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Neurodegeneration – News and Features

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Scientists Create Atomic-Level Models of Enzymes Linked to Lupus and Alzheimer's

Scripps Research scientists create atomic-level structural models of enzymes associated with autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, including lupus and Alzheimer’s.
Neurons degrading.
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Ultrasound Therapy Boosts Cognition in Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers from UQ's Queensland Brain Institute have found that targeting amyloid plaque in the brain is not essential for ultrasound to deliver cognitive improvement in neurodegenerative disorders.
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Bacterial RNAs’ Half-Life Is Three Times Shorter Than Assumed

RNA decay is a crucial mechanism for controlling gene expression and a new study shows that bacterial RNA decays faster than previously thought.
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Vitamin D and Aging: What’s the Latest Research?

The many benefits of vitamin D are causing this nutrient to take center stage in vitamin research. Renowned for its role in bone health, emerging research also highlights vitamin D's physiological effects on human health, including aging.
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Long-Term Memory Formation Requires Nerve Cell Damage

A new study published in Nature puts a different spin on inflammation’s role in the brain, one that could have implications for drugs that target inflammatory pathways.
The cortex of a mouse recorded over several minutes as the oxygen concentration in the breathed air fluctuated between 20, 30, and 40 percent.
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New Bioluminescence Imaging Technique Illuminates Oxygen’s Journey in the Brain

While the efficient and timely delivery of oxygen is known to be critical to healthy brain function, the precise mechanics of this process have largely remained hidden from scientists.
A living-tissue model developed by Dartmouth researchers showed that a fatal trauma killed younger oligodendrocytes.
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Brain Cells Unexpectedly Linger Before Their Death

For oligodendrocytes–the central nervous system cells critical for brain function–age may not bring wisdom, but it does come with the power to cling to life for much, much longer than scientists knew. That’s according to a new study.
A 3D model of a human brain.
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A New, Refined Method for Analyzing Brain Signals

University of Minnesota Medical School researchers have introduced a new, refined method for analyzing brain signals, enhancing our understanding of brain functionality.
Nerve cells.
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How Do Microglia Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease?

Microglia are specialized immune cells in the brain. While they normally protect our brains, they can also contribute to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.
A 3D model of a human brain.
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Hidden Brain Changes Occur in People With Heart Disease

A new analysis involving over 13,000 people has found changes to blood vessels in the brain that can increase the risk of stroke and dementia are common in people with a range of heart conditions, regardless of whether they have experienced a stroke.
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