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Neurodegeneration – News and Features

Protein structures.

Scientists Uncover the Cellular Functions of Proteins Integral to Inflammatory Diseases

Mount Sinai researchers have revealed the biological mechanisms by which a family of proteins known as histone deacetylases (HDACs) activate immune system cells linked to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other inflammatory diseases.
Mountains as seen from the air.

Italy's Apennines Are Releasing CO2

In parts of Italy's Apennines, CO2 outgassing from depths is up to 50 times greater than CO2 uptake through weathering.
A network of green vessels with parts highlighted in red.

Fibrin Immunotherapy’s Potential for Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries come with an amplified risk for developing dementia, but a new therapeutic target and a potential immunotherapy have been identified.
Bacteria that for part of the microbiome in the small intestine

The Human Microbiome and Aging: What’s the Latest Research?

The microbiome's influence on health is well documented and recent studies also suggest that the microbiome may play an important role in aging. Here, we explore some of the latest research on the link between the microbiome and aging.
High magnification micrograph of microglia cells stained with Rio-Hortega's method (silver carbonate). This type is the ramified or resting microglia that appears in normal brain tissue.

Mobilizing Microglia in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Recently approved Alzheimer's drugs work by tagging amyloid plaques for clearance by the brain's microglia. Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers are developing an alternative approach, using a homemade antibody to directly mobilize microglia.
Three women with their arms round each other laughing.

How Do Minerals Affect the Menstrual Cycle?

Scientists have revealed how minerals play a role in the complexity of female fertility and the menstrual cycle. The review looks at several minerals and how they impact hormonal regulation, ovarian function and ovulation, endometrial health and oxidative stress.
The Hosts of This Podcast Will Kill You.

“This Podcast Will Kill You” Hosts Talk Successful Science Communication, Overcoming Failure and Quarantinis

Gain advice on building a career in science podcasting, overcoming "failure" in academia and thriving as a woman in science with the hosts of "This Podcast Will Kill You", Dr. Erin Welsh and Dr. Erin Allman Updkye.
Red blood cells in a blood vessel.

Novel Cell Type in Blood Vessels Found Responsible for Vascular Growth

The discovery of a new cell type responsible for vascular growth could allow for novel treatment strategies for some cardiovascular disease.
A 3D model of a human brain.

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.
The outline of a person and their brain facing a cannabis leaf and symbolic CBN pill.

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.