Neurology News

Researchers identify new gene that may increase risk of ALS

16 Jun 2021

Researchers have identified a new gene that may increase a person’s risk of developing ALS, according to a new study. The gene, called TP73, produces a protein to help regulate the life cycle of a cell. 

New study gives clue to the cause, and possible treatment of Parkinson's Disease

10 Jun 2021

Researchers from Brain Research Institute, Niigata University, Japan may have unraveled a new approach that could revolutionize the treatment, prevention, and possibly reversal of the damages that could lead to Parkinson's Disease (PD). This novel finding utilizing the cellular and zebrafish models, demonstrated how the leakage of mitochondrial dsDNA into the cytosol environment of the cell can contribute to the impairment of brain tissue of patients with PD.

Human brain replays new memories at 20 times the speed during waking rest

8 Jun 2021

Neural replay during waking rest may contribute to memory consolidation of action sequences in humans, according to a study published June 8 in the journal Cell Reports. Brain imaging results revealed fast, repeated reactivation of a neural network representing a behavioral sequence that people were learning--approximately 20 times the speed of the new memory--especially while they were taking breaks from practice.

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval for Alzheimer’s Drug

7 Jun 2021

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Aduhelm (aducanumab) for the treatment of Alzheimer’s, a debilitating disease affecting 6.2 million Americans. Aduhelm was approved using the accelerated approval pathway, which can be used for a drug for a serious or life-threatening illness that provides a meaningful therapeutic advantage over existing treatments.

Scientists discover a new genetic form of ALS in children

31 May 2021

NIH researchers discovered a new form of ALS that begins in childhood. The NIH- and USU- led study linked the disease to a fat manufacturing gene called SPLTC1.

Roots of major depression revealed in all its genetic complexity

27 May 2021

The results of a study at Yale University School of Medicine and University of California-San Diego (UCSD), may one day help identify people most at risk of depression and related psychiatric disorders and help doctors prescribe drugs best suited to treat the disorder.

Concussion with loss of consciousness may be linked to life with some disability

26 May 2021

People who have had a concussion where they lost consciousness may be more likely to have some disability or limitations later in life--such as difficulty walking or limitations in the amount or type of work they can do--than people who have never had a concussion.

New insight into protein production in brain could help tackle dementia

19 May 2021

A pioneering new study led by UCL scientists has revealed, for the first time, a layer of genetic material involved in controlling the production of tau; a protein which plays a critical role in serious degenerative conditions, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Why Do Some Neurons Degenerate and Die in Alzheimer’s Disease, but Not Others?

6 May 2021

Researchers at Gladstone Institutes have uncovered molecular clues that help explain what makes some neurons more susceptible than others in Alzheimer’s disease.

WHO, Germany launch new global hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence

5 May 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Federal Republic of Germany will establish a new global hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence, data, surveillance and analytics innovation. The Hub, based in Berlin and working with partners around the world, will lead innovations in data analytics across the largest network of global data to predict, prevent, detect prepare for and respond to pandemic and epidemic risks worldwide.