Tag Archives: Neurodegenerative Diseases

Further Research Backs Speculation Linking the Immune System and Parkinson’s Disease (BBC News / Nature)

Summary Further evidence has emerged suggesting that malfunctioning in the body’s immune system may contribute to the development and progression of Parkinson’s Disease. T-cells appear to attack alpha-synuclein – a protein which accumulates in Parkinson’s Disease – after confusing this … 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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Examining the Influence of Dietary Components on Metabolic Health and Ageing (Molecules)

Summary A review article examines the potential relationships between nutritional intake and general health and the ageing process. Full Text Link Reference Rescigno, T. Micolucci, L. [and] Tecce, MF. [et al] (2017). Bioactive nutrients and nutrigenomics in age-related diseases. Molecules. … Continue reading

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Conservative Manifesto on Social Care: Wiggle Room Re-Discovered to Avoid Toxic Dementia Tax (BBC News)

Summary Call it a re-balancing of emphasis, or call it a U-turn, there has been a welcome decision to consider setting an absolute maximum limit on the amount that individuals may have to contribute to their social care needs. The … Continue reading

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Conservative Manifesto on Social Care: No Solution to Dementia Tax? (BBC News)

Summary The Dilnot Commission’s recommendation, for a “cap” on each individual’s total care cost liabilities, appears to have been thwarted again. The looming probability of “catastrophic” care costs seems set to remain for persons with various long-term neurodegenerative diseases, as … Continue reading

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Earlier Diagnosis of Glaucoma – and Possibly Many Neurodegenerative Diseases – By Retinal Examination? (BBC News / NHS Choices / Brain)

Summary A fluorescent dye injected into the bloodstream may, in future, provide a convenient method of detecting glaucoma earlier – perhaps a decade before more overt symptoms and damage have had the opportunity to develop – by identifying changes in … 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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