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Neurodegeneration – News and Features

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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.

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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Study Offers Fresh Perspective on Smoking-Related Variant "Mr. Big"

According to research, people with a certain version of the most well-known smoking-related variant to date, “Mr. Big”, are less sensitive to nicotine and have been shown to smoke more.
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Industry Insight

Setting the Stage for Multipurpose Drugs

We spoke with Dr. Bryan Oronsky, chief development officer at EpicentRx, to discover more about the promise of multipurpose drugs and the potential of EpicentRx’s nibrozetone (RRx-001) for several conditions.
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No Evidence That CBD Products Reduce Chronic Pain, Study Finds

A new study has concluded that there is no evidence that cannabidiol (CBD) products reduce chronic pain, suggesting that they are not value for money and even have the potential to harm health.