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Can The Immune System Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease?

The amyloid hypothesis has been central to Alzheimer’s research for the last decades. It postulates that Alzheimer’s disease derives from the accumulation of the amyloid-beta peptide (A-beta), leading to the deposition of neurofibrillary tangles, made up from the microtubule-associated protein tau. But Alzheimer’s disease is also characterized by an inflammatory response, primarily driven by the […]

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Uncovering the Secrets of Memory to Reverse Damage in Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer&8217;s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, and seeing a loved one gradually lose control over his life and relationships, fail to recognize you, and become dependent on others just to carry out simple daily tasks is very painful. Alzheimer&8217;s disease-associated dementia is so common that it has come to be viewed as a normal consequence […]

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Hidden Brain Podcast Review – Harnessing the Power of Our Brain’s Unconscious Mind

A brand new NPR podcast, Hidden Brain, reveals the unseen patterns in our lives, where our unconscious mind plays a phenomenal role in our day to day behavior. The magic of this podcast is that simply learning about the hidden forces that shape our perceptions, behaviors and thoughts can provide the insight needed to change […]

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Is It Possible to End the Stigma of ID/DD?

Lazy, burdensome, violent. Dangerous. These are all words used to describe those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD), especially adults. &8230; [visit site to read more]

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Mobile Phones and Cancer – No Connection?

Mobile phones are pretty much ubiquitous. And so are discussions on the adverse health effects of electromagnetic fields associated with cell phone radiation. &8230; [visit site to read more]

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Best and Worst in Psychology and Psychiatry – September 2015

Over 5,000 psychology and psychiatry research studies are published in high ranking journals every month. That&8217;s far too many for a single person to read, digest and assimilate and still have some spare time on their hands. As is custom in our monthly roundups, we have sieved through the mass of research to bring you […]

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Glioblastoma – Are Cancer Stem Cells The Ultimate Target?

A glioma is a type of tumor that arises from glial cells in the central nervous system. The yearly incidence of primary malignant brain tumors is around 5 or 6 in 100,000 people, of which about 80% are malignant gliomas. Although they may develop at any age, their peak incidence is in the fifth and sixth decades of life. &8230; […]

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How the Brain Recognizes Faces

Face perception has played a central role for social interaction for millions of years, informing us about the identity, age, gender, mood, attractiveness, race and friendliness of a person. Scientists have suggested that facial recognition is a complex process, and it provides important access to the understanding of human brain function. &8230; [visit site to […]

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Higher Highs and Lower Lows – There’s a Gene for That

Researchers have uncovered a gene that influences how deeply life experiences will effect a person, and the discovery challenges traditional thinking about genes as risk factors for depression. The gene makes some people more susceptible to depressive disorders after traumatic life events, and the same gene can help some people thrive in positive situations. &8230; […]

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Best and Worst of Health and Healthcare – September 2015

Last month was highly prolific in Alzheimer’s disease research – pathological mechanisms were described, detection tools were evaluated, and therapeutic targets were unraveled. But it was not all about Alzheimer’s. Here is the best and worst news I came across within September. &8230; [visit site to read more]

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Predicting change in the Alzheimer’s brain

MIT researchers are developing a computer system that uses genetic, demographic, and clinical data to help predict the effects of disease on brain anatomy. In experiments, they trained a machine-learning system on MRI data from patients with neurodegenerative diseases and found that supplementing that training with other patient information improved the system’s predictions. In the […]

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Join the World Mental Health Day 2015 Movement #IAmStigmaFree

Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 people live with a mental illness worldwide? And that simply by learning and talking more about mental health you could help millions of people around the world? This is the message behind this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW, October 5th-11th), which also encompasses this Saturday&8217;s World […]

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