAMC scientists in collaboration with a team led by Bruce Miller, MD,...

2012-03-21 15:26:00

Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia may spread within nerve networks in the brain by moving directly between connected neurons, instead of in other ways proposed by scientists, such as by propagating in all directions, according to researchers who report the finding in the March 22 edition of the journal Neuron. Led by neurologist and MacArthur Foundation "genius award" recipient William Seeley, MD, from the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, and post-doctoral fellow Helen Juan...

2012-02-02 09:21:47

The same gene mutations linked to inherited, early-onset Alzheimer's disease have been found in people with the more common late-onset form of the illness. The discovery by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis may lead doctors and researchers to change the way Alzheimer's disease is classified. They report their findings Feb. 1 in the online journal PLoS One (Public Library of Science). "We probably shouldn't think of early-onset disease as inherited...

2012-01-06 16:05:34

In a new review of imaging studies spanning more than ten years, scientists find that a method of positron emission tomography (PET)safely and accurately detects dementia, including the most common and devastating form among the elderly, Alzheimer´s disease. This research is featured in the January issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Researchers reviewed numerous PET studies to evaluate a molecular imaging technique that combines PET, which provides functional images of...

2011-12-01 12:59:48

New research finds a marker used to detect plaque in the brain may help doctors make a more accurate diagnosis between two common types of dementia — Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). The study is published in the November 30, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "These two types of dementia share similar symptoms, so telling the two apart while a person is living is a real challenge, but...

2011-11-30 15:03:12

Study highlights importance of diagnosing 'overlap syndrome' in sufferers of muscle weakness disease (ALS) and early-onset dementia (FTD) In order to better counsel patients, it is key for clinicians of different disciplines to be aware of, and diagnose, the 'overlap syndrome' between two medical disorders - ALS and FTD - since it significantly affects patient survival. In her new study´, Catherine Lomen-Hoerth, from the University of California San Francisco in the US, also...

2011-09-23 07:19:54

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Human genetic mutations are not at all like comic books make it out to be.  Scientists have identified a new human genetic mutation as the most common cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD).  This mutation explains at least a third of all familial cases of ALS and FTD within the European population.  The research provides key insights into ALS and FTD and may pave the way for development of therapeutic strategies for...

2011-09-21 19:41:12

Families help identify new gene for incurable disease Families suffering from a history of motor neuron disease have helped an international scientific team locate a new gene linked to the incurable disease. The investigators studied a large group of Finnish patients and a family from Gwent, South Wales who have lost many relatives to early onset motor neuron disease (MND) and the neurodegenerative disease fronto-temporal dementia, also known as Pick's disease. The team, including...


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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