Tag Archives: Neurology

Fourth Annual Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Think Tank (Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience / International Journal of Neuroscience)

Summary An annual round-up of developments in the field of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS). (x3). Full Text Link Reference Deeb, W. Giordano, JJ. [and] Rossi, PJ. [et al] (2016). Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Deep Brain Stimulation Think Tank: a … Continue reading

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Future Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (MRC / Guardian / JAMA Neurology)

Summary Professor Bart De Strooper has been appointed as the Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI). Prof. De Strooper currently leads the Laboratory for the Research of Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Leuven and is scientific … Continue reading

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Altered Humour Predicts Behavioural Variant Frontotemporal Dementia? (BBC News / MRC / JAD / Cortex)

Summary Researchers at University College London are interested in whether sense of humour changes might help predict frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Their latest paper suggests that changes in sense of humour can be an early sign of this type of dementia, … Continue reading

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Incidence of Dementia May Be Decreasing Slightly – Relative to Previously Expected Rates (BBC News / Lancet Neurology)

Summary The prevalence of dementia in western Europe may be increasing less rapidly than previously predicted. The reason(s) why rates of dementia may be levelling-off, or even falling, is not certain; but improvements in general wellbeing and ongoing work towards … Continue reading

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Cognitive Reserve: the Benefits of Mentally Challenging Occupations and Bilingualism (Daily Mail / Neurology / CMAJ / Neuropsychology)

Summary Research published in the Neurology journal suggests that having a challenging occupation can potentially halve the rate of decline in memory and thinking capacity in later life, compared to pursuing mentally undemanding work. Workers performing complex jobs (such as … 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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