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5 Reasons To Be Optimistic About Alzheimer’s Research

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News of research into the progressive dementia Alzheimer’s disease (AD) often makes for grim reading. But this doesn’t mean significant progress hasn’t been made. To mark World Alzheimer’s Day 2020, we have highlighted five areas of AD research which have seen notable advances.

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Recent Advances and Applications of Single-Cell Sequencing

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Here, we review the most commonly adopted technologies and workflows available for single-cell sequencing and discuss current research studies adopting such approaches.

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The Gut-Brain Connection

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Biology is beginning to wake up to the importance of the links between our gut and our brain. In this infographic, we review how the gut and the brain are connected and the implications these links have for treating neurological and gastrointestinal diseases.

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Cutting Through the Headlines: Are Morning People at a Higher Risk of Alzheimer’s?

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A new study has investigated the links between Alzheimer’s disease (AD), major depressive disorder (MDD) and sleep. This study, armed with a huge cohort of over half a million people, has become the latest in a series of studies to find no causal link between sleep and dementia.

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Mouse Study Shows Links Between Sleep Disturbances and Gut Microbiota

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic sleep condition affecting more than one billion people worldwide. Researchers have discovered how OSA-related sleep disturbances affect the gut microbiome in mice and how transplanting those gut bacteria into other mice can cause changes to sleep patterns in the recipient mice.

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Study Advances Technique To Distinguish Brain Energy Molecules
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Researchers recently examined how cells in the brains of people at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease make and use energy. This is the first study to distinguish between different energy molecules in the brain using high-powered imaging.

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"Brain-Boosting" Supplements Contain Multiple Unapproved Drugs
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Supplements that claim to improve mental focus and memory may contain unapproved pharmaceutical drugs and in potentially dangerous combinations and doses, according to a new study.

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Which Type of Meditation Boosts Happiness the Most?
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Researchers compared the effect of two meditation practices - loving-kindness meditation (LKM) and compassion meditation (CM). Loving-kindness meditation turned out to be more effective when it comes to increasing happiness, but, in contrast with previous studies, compassion meditation also did not result in a growth of negative emotions.

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The Coronavirus Outbreak
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On December 31, 2019, the first cases of a novel coronavirus were identified in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Here, we curate a collection of news and content related to the outbreak.

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AI Bridges Multiple Sclerosis Patients to Relevant Clinical Trials
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Clinical trials are a significant milestone in the development of innovative drugs and therapies for people diagnosed with different medical conditions including multiple sclerosis (MS). In this article, we examine how technology can make it easier for people to find and enroll on clinical trials.

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Pushing the Envelope: Subcellular and High-Throughput Cell Imaging
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As microscopes have improved, so too has their resolution and their ability to image cellular substructure, even down to the single-molecule level. Researchers can now investigate the carefully orchestrated trafficking and interaction of organelles, cargo, and biomolecules that sustain cellular life.

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What's the Physiological Relevance? A Profile of Oded Rechavi
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A profile piece exploring the life and career of the molecular biologist Professor Oded Rechavi.

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The Tricky Task of Smelling and Tasting Drinking Water
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Taste and odor issues in drinking water are usually brought to the attention of water utilities by their customers, but it is often difficult for them to describe what’s wrong with their water. We look at some of the reasons why this is a problem and methods for solving it.

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Advances in Cell Line Development for Neurodegenerative Diseases
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Progression in cell line development has served as the foundation for countless discoveries and advancements in biology and biomedicine – in this article, discover how such developments are being applied in neurodegenerative disease research.

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