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Neurodegeneration – News and Features

Double helix structure of DNA.
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Designing Peptoids That Mimic Nature’s Helices

Nature is filled with extraordinarily precise molecular shapes that fit together like a hand in glove. Proteins, for example, can assemble into a wide variety of well-defined shapes that grant them their function.
A generated image of a human brain on top of a computer chip.
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Alzheimer’s Disease Types Linked to Rate of Cognitive Decline by New Tool

Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a series of brain changes characterized by unique clinical features and immune cell behaviors using a new corticolimbic index tool for Alzheimer's disease, a leading cause of dementia.
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A Daily Drizzle of Olive Oil May Lower Your Dementia Risk

Harvard researchers found that participants who regularly consumed olive oil were less likely to die from dementia than their animal-fat-frying counterparts.
A tangle of neurons.
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“Cartilage” Outside Nerve Cells Plays an Important Role in Neuroplasticity

"Cartilage", in the form of chondroitin sulfate clusters outside of nerve cells, plays a crucial role in neuroplasticity, reveals new research.
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Analysis of 400 ALS Patients Reveals Important Epigenetic Risk Factors

Epigenetic analysis of 400 ALS patients has revealed 30 locations with modifications that appear linked to ALS progression.
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New Advance in Neural Stimulation Tech Could Help Treat Neurological Disorders

The MagPatch is an array of magnetic microcoils, promising single-neuron precision for cochlear implants and vagus nerve stimulation.
A purple human brain.
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New Biomarkers Could Help Diagnosis of Schizophrenia in Rare Genetic Disorder

A recent study led by UC Davis Health researchers provides new insights into the molecular changes linked to the rare genetic condition 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, or 22q.
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Regulating Cholesterol Levels Could Improve Cancer Immunotherapies, Study Finds

New research has identified that regulating cholesterol levels can help make existing cancer treatments more effective by regulating a critical immune pathway.
Protein structures.
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Researchers Stumble Upon a New Approach for Treating Degenerative Diseases

A paper out of UC Santa Barbara reveals a new connection between a particular ion transport protein and the cell’s garbage disposal, which grinds up misfolded proteins to stave off their toxic accumulation.
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) stained with Hematoxylin and eosin (HE)
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Epstein-Barr Virus, Multiple Sclerosis and Cancer: Looking Back at 60 Years of Research

In this interview, Professor Lawrence Young discusses the current interest in Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) vaccines for combatting multiple sclerosis and his thoughts on the future direction of EBV research.
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