Tag Archives: Neuroprotection

Nutritional and Dietary Factors Likely to Influence Future Risk of Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (Lancet Neurology / BBC News / BNF)

Summary A Lancet Neurology review covers what is currently known about the various associations between diet and nutrition and the risk of developing cognitive decline or dementia. Unfortunately, access to the full-text will not be available freely for most readers, … Continue reading

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Vitamin D May Not Offer Protection Against Neurological Diseases? (NHS Choices / Nutritional Neuroscience / BJPsych Open)

Summary A recent systematic review of studies into the role of Vitamin D exposure levels / deficiency or supplementation in four neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s Disease) found little conclusive evidence for any … Continue reading

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Further Brief Insights Into the Potentially Neuroprotective Benefits of Certain Foods (BBC News / Scientific Reports / ARUK / AAIC)

Summary There is evidence to suggest that the protein β-parvalbumin found in fish inhibits the formation of α-synuclein (the protein present in Parkinson’s Disease). The cross-reaction of β-parvalbumin and human amyloidogenic proteins may explain at least some of the health … Continue reading

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Exploring the Value and Benefits of Music for People With Dementia (ILC-UK / Commission on Dementia and Music)

Summary A report from the International Longevity Centre UK covers the potential roles of therapeutic music services, and digital music streaming technologies, for people living with dementia. “If music publishers and streaming platforms could make music available for free or … Continue reading

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Animal Study Explores the Potential of a Novel Diabetes Drug for Reducing Memory Loss in Dementia – In Mice (NHS Choices / Brain Research)

Summary Early animal research indicates that a new drug designed for the future treatment of diabetes may (one day) have an alternative re-use for reducing the memory-loss symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. Mice given a modified version of a so-called triple … 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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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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Evolutionary Mutation of Human Prion Protein May Prevent Prion Diseases? (NHS Choices / BBC News / Nature)

Summary A natural human mutation (called V127) in the gene encoding prion protein may offer resistance to CJD. A study using mice with this genetic mutation appears to confirm resistance to prion diseases. This finding may in future help in … Continue reading

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Hibernation Offers Clues? (BBC News / Nature)

Summary It is possible that light may be shed on the prevention (or possibly the reversal, allegedly) of neurodegenerative diseases, based on insights derived from the regenerative power at work in hibernating animals. Full Text Link Reference Gallagher, J. (2015). … 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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