Category Archives: Animal Studies

Animal Studies

New Uncertainties Around Irreversible Brain Cell Death Following Oxygen Deprivation? (BBC News / Nature)

Summary Conventional medical wisdom holds that brain cells and working brain circuitry are prone to irreversible damage following merely minutes of interrupted blood flow and disrupted oxygen supply. Researchers at Yale University used an extracorporeal pulsatile-perfusion system to restore circulation in … Continue reading

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Further Evidence on the Association Between Poor Oral Health and the Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease. New Possibilities for Treatment? (BBC News / Science Advances)

Summary Analysis of brain tissue, spinal fluid, and saliva from persons with Alzheimer’s Disease indicates the presence of Porphyromonas gingivalis (the bacterium associated with chronic gum disease) in the brain and central nervous system. Animal research using mice indicates that … Continue reading

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Vitamin D May Not Offer Protection Against Neurological Diseases? (NHS Choices / Nutritional Neuroscience / BJPsych Open)

Summary A recent systematic review of studies into the role of Vitamin D exposure levels / deficiency or supplementation in four neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s Disease) found little conclusive evidence for any … Continue reading

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Animal Study Explores the Potential of a Novel Diabetes Drug for Reducing Memory Loss in Dementia – In Mice (NHS Choices / Brain Research)

Summary Early animal research indicates that a new drug designed for the future treatment of diabetes may (one day) have an alternative re-use for reducing the memory-loss symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. Mice given a modified version of a so-called triple … Continue reading

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Grounds for Cautious Optimism Regarding Two Drugs Re-Purposed for Neurodegenerative Diseases? (BBC News / MRC / NHS Choices / Brain)

Summary Animal research, involving mice, has indicated promising results for the potential of two re-purposed drugs in helping to slow or halt the progression of a number of neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. “The best known drug of the pair … Continue reading

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Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Week 2017 (BBC News / Nature Biotechnology / Parkinson’s UK)

Summary Researchers hope one day to be able to replace the damaged dopamine-producing neurons at the root-cause of by Parkinson’s Disease by injecting new replacement brain cells, possibly derived from re-programmed astrocytes. Full Text Link Reference Brain cell therapy ‘promising’ … Continue reading

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Potential Relationship Between Vitamin A Deficiency and Alzheimer’s Disease Risk? (NHS Choices / Acta Neuropathologica)

Summary NHS Choices’ Behind the Headlines covers Chinese and Canadian research, based on both humans and animals, indicating potential associations between Vitamin A deficiency and later development of Alzheimer’s Disease. “ …vitamin A deficiency is a problem in the developing … Continue reading

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