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2011-04-22 00:00:29

Approximately 50,000 Americans suffer from multiple system atrophy (MSA) a rare condition that attacks the autonomic nervous system. To raise awareness and donations for the MSA Support Group a dance fundraising event will be held on May 21, 2012 in Paducah, Ky. Paducah, Kentucky (PRWEB) April 21, 2011 On Saturday, May 21, a dance to raise awareness and money to fight multiple system atrophy (MSA) will be held at: St. Thomas More Parish Center 5645 Blandville Rd. Paducah, KY 42001. A...

2011-04-15 18:24:14

By asking a group of older adults to analyze videos of other people conversing -- some talking truthfully, some insincerely -- a group of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco has determined which areas of the brain govern a person's ability to detect sarcasm and lies. Some of the adults in the group were healthy, but many of the test subjects had neurodegenerative diseases that cause certain parts of the brain to deteriorate. The UCSF team mapped their brains using...

2011-04-11 17:01:57

For years, researchers in genome stability have observed that several neurodegenerative diseases"”including Huntington's disease"”are associated with cell-killing proteins that are created during expansion of a CAG/CTG trinucleotide repeat. In research published in the March 17 online edition of the journal PLoS Genetics, Tufts University biologist Catherine Freudenreich, and then-graduate student Rangapriya Sundararajan show that cell death in yeast can also result from the...

2011-04-05 06:00:00

RICHMOND, Calif. and NEW YORK, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGMO) and CHDI Foundation, Inc. have announced a collaboration to develop a novel therapeutic for Huntington's disease (HD) based on Sangamo's proprietary zinc finger DNA-binding protein (ZFP) technology. The ZFP therapeutic approach will target the huntingtin gene that causes HD, an inherited neurodegenerative disease for which there are currently no therapies available to slow disease...

2011-04-02 02:06:35

New biomarker for tau-related brain disorders? Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have determined that a well-known chemical process called acetylation has a previously unrecognized association with one of the biological processes associated with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. The findings were published in the latest issue of Nature Communications. Tau is one of the primary disease proteins associated with a suite of neurodegenerative diseases. Tau...

2011-03-22 09:00:00

AUSTIN, Texas, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Beyond Batten Disease Foundation is recruiting volunteers for the first-ever overnight relay event, Run to the Sun. The relay will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14th at Mount Bonnell and runners will wind their way through the Hill Country before finishing at Enchanted Rock State Park on Sunday morning, May 15th. The sunrise finale will include gospel singers, breakfast and activities for runners, their families and volunteers....

2011-03-22 07:00:00

ADDF, MDA, AFTD and ALS TDI Jointly Fund Characterization of TDP-43 Mouse CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) announced today that it has entered into collaboration with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the Alzheimer's Drug Development Foundation (ADDF) and The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) to fund the characterization of a new model of neurodegeneration called the TDP-43 mouse. (Logo:...

2011-03-16 18:30:21

Cells, which employ a process called autophagy to clean up and reuse protein debris leftover from biological processes, were the original recyclers. A team of scientists from Paul Greengard's Rockefeller University laboratory have linked a molecule that stimulates autophagy with the reduction of one of Alzheimer's disease's major hallmarks, amyloid peptide. Their finding suggests a mechanism that could be used to eliminate built-up proteins in diseases such as Alzheimer's, Down syndrome,...

2011-03-14 14:28:25

Research into how the brain transmits messages to other parts of the body could improve understanding of disorders such as epilepsy, dementia, multiple sclerosis and stroke Research into how the brain transmits messages to other parts of the body could improve understanding of disorders such as epilepsy, dementia, multiple sclerosis and stroke. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have identified a protein crucial for maintaining the health and function of the segment of nerve fibres...

2011-03-11 16:01:54

Cell biologists pondering the death of neurons "” brain cells "” said today that by eliminating one ingredient from the cellular machinery, they prolonged the life of neurons stressed by a pesticide chemical. The finding identifies a potential therapeutic target to slow changes that lead to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. The researchers, from The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, found that neurons lacking a substance...


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