Author Archives: Patricia Silva PhD

New Study Data Released on Therapeutic Agents For a Range of Brain Diseases

New encouraging data on novel therapeutic drugs targeting components affected in several brain diseases linked to dementia have been recently presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2015 (AAIC 2015) in Washington, D.C. The brain diseases considered included Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy Body dementia. All three conditions…

Study Suggests Parkinson’s Disease May Start in The Gut

Researchers at Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark recently reported new evidence that Parkinson’s disease development may actually start in the gut. The study entitled “Vagotomy and subsequent risk of Parkinson’s disease” was published in the journal Annals of Neurology.

Gene Therapy Found to Prevent Parkinson’s Disease in Rats

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in Pennsylvania recently revealed that a gene therapy strategy targeting a key protein in Parkinson’s disease pathology – alpha-synuclein – can prevent disease development in a rat model. The study is entitled “…

Astrocytes Play a Role in Neurodegenerative Diseases

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, discovered that specific cells in the brain called astrocytes develop an exaggerated reaction to inflammation in the context of neurodegenerative diseases. The study was recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience and is entitled “Astrocytes Are Primed by…

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