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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Brain Research: Luminescent nanoparticles to image brain function ♦ Using light to treat Alzheimer's disease ♦ Brain structure may be root of apathy

Parkinson's disease: A new tool for healthcare professionals aims to improve diagnosis and advance treatment A group of experts has developed a new tool for healthcare professionals that they hope will mark a significant advancement in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's disease, especially in its early stages. The results of their study could also have a major impact on the quality of research on Parkinson's disease.
Brain structure may be root of apathy Scientists have found evidence of a biological basis for apathy in healthy people. Research could shed light on the way some people become pathologically apathetic, for example after a stroke or with Alzheimer's disease.

Using light to treat Alzheimer's disease Medical application of photoactive chemicals offers a promising therapeutic strategy for neurodegenerative diseases.
Navy researchers recruit luminescent nanoparticles to image brain function Scientists are on pace to develop the next generation of functional materials that could enable the mapping of the complex neural connections in the brain. The ultimate goal is to better understand how the billions of neurons in the brain communicate with one another during normal brain function, or dysfunction, as result of injury or disease.





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