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News & Views: A teenager develops a test that can diagnose Alzheimer’s before symptoms
Posted on July 23, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Final Project, ND Lesson2-5, ND Unit2, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

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A teenager from the U.K. has designed what could be a minimally invasive test that offers an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Grammar school student Krtin Nithiyanandam from Surrey is one of 90 regional finalists in the 2015 Google Science Fair.

Read more at iflscience.com.

News & Views: Younger adults with Alzheimer’s are key to drug search
Posted on by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Final Project, ND Lesson2-5, ND Unit2, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

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A very rare genetic mutation causes some people to develop Alzheimer’s in their 30s. It also makes these people the ideal candidates for tests of potential Alzheimer’s drugs.

Read more at NPR.org.

News & Views: Alzheimer’s drugs in the works might treat other diseases, too
Posted on July 22, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Lesson2-5, ND Unit2, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

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By targeting the process that creates toxic clumps of protein in brain cells, scientists hope to help not just Alzheimer’s patients, but perhaps also people with Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s.

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News & Views: Women’s brains appear more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s than men’s
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Researchers at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference say there’s growing evidence that women are more likely than men of the same age to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Read more at NPR.org.

News & Views: New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function in mice
Posted on June 26, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Lesson2-5, ND Unit2, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

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Researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques, which are the structures that are responsible for memory loss and decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back, according to the study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine earlier this week.

Read more at ScienceAlert.com.

News & Views: Are some teens brains hardwired to make risky choices?
Posted on June 18, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Lesson2-3, ND Unit1, ND Unit2, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

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Some young people are especially prone to making rash, risky decisions about sex, drugs and alcohol. Individual differences in the brain’s working memory — which allows people to draw on and use information to make decisions — could help explain why some adolescents are especially impulsive when it comes to sex, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Child Development.

Read more at NPR.org.

News & Views: Distracted behind the wheel: Teens say they change clothes and do homework while driving
Posted on March 19, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Lesson2-3, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

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Teens do understand that texting while behind the wheel is dangerous. But putting on makeup and contacting lenses at 65 mph? No problem. Researchers in Oregon are trying to train teenagers on the risks of multitasking.

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News & Views: Mad cow research hints at ways to halt Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s
Posted on March 18, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Lesson2-5, ND Unit2, Neurological Disorders | | Add comment |

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Alzheimer’s, Parkison’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ravage the brain in very different ways. But they have at least one thing in common, says Corinne Lasmezas, a neuroscientist and professor at Scripps Research Institute. Each spreads from brain cell to brain cell like an infection.

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News & Views: And the Nobel Prize Goes to…
Posted on November 22, 2013 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Lesson2-4, ND Lesson3-2, ND Unit2, ND Unit3, Neurological Disorders, News | | Add comment |

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This year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine has been awarded to three scientists who helped us understand how our cells communicate. The research, conducted over the last 30 years, has broad reaching implications including links to neurodegenerative diseases, cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophies and some autoimmune disorders.

Read more at NPR’s coverage: Nobel Winners Decoded How Neurons Talk to Each Other

News & Views: NFL Settles Lawsuit
Posted on by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ND Lesson2-5, ND Unit2, Neurological Disorders, News | | Add comment |

The NFL has agreed to pay $765 million dollars to resolve a lawsuit brought by over 4,500 ex-players and their families, accusing the league of concealing the dangers of repeated head trauma. The money will go to players or families of players who sustained cognitive injury as well as to funding scientific research. The league has denied any wrongdoing and insists that safety has always been a top priority, but research has indicated a link between repeated head trauma and development of brain disorders, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), depression and Alzheimer’s disease.

Read more at NYTimes coverage: NFL Settles Lawsuit