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2012-03-01 02:01:21

Promising avenue of neurodegenerative disease research may be a dead end In science, refuting a hypothesis can be as significant as proving one, all the more so in research aimed at elucidating how diseases proceed with a view toward preventing, treating, or curing them. Such a discovery can save scientists from spending precious years of effort exploring a dead end. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Munich-based researchers refute a widely...

2012-02-29 12:46:12

Slowing or preventing the development of Alzheimer´s disease, a fatal brain condition expected to hit one in 85 people globally by 2050, may be as simple as ensuring a brain protein´s sugar levels are maintained. That´s the conclusion seven researchers, including David Vocadlo, a Simon Fraser University chemistry professor and Canada Research Chair in Chemical Glycobiology, make in the latest issue of Nature Chemical Biology. The journal has published the...

2012-02-28 19:00:00

The American Academy of Neurology Foundation and The ALS Association announce the creation of the Richard Olney Clinician Scientist Development Award in ALS, named after Richard K. Olney, M.D., a leading neurologist and pioneer in clinical ALS research who died late last month of ALS, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig´s Disease. St, Paul, Minn. (PRWEB) February 28, 2012 The American Academy of Neurology Foundation and The ALS Association are announcing the...

2012-02-28 13:00:00

Autograph Store Charity Fundraising will bring its unparalleled experience developing unique fundraising ideas to more than 100 ALS TDI events in 2012. New York, NY (PRWEB) February 28, 2012 The fundraising and development teams at Autograph Store Charity Fundraising and the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) are pleased to announce their national partnership for charity auctions hosted throughout 2012. After a careful vetting process, ALS TDI selected Autograph Store Charity...

2012-02-23 13:28:31

    In the field of Psychology, this phenomenon is known as "Retrieval-Induced Forgetting".     University of Granada researchers have determined the cognitive process that causes this phenomenon and its duration. Researchers at the universities of Granada and Jaén, Spain, have discovered why recalling some items from memory reduces our ability to recall other related items. In the field of Psychology, this phenomenon is known as...

2012-02-22 21:34:08

Sometimes our immune defence attacks our own cells. When this happens in the brain we see neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer´s and Parkinson´s disease. But if the the immune defence is inhibited, the results could be disastrous. Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have now discovered one of the molecular combat mechanisms in the brain that gets out of control in these diseases. In time this may enable targeted therapies to slow down the disease without...

2012-02-22 07:00:00

Nestle Health Science Urges Systematic Screening to Help Improve Outcomes, Decrease Costs FLORHAM PARK, N.J., Feb. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It is estimated that up to 75 percent of people experiencing dysphagia - the inability or difficulty to safely swallow - go undiagnosed.(1) Systematic screening for dysphagia and early intervention with swallowing therapy and modified diet, as appropriate, can help to reduce pneumonia cases by an average of 87 percent and decrease...

2012-02-21 13:10:30

All referees feel stress on match days. However, contrary to what you might believe, a joint study by the Catholic University of Brasilia, A Coruña University and James Cook University in Australia state that the level of stress is not linked to the physical condition of these referees, but to their nervous system. The researchers measured the activity of Spanish football referees on a normal day and on a match day. "Our study is the first to state that referees' stress...

2012-02-16 15:47:00

NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New research suggests weight training for two years significantly improves the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease compared to other forms of exercise such as stretching and balance exercises. The clinical trial, which compared two forms of exercise for Parkinson's disease, was released today and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 21 to April 28, 2012. "While we have...

2012-02-15 06:41:44

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- From stress to insomnia to anxiety, whatever the cause may be, new research shows that lack of sleep at night could affect memory later in life. “Disrupted sleep appears to be associated with the build-up of amyloid plaques, a hallmark marker of Alzheimer´s disease, in the brains of people without memory problems. Further research is needed to determine why this is happening and whether sleep changes may predict cognitive decline,” the study author at...