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Recreational Cannabis Use May Decrease Risk of Cognitive Decline

A new study by Upstate Medical University researchers shows that recreational cannabis use may offer some protection against cognitive decline.
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Study Finds No Link Between Paracetomol Use During Pregnancy and Autism or ADHD

In the largest epidemiologic study to date of the risk of giving birth to a child with autism, ADHD or intellectual disability following acetaminophen use during pregnancy, researchers found no association.
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Large-Scale Study Highlights Importance of Touch for Wellbeing

Can touch really help you feel better, and does it matter who it’s from or how they touch you? A large-scale study shows touch substantially improves both physical and mental wellbeing.
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ALS Drug Pulled From Market After Disappointing Trial Results

The amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) drug Relyvrio has been pulled from US and Canadian markets by its maker, Amylyx Pharmaceuticals, after topline trial data showed it worked no better than a placebo.
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New Method Measures Protein Expression in Neurons

Northwestern Medicine investigators have developed a method to measure protein expression in an individual neuron, a discovery that will enable scientists to study how this process goes awry in disease.
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Protein Linked to Early Onset Dementia

Researchers have known that a less common protective variant of a gene called TMEM106B may slow disease progression, and now they have new insight into how parts of the protein produced by the TMEM106B gene may increase risk.
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Understanding the Genetics of Alcohol Consumption

A research group has drilled deep into a dataset of over 3 million individuals and found intriguing connections between genetic factors influencing alcohol consumption and their relationship with other disorders.
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Stool Transplant Improves Motor Function in Parkinson's Disease Patients

Fecal microbiota transplantation improves motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease patients after 12 months. That's according to data from the GUT-PARFECT trial that recruited 46 Parkinson's disease patient.
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Novel Blood Test Provides Insights Into the Role of Epstein-Barr Virus in MS

Scientists have developed a novel blood test to measure the immune response to the Epstein-Barr virus, the leading risk factor for developing multiple sclerosis. The test has the potential to be applied in clinical trials that target the virus.
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Progressive Neurodegenerative Diseases Can Be Triggered by Viral Infections

Scientists report that a specific gene variant affecting the mitochondria disturbs antiviral defense responses. The results implicate that viral infections can trigger and modify symptoms of neurological diseases.
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