Tag Archives: Drosophila melanogaster

Dementia Research Centre in Wales (BBC News)

Summary A brief piece, from BBC News, on the work and aims of the £20 million Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff University. Full Text Link Reference Clarke, O. (2018). Fruit flies’ brains studied to help crack dementia. London: BBC Health … Continue reading

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Lithium and Ageing? (BBC News / Cell Reports)

Summary Low doses of the drug lithium appear to have a potential impact on prolonging longevity, in short-lived fruit flies at least (and under laboratory conditions). Full Text Link Reference Lithium study helps scientists unlock ageing puzzle. London: BBC Health … Continue reading

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Frontotemporal Dementia: Basic Disease Processes Uncovered? (Alzheimer’s Society / Journal of Cell Biology)

Summary Researchers studying the connections between neurons in fruit flies may have identified mechanisms which are involved neurodegeneration in Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). FTD affects the frontal and temporal lobes (in human brains). A protein called CHMP2B can cause neuronal connections … Continue reading

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Ibuprofen for Longevity? (NHS Choices / PLOS Genetics)

Summary The following NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal covers recent research involving yeast, microscopic worms and fruit flies, which has been misinterpreted in the press as implying that taking ibuprofen regularly might extend human lifespan (by inhibiting tryptophan … Continue reading

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Fungal Mould Implicated in Parkinson’s Disease? (NHS Choices / Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America)

Summary A recent NHS Choices critical appraisal has covered research which has been misunderstood by the media as implying that living in mouldy environments can increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease. Researchers exposed fruit flies to 1-octen-3-ol; a molecule … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Virtual Lab Tour (Alzheimer’s Research UK / Department of Health: Dementia Challenge)

Summary Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a virtual laboratory tour, entitled “The Lab”, which explains the purpose, funding and ongoing achievements of dementia research. Read more: Alzheimer’s Research UK launches virtual lab tour. Reference Alzheimer’s Research UK launches virtual lab tour. London: Department of Health, June 23rd … Continue reading

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Structure of Neurodegenerative Disease Molecule Mapped (NHS Choices / Nature / Mancunian Matters)

Summary Researchers from the University of Manchester, the University of Leicester and institutions in Portugal, France and Germany have performed early-stage research into the structure of an enzyme (Kynurenine 3-Monooxygenase, or KMO) which has been implicated in the development of … Continue reading

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