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2012-06-18 23:20:32

New approach reported in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience Studies suggest that neurotrophic factors, which play a role in the development and survival of neurons, have significant therapeutic and restorative potential for neurologic diseases such as Huntington's disease. However, clinical applications are limited because these proteins cannot easily cross the blood brain barrier, have a short half-life, and cause serious side effects. Now, a group of scientists has successfully...

2012-04-23 11:21:23

With more than 1.7 million people sustaining a traumatic brain injury each year, the need to identify processes to limit inflammation and subsequent damage is critical. Approximately 275,000 people are hospitalized annually with traumatic brain injury, leaving 85,000 with long-term disabilities and taking the lives of more than 50,000. More than 5 million people live with disabilities caused by traumatic brain injuries, often the result of car accidents and falls. Direct and indirect costs...

2012-03-23 05:43:10

(Ivanhoe Newswire)-- A ravenous appetite may be what causes many overweight people to be obese. Researchers have found a mutation in a single gene is responsible for the inability of neurons to effectively send out appetite suppressing signals from the body to the correct area of the brain. A study suggests that there might be a way to stimulate expression of that gene to treat obesity caused by uncontrolled eating. Researchers found that a mutation in the brain-derived neurotrophic...

2012-03-19 04:53:45

The discovery offers clues about how to turn on brain sensitivity to leptin and insulin, hormones that turn off appetite Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have revealed how a mutation in a single gene is responsible for the inability of neurons to effectively pass along appetite suppressing signals from the body to the right place in the brain. What results is obesity caused by a voracious appetite. Their study, published March 18th on Nature Medicine's website,...


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