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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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Disturbed Gut Flora in Early Years Linked to Autism

Disturbed gut flora during the first years of life is associated with diagnoses such as autism and ADHD later in life. This is according to a study led by researchers at the University of Florida and Linköping University.
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RNA Molecules in Brain Nerve Cells Display Lifelong Stability

Certain RNA molecules in the nerve cells in the brain last a lifetime without being renewed, reports a new study that hopes to decipher the complex aging process in the brain.
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New Study Reveals Lifelong Persistence of Key RNA Molecules in Nerve Cells

For the first time in mammals, the study shows that RNA, an essential group of molecules important for various biological processes inside the cell, can persist throughout life.
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Genetic Variants in Two Genes Finds Six-Fold Impact on Obesity Risk

Cambridge researchers have identified genetic variants in two genes that have some of the largest impacts on obesity risk discovered to date.
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Aging-Related Risk Factors for Dementia Revealed in Study

Researchers have used data from UK Biobank participants to reveal that diabetes, traffic-related air pollution and alcohol intake are the most harmful out of 15 modifiable risk factors for dementia.
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Diabetes Drug Shows Promise for Parkinson’s Disease in Trial

Results from a Phase 2 clinical trial suggest that lixisenatide – a drug used to treat type 2 diabetes – may also slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease symptoms.
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Distinct Brain Mechanisms for Emotion Generation and Regulation Identified

Researchers have identified multiple brain regions that are unique to regulating emotions. The study is among the first of its kind to separate activity relating to emotion generation from emotion regulation in the human brain.
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Even Moderate Alcohol Use During Pregnancy Linked to Birth Abnormalities

Even low to moderate alcohol use during pregnancy can contribute to subtle changes in babies' prenatal development, including lower birth length and a shorter duration of gestation.
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