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A multicenter trial looking at whether a single dose of millions of adult, bone-marrow-derived stem cells can aid stroke recovery indicates it's safe and well-tolerated by patients but may not significantly improve their recovery within the first three months, researchers report. However, the trial does provide evidence that giving the therapy early -- within the first 36 hours after stroke symptoms surface -- may enhance physical recovery by reducing destructive inflammation as well as the…
An analysis of more than 3,400 PD patients has shown that a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity results in much slower declines in quality of life and mobility over two years, compared to those who exercise less. Learn how to slow down if not stop PD in its tracks from this path-breaking study Read more...
Since there are dozens of mutations associated with PD, the world is moving rapidly towards personalised medicine, an approach that factors in the unique genetic and molecular blueprint of each patient. Read about the most promising personalised therapies emerging around the world…therapies that may finally crack the PD puzzle and produce a cure Read more...
Saturday, 08 April 2017 14:50

Deep brain stimulation stirs new hope

Read how a DBS implant, similar to a pacemaker, has altered the lives of thousands of Parkinson’s patients worldwide. A DBS implant stimulates areas of the brain causing neurological and motor symptoms. This is still not a cure, but DBS does come with the promise of giving PD patients far greater mobility and improved quality of life… Read more...
Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system where the immune system starts attacking the body, known as auto immunity. According to a new study carried out on twenty-four patients across three Canadian hospitals Stem cell transplants can reign in the effects of multiple sclerosis.. In this treatment the immune system of the patients was destroyed using the Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (aHSCT) method with an aggressive form of chemotherapy and then…
A study on Parkinson's disease, conducted by researchers and a global network of scientists at Northwestern University throws light on how the disease develops and the way it can be treated in the future. According to the findings of the study a mutation in the gene TMEM230 brings about Parkinson's disease. It is associated with a cross- membrane protein that surrounds synaptic vesicles ,which are tiny sacks that store neurotransmitters before they are released to…
Glioblastoma to date remains the deadliest and most aggressive cancerous brain tumour resisting all currently available treatments. A study by Canadian team of scientists has spearheaded brain cancer research into the field of neuro degenerative medicine and neuro-chemical signalling. New connects between glioblastoma and dopamine have been explored. It is a well established fact that a severe neurodegenerative condition known as Parkinson's disease occurs if the levels of dopamine dip in the brain or if…
Male rat pups have more of a specific brain protein associated with language development than females, according to a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience. The study also found sex differences in the brain protein in a small group of children. The findings may shed light on sex differences in communication in animals and language acquisition in people. Sex differences in early language acquisition and development in children are well documented — on average,…
Seniors who have spoken two languages since childhood are faster than single-language speakers at switching from one task to another, according to a study published in the January 9 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Compared to their monolingual peers, lifelong bilinguals also show different patterns of brain activity when making the switch, the study found. The findings suggest the value of regular stimulating mental activity across the lifetime. As people age, cognitive flexibility —…
Animal study shows genes involved in brain repair, growth turned on during slumber Myelinated fibers in the mouse cerebral cortex Sleep increases the reproduction of the cells that go on to form the insulating material on nerve cell projections in the brain and spinal cord known as myelin, according to an animal study published in the September 4 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. This photo shows myelinated fibers in the mouse cerebral cortex (myelin…