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Neurodegeneration – News and Features

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How Brain Cells Coordinate Storage of Short-Term Memory

Cedars-Sinai investigators have discovered how brain cells responsible for working memory–the type required to remember a phone number long enough to dial it–coordinate intentional focus and short-term storage of information.
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Cannabinols Show Neuroprotective Properties in Fruit Flies

Salk scientists observe cannabinol's neuroprotective properties in fruit flies and identify cannabinol analogs that could serve as promising future therapeutics for traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's.
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Antipsychotic Use in Dementia Linked to Elevated Health Risks

Antipsychotic use in people with dementia is associated with elevated risks of a wide range of serious adverse outcomes including stroke, blood clots, heart attack, heart failure, fracture, pneumonia, and acute kidney injury, compared with non-use.
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AI Method Accelerates Drug Discovery for Parkinson’s 10-Fold, Study Finds

University of Cambridge researchers have harnessed the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up the screening of new drugs to treat Parkinson’s disease.
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Study Investigates Links Between HIV Drugs and Reduced Alzheimer’s Disease Incidence

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) currently afflicts nearly seven million people in the U.S. Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys have now identified promising real-world links between common HIV drugs and a reduced incidence of AD.
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Alzheimer’s Starts Earlier and Progresses Faster in People With Down Syndrome

A new study revealed that Alzheimer's disease starts earlier and progresses faster in people with Down syndrome, which could have important implications for their treatment and care.
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Lewy Bodies in Brain Cells Reveal Parkinson’s Disease Insights

A new study from Van Andel Institute scientists offers a first look into the complex molecular changes that occur in brain cells with Lewy bodies, which are key pathological hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease and some dementias.
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Junk Food Causes Long-Term Memory Damage to Adolescent Rats

Researchers observed that adolescent rats fed on a junk food diet had lower levels of key neurotransmitters associated with memory than their snackless counterparts.
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Novel Mechanism Potentially Linked to the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s

In a new study, researchers have identified a novel mechanism potentially connected to the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. They found a fragment of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) disrupts communication between cellular compartments.
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Scientists Pinpoint Brain Region Crucial for Attention Control

Researchers have linked a region in the brain to how humans redirect thoughts and attention when distracted, offering insights into side effects of Parkinson's disease treatment.
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