Tag Archives: Neurodegenerative Diseases

Deep Brain Stimulation for Improving Symptoms in Alzheimer’s Disease (BBC News)

Summary A brief BBC News item explores the potential of deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for improving wellbeing and cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. “Although we are not talking about treating the Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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No Room For Complacency Regarding Population Subclinical vCJD? (PLoS Pathogens)

Summary After a near-miss mini-epidemic of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) in the 1990s, experts caution that: “It is essential that we do not become complacent and continue both surveillance and risk management strategies in both human and animal prion diseases”. … 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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Mid-Life Blood Test for Inflammation May Predict Later-Life Dementia Risk? (NHS Choices / Neurology)

Summary Higher inflammatory marker scores in middle age, based on five blood-based markers of inflammation (fibrinogen, albumin, von Willebrand factor, factor VIII and white blood cell count) appear to be associated with reduced brain volume (thought to be neurodegenerative “shrinkage”) … Continue reading

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Research Towards a World Without Dementia: Marking World Alzheimer’s Day / World Alzheimer’s Month 2017 (Alzheimer’s Disease International / Department of Health)

Summary Information is available from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) concerning World Alzheimer’s Month (September) and World Alzheimer’s Day 2017, which was on September 21st 2017. The theme for this year’s World Alzheimer’s Month campaign is again “Remember Me”. The UK … Continue reading

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Early Research on Stress and Social Disadvantage as Potential Risk Factors (BBC News / AAIC)

Summary Early research findings presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London suggest that stressful life events, and more generally the chronic stress of enduring social deprivation life-long, may age the brain. The researchers claim that extremely stressful experiences … Continue reading

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Dementia with Lewy Bodies: Updated DLB Consortium Diagnosis and Management Consensus Report (Neurology)

Summary The Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) Consortium has published an updated set of recommendations on diagnosis and management of DLB. Clinical features and diagnostic biomarkers are covered, with guidance on their interpretation. Previously omitted aspects of Lewy-related pathology are … Continue reading

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