Tag Archives: Huntington’s Disease

Pan-Neurological Statistics for England (Neurological Alliance)

Summary The Neurological Alliance’s latest report provides a round-up of estimates for the prevalence of a range of neurological disorders. There are about 14.7 million neurological cases (one in six people) in the UK, and yet: “ …the NHS Long … Continue reading

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The Most Significant Breakthrough in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases in Fifty Years? (BBC News / UCL)

Summary An experimental drug for the treatment of Huntington’s Disease shows early signs of being able to lower the level of misfolded proteins (safely) in the brains of patients, thereby having the potential to slow or halt the progression of … Continue reading

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Huntington’s Disease: a Blood Test “Speedometer”? (BBC News / Lancet Neurology)

Summary Early research shows promise that a protein biomarker in the blood, called neurofilament light chain (NFL), which is released from damaged brain cells in Huntington’s Disease, may be the basis for a blood test able to predict whether people … 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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Unexpected Antisocial Behaviour / Criminality: a Potential Indicator of Frontotemporal Dementia? (JAMA Neurology / BBC News / NHS Choices)

Summary The authors of this article investigated criminal behavior among patients diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia and Alzheimer Disease to understand how these disorders can result differentially in antisocial and criminal behaviour. A retrospective medical record review of 2397 patients covered … Continue reading

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Compendium of Neurology Data for England: 2012-13 (HSCIC)

Summary The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has published a report on neurology, summarising information about the number of neurologists working in the NHS, prescription items for treating neurological illnesses, neurology-related hospital admissions and outpatient appointments, plus data … Continue reading

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Problem Gambling Briefing (LGA / PHE / BBC News / Various)

Summary International evidence indicates that the increasing availability of gambling opportunities is associated with an increase in problem gambling. This briefing from the Local Government Association (LGA) and Public Health England (PHE) offers advice for local government on reducing the problems … Continue reading

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Giant Steps: Re-Tracing the Development of a Promising Research Approach

Summary Following the announcement earlier this week of a probable (if still early-stage) historic breakthrough in finding a potential approach to preventing neurodegeneration across Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Diseases, readers may be interested in viewing the publication history of research … Continue reading

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Breakthrough Discovery of Chemical to Prevent Neurodegeneration Across Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s Diseases (BBC News / NHS Choices / Science Translational Medicine)

Summary A chemical substance has been identified which shows signs of being able to halt a range of neurodegenerative diseases in mice. This may well be a historic event in research, although more research is required; the development of drug treatments … 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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