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Neurodegeneration – News and Features

Nerve cells.
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Inhibitory Neurotransmitter GABA Can Also Excite

A neurotransmitter previously thought only to calm neurons may also play a role in waking them up, a discovery that challenges the textbook view of how neurons communicate with one another in the brain.
Gloved hands draw blood from a test tube.
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Alzheimer’s Blood Test Performs As Well As Spinal Fluid Test

A simple blood test to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease soon may replace more invasive screening methods such as spinal taps, as research shows it performs just as well.
A foggy bridge.
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Researchers Discover Cause of “Brain Fog” Linked to Long COVID

A team of scientists from Trinity College Dublin and investigators from FutureNeuro announced a major discovery that has profound importance for our understanding of brain fog and cognitive decline seen in some patients with Long COVID.
A sign reading "ALS".
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New Cell Culture Model Identifies Potential ALS Drug Target

Using the new cell culture model "iNets", University of Zurich researchers identified a missing link between aberrant TDP-43 behavior and neuronal cell death: a toxic accumulation of NPTX2, a protein that is usually secreted through the synapses.
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New System Triggering Cellular Waste Disposal Developed

Established treatments for cancer and other diseases often focus on inhibiting harmful enzymes to mitigate their effects. However, a more innovative approach has emerged: harnessing the cell's natural waste disposal system.
Smoke coming from factory chimneys.
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Link Found Between Air Pollution and Alzheimer’s Plaques

People with higher exposure to traffic-related air pollution were more likely to have high amounts of amyloid plaques in their brains associated with Alzheimer’s disease after death.
Two mice juggling on top of a record player.
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AI Learns and Predicts User Behaviors

Researchers have created an open-source platform known as A-SOiD that can learn and predict user-defined behaviors, just from video.
Two fluorescent proteins in an oocyte.
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Immature Egg Cells Avoid Toxic Proteins To Preserve Fertility in Mice

Immature egg cells employ "superorganelles" to "clean up" toxic protein aggregates to prevent cell damage and preserve fertility, a new study in mice shows.
Someone having a blood test.
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Blood Test Predicts Patient Outcome After Stroke

An ultra-sensitive blood test that reflects brain damage after acute ischemic stroke – and also predicts functional outcome. This is a discovery that is expected to be of great significance in the future.
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Well-Studied Immune Protein Carries an “Overlooked” Sequence

CSHL scientists have revealed that the well-studied immune protein IκBζ moonlights as a POU activator. The finding offers new insight into the immune system’s versatility.
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