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2009-07-11 23:39:41

Mayo Clinic researchers plan to present a study on new techniques to diagnose dementia at a conference in Vienna, the clinic announced Saturday. Researchers developed a framework for using an MRI to create a differential diagnosis of three common neurodegenerative disorders. They will present at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease July 11. Their study created a framework for using a structural MRI to diagnose Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal lobar...

2009-02-26 13:45:00

KIRKLAND, Wash., Feb 26 /PRNewswire/ -- ProteoTech Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a grant from The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease Research. In collaboration with Avid Radiopharmaceuticals Inc. (Philadelphia, PA), ProteoTech scientists will utilize ProteoTech's small molecule platform drug technology to develop new imaging agents that will allow doctors to use PET imaging to identify and determine the extent of alpha-synuclein accumulation in the living human...

2009-02-18 11:00:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research awarded approximately $1.9 million total to six teams working to develop neuroimaging technologies that would allow scientists to non-invasively visualize the clumping of the alpha-synuclein protein in the living human brain. Such technologies would dramatically accelerate research into the cause, progression and treatment of PD. Investigators could more accurately identify individuals with PD...

2009-01-02 09:14:42

Neurologists have observed for decades that Lewy bodies, clumps of aggregated proteins inside cells, appear in the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. The presence of Lewy bodies suggests underlying problems in protein recycling and waste disposal, leading to the puzzle: how does disrupting those processes kill brain cells? One possible answer: by breaking a survival circuit called MEF2D. Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have...

2008-08-27 18:00:56

CHICAGO, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The British Midlands Development Corporation today announced that scientists at The University of Nottingham have made a crucial breakthrough in the battle to slow or prevent the onset of a very common type of dementia and Parkinson's disease. The researchers have genetically produced the first ever mouse model with the type of brain degeneration, or nerve cell loss, seen in Lewy body disease and Parkinson's disease, which could lead to more targeted drugs...

2008-08-17 18:00:12

By KELLY SHORROCK Dementia patients have welcomed the news that drugs which could slow or prevent the onset of the condition could be available in as little as eight years' time. Scientists at the University of Nottingham have managed to produce a mouse which has the same type of brain degeneration seen in Lewy body disease - a condition which shares characteristics with Alzheim-er's and Parkinson's disease. It is hoped that studying the mouse will help scientists understand more about...

2008-07-22 15:00:45

Estelle Getty, the actress who played Sophia on the classic U.S. sit-com The Golden Girls, died Tuesday at her home in Los Angeles, her caregiver said. Getty, a New York native who would have turned 85 this week, also appeared in the films Tootsie, Mask, Mannequin and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. She had suffered from Lewy Body Dementia for years, however, and her last big-screen credit was in 1999's Stuart Little. Getty is survived by her two adult sons, Barry and Carl, Usmagazine.com...

2007-08-23 03:19:55

By Mrak, Robert E Griffin, W Sue T Abstract Cortical Lewy body disease as a cause of dementia has been recognized for more than 40 years. Only in the past 15 to 20 years, however, has the true frequency of this entity come to be appreciated, primarily because of the advent of sensitive and specific immunohistochemical diagnostic techniques. We now know that there is frequent and extensive overlap, both clinically and pathologically, between Lewy body and Alzheimer diseases. Although some of...

2005-11-03 14:18:53

DALLAS - Nov. 3, 2005 - Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that a protein associated with causing neurodegenerative conditions may, when appearing in normal amounts, actually protect against neurodegeneration. The findings, appearing in today's issue of the journal Cell, have surprised the researchers, because an excess of the same specific protein - alpha-synuclein - causes Parkinson's disease. "It's the first time that anyone has shown that synuclein has any...

2005-06-15 18:08:45

San Diego, Calif. "“ Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine working with scientists at Elan Pharmaceuticals, have reported promising results in mice of a vaccine approach to treating Parkinson's and similar diseases. These results appear in the June edition of the journal Neuron. Eliezer Masliah, M.D., Professor of Neurosciences and Pathology at UCSD, and colleagues at UCSD and Elan Pharmaceuticals in San Francisco, vaccinated mice using a a...


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