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Brain Protein "Rescues" Neurons From Atrophy

...rotrophin machinery likely play a key role in many neurological disorders. "Many kinds of failures of neurons to g...rning and memory, as well as clinical treatment of neurological disorders such as epilepsy." According to Lo and Katz, future research will aim at understanding in ...

Key to Triplet Repeat Brain Diseases Open Door For New Way To Understand, Treat Genetic Diseases"

...ue. The researchers have found this effect in two neurological diseases -- Huntington'sand Haw River Syndrome. Th...the effect also works for at leastthree other rare neurological disorders -- Kennedy's syndrome, Machado-Josephdisease, and Spinocerebellar atrophy I -- that have t...

Duke Researchers Find Second Gene Linked To Blood Vessel Disorder

... in their lungsthat can lead to serious, secondary neurological problems. About 30 percentof people with this form of HHT develop these lung problems. "We are developing a genetic screen that would identify these peopleso they can be followed by their doctors more closely for signs of developinglung problems,"...

Harvard, Duke Researchers Discover 'Off-switch' Inside Human Cells

...to regulating cellactivity to treat heart disease, neurological disorders and other medicalproblems, say the researchers. In a report in the Sept. 12 Nature, the researchers reported discoveringa protein called RGS10 in human cells that seems to turn off, or desensitize,G proteins. G proteins are important "sig...

Animal Studies Indicate Aging Brain Responsive To Estrogen

...theirs indicate the need formuch more study of the neurological effects of estrogen on both femalesand males. "There's been considerable study of what estrogen is doing for thebones and the heart in aging, but not so much about what estrogens are doingfor the brain," Einstein said. The scientists also said they ...

Blood Test Can Identify Some Children With Strep-Related Behavioral Disorders

...ch is a variant of rheumatic fevercharacterized by neurological dysfunction, and 24 healthy children. Theresearchers found that 85 percent of the children with strep-associated OCD andtics and 89 percent of youngsters with Sydenham's chorea were D8/17 positivecompared to 17 percent of the healthy children. The ty...

Early Tests Indicate Motor Skills Unharmed In Consumers Of Tainted Fish

...al contaminants on older people. Scientists begana neurological assessment in 1992 of a group of men and women older thanage 50 who have consumed 24 or more pounds of sport-caught Lake Michiganfish annually since the 1960s. A comparable group from the same region whodidn't eat fish also is being studied. The fish...

A New Biochemical Link Established Between Stress, Sex And Dominance

...to study social behavior and the physiological and neurological changes that it entails. The cortisol research was primarily conducted by three students. Helen E. Fox, a 1994 graduate of Swarthmore, worked in the Fernald lab for two years before starting graduate studies at the University of California-Berkeley. ...

MGH-Led Team Finds Gene For Crippling Neurologic Disorder

...e for early-onset dystonia, a crippling, inherited neurological disorder that begins in childhood. The discovery,...rstand how stress situations bring on a variety of neurological diseases, including this one," says Breakefield. She explains that only 30 percent of those inherit...

Researchers Find Association Between Alzheimer's Gene And Mental Impairment After Cardiac Surgery

...pulmonary bypass, and as many as 75 percent suffer neurological complications,ranging from transient cognitive changes to stroke. While the elderly areknown to be at higher risk, in more than half the cases the underlying predispositionfor impairment is not known. In the study patients were given a battery of co...

Gene For Last Major Form Of Batten Disease Discovered

... two years ago, the origins of the fatal childhood neurological disorderscalled Batten disease were shrouded in my...rks and look for its potential role in more common neurological disorders,"says Dr. Lobel, of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. "It?s a string,and we can s...

$3 Million From Defense Department Will Fund Next Phase Of UT Southwestern's Gulf War Syndrome Research

...o evaluate more ill and well Gulf War veterans for neurological damage and to design a national survey to determine how many Gulf War veterans need treatment. "This is the logical and crucial next phase to meet the goals of our research," said Dr. Robert Haley, UT Southwestern's chief of epidemiology and leader o...

Growth Factor Stimulation Leads To Increase In New Neurons In The Striatum And Cortex Of The Brain

...atsomeday these cells will be valuable in treating neurological diseases includingHuntington's disease, Parkinson'...transmitters in the striatumdie in two devastating neurological diseases: GABA-containing cells die inHuntington?s disese and TH-containing cells die leading to Par...

Herpes Virus Strain Identified As A Trigger In Multiple Sclerosis

...kness, visual disturbances, and a variety of other neurological impairments. The array and severity of symptoms varies widely from patient to patient andwomen are more likely to be affected than men. The most common form of MS isthe relapsing-remitting type. In this type of MS, new symptoms appear orexisting on...

Promising Fatty Acid Research Leads To MS Clinical Trial

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a common, disabling neurological disease of youngadults. At the British Society for Immunology Annual Congress in Brighton thisweek, Laurence Harbige of the University of Greenwich and St Thomas' Hospital,London will present work on the effects of fatty acids in experimental models...

Tiger Beetles Go Blind At High Speeds

...ve photons and then process those photons into the neurological information that is sent to the beetle's brain. Through this research, he said, science will find out more about this biological tracking system, and he believes this knowledge may one day be used for optimizing artificial tracking systems. "For e...

Study Shows: Just Say NO To Bone Loss

...alady often have a compromisedimmune system and/or neurological problems. "The osteoclasts and osteoblasts have to work together to remodel bone," Osdobysays. "Bone is turning over all the time, and if you don't have that situation,you can have old bone matrix, where the matrix becomes brittle and susceptibleto ...

Jefferson Researchers Use Gene Therapy To Treat Rare, Inherited Brain Disease

... Yale University. Canavan disease is an inherited neurological disorder characterized by spongy degeneration of the brain. It primarily affects children of Eastern European or Ashkenazi Jewish background. It is one of a group of genetic disorders called leukodystrophies that affect the growth of the myelin sheat...

American Society Of Gene Therapy To Hold Its First Annual Meeting

...enetic diseases,cystic fibrosis and lung diseases, neurological and neuromuscular disorders, andstem cell gene therapy. More than 750 abstracts have been submitted for presentation and aplenary session will present the best eight papers selected. In addition, 18sessions of oral presentations and two larg...

Florida Or Bust? Older Lab Rats Seek Heat To Fight Infection, UD Researchers Report

...chemicals in the brain,Satinoff notes, and complex neurological reactions may be mediated by exposureto heat. "Our work has thus far been limited to a relatively small number of animals, andthe implications for older people are still speculative," Satinoff cautions. Butinformation about fever regulation among old...

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