Tag Archives: University of Pennsylvania

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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Brain Cell Death Resulting From Sleep Deprivation? (BBC News / Journal of Neuroscience)

Summary There is some evidence to indicate that prolonged lack of sleep in mice may result in 25% permanent loss of certain brain cells. Full Text Link Reference Briggs, H. (2014). Lost sleep leads to loss of brain cells, study … Continue reading

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Solanezumab Trials Results for Mild-to-Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease (New England Journal of Medicine)

Summary Solanezumab is a monoclonal antibody which binds soluble amyloid preferentially and had shown some promise of promoting better clearance of amyloid-beta from the brain in pre-clinical studies. Two placebo controlled trials (EXPEDITION 1 and EXPEDITION 2) of 1012 and … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Genetics Research Breakthrough (BBC News / NHS Choices / Nature Genetics)

Summary An international collaboration of geneticists from 145 academic institutions investigating Alzheimer’s Disease have performed a meta-analysis of data about the DNA of 17,000 patients and 37,000 healthy people. Their analysis of genome-wide association studies (GWAS) has identified 21 genetic … Continue reading

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Brain Scans Distinguish Between Dementia Types (BBC News / Neurology)

Summary Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania believe they may have discovered how to distinguish between different types of dementia without the need for invasive lumbar puncture tests to obtain cerebrospinal fluid (csf). Alzheimer’s and frontotemporal dementia share similar features and symptoms and can … Continue reading

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