Researchers Make Major Brain Repair Discovery in Fight Against Multiple Sclerosis

July 12, 2017

Summary: Researchers uncover beneficial effects of immune cells in myelin repair that could reverse myelin damage in multiple sclerosis.

Source: Queen’s University Belfast

MS is the most common neurological disease affecting young adults and is the result of damage to myelin, the protective sheath surrounding nerve fibres of the central nervous system – the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve.

The research breakthrough, which has been published in Nature Neuroscience, shows that a protein made by certain cells within the immune system triggers the brain’s stem cells to mature into oligodendrocytes that repair myelin. This knowledge is essential to designing future treatments that tackle neurological diseases, such as MS, in a new way – repairing damage rather than only reducing attacks. In the future, combining these approaches will deliver better outcomes for patients.

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Sleep shrinks the brain to make room for new learning

July 9, 2017

Every day you wake up with a slightly less connected brain than the night before. New research in mice reveals that during sleep the connections between brain cells, which hold information learned throughout the day, undergo massive shrinkage. The process makes room for learning new memories while shedding weak ones. As author Marie Kondo would put it, this is the brain’s very own “life-changing magic of tidying up.”

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Univ. of Denver psychology, biology faculty team up to study brain injuries

July 5, 2017

Researchers at the University of Denver are assessing brain injuries resulting from falls in older adults, looking for ways to mitigate the damages. Their study shows that differences in age-related recovery may be linked to a critical antioxidant in the brain, glutathione, which optimizes recovery in younger adults. The goal is to test glutathione as a nutritional supplement people can take, with the goal of reducing the severity of adult brain injury.

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Neuroplasticity and Exercise Will Keep Your Brain Young and Spry

July 2, 2017

Dr. Jack Lewis offers several strategies you can employ to stall the process by which your brain shrinks toward ineffectuality.

The first is to exercise regularly. The brain thrives when steady streams of blood pump oxygen through it. Sitting at your desk 40 hours every week isn’t doing your brain any favors. Go for a long walk after work in order to feed it what it likes.

Something else you can do to keep your brain fit is to take advantage of neuroplasticity. Just as the muscles in your body get stronger when you exercise them, our brains benefit from activities that cause it to change and adapt.

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CDC reports: Alzheimer’s deaths rise 55%

June 28, 2017

“Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the United States. As more baby boomers age, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have jumped 55 percent, and in a quarter of those cases the heavy burden of caregiving has fallen on loved ones, U.S. health officials report.

“Alzheimer’s disease is a public health problem that affects not only people with Alzheimer’s disease, but also the people who provide care to them, which is often family members,” said report author Christopher Taylor. He’s an epidemiologist at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

“The number of Americans over 65 is growing rapidly, and age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, Taylor noted.”

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Direct link found between Concussions and Alzheimer’s

June 25, 2017

 

New research by the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) found that concussions will accelerate brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are already at a genetic risk for the disease.

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Managing Sensory Symptoms of MS

June 21, 2017

Sensory symptoms are among the most common symptoms of MS. Find out what triggers them and what can be done to manage them.

“Some of the most distressing and even frightening symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) are sensory disturbances — sensations that can range from numbness to tingling to burning pain. They’re also common.

“Because these sensory symptoms are caused by the nerve damage that is a part of MS, anyone with MS is at risk of developing them.

“But a range of strategies can help with managing MS sensory issues.”

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