Tag Archives: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

Air Pollution Might Increase Risk of Dementia? (BBC News / Alzheimer’s Society / PNAS / NHS Choices)

Summary Particles of iron oxide (magnetite) related to air pollution have been discovered in samples of human brain tissue. There may be a weak link between air pollution-related particulates and development of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, but the evidence at … Continue reading

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Individual Differences in Rates of Ageing: Detectable Signs in Young Adults (BBC News / PNAS)

Summary An international research group investigated 18 different ageing-related traits by following 954 people from New Zealand (the Dunedin Study birth cohort) who were born in 1972-73. Multiple biomarkers were tracked, involving the ageing-related traits being checked when the group … Continue reading

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Time to Deliver on the Five Year Forward View (BBC News / NHS England / Department of Health)

Summary The seven main national health bodies (namely NHS England, Monitor, the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA), the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Public Health England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Health Education England) jointly published … Continue reading

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Possible Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Schizophrenia? (BBC News / PNAS)

Summary A “weak spot” in the brain, which may be play some common role(s) underlying both Alzheimer’s Disease and schizophrenia, appears to have been identified using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) brain scans. The brain area in question has been … Continue reading

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Stroke Brain Damage Reversed by Brain Stimulation? (BBC News / PNAS)

Summary Research at Stanford University School of Medicine, on mice, indicates that stimulation of the brain regions which control movement may help recovery from strokes. They investigated whether brain stimulation aided recovery and discovered that those animals receiving brain stimulation … Continue reading

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Neurophysiological Hub of Pessimism and Depression? (BBC News / PNAS / Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience)

Summary Researchers may have identified an area of the brain involved in the prediction of things about to go wrong or end unpleasantly. The habenula might be involved in depression; hyperactivity in this brain region may be associated with the … Continue reading

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Use of Anti-Depressants to Slow Alzheimer’s Disease Onset? (BBC News / Science Translational Medicine / PNAS)

Summary Recent research into transgenic mice (and early, small-scale investigations with people) suggests that the anti-depressant citalopram could be used to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. This work in the United States appears to show that citalopram may counteract … Continue reading

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