Tag Archives: UCL Institute of Neurology

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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Heading Footballs Associated With Dementia / CTE ? (BBC News / Acta Neuropathologica / NHS Choices)

Summary Further evidence has emerged concerning a potential association between the practice of heading footballs and a heightened risk of long-term brain damage. This research is based on examination of the brains of small numbers of (mostly) professional footballers who … 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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Chief Medical Officer Appoints Professor Rossor as NIHR National Director for Dementia Research (UCL / NIHR)

Summary Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, has appointed Professor Martin Rossor of the UCL Institute of Neurology as the new NIHR National Director for Dementia Research. The plan is to facilitate and support the Department of Health’s research commitments … Continue reading

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Early Onset Dementia Underdiagnosed? (BBC News / Alzheimers Society)

Summary Not enough is being done to diagnose younger people with early onset dementia, the Alzheimer’s Society alerts. Read more: BBC News. Early onset dementia help needed, says Alzheimers Society. Reference Early onset dementia help needed, says Alzheimer’s Society. London: BBC Health … Continue reading

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Estimates of vCJD Carriers in UK Double (BBC News / NHS Choices / BMJ)

Summary A study of 32,000 human appendix samples from 41 hospitals in the UK indicates that 1 in 2,000 British people may be carrying the abnormal prions associated with variant CJD (the human form of “mad cow” disease). It is … Continue reading

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