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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Brain Research: New insights into molecular basis of memory ♦ Neurodegenerative diseases: The case of the sticky protein ♦ 'Homing' treatment could aid recovery for brain damaged patients

Brain imaging technology offers new approach for studying Parkinsonian syndromes Using a portable device, researchers have identified differences in brain activation patterns associated with postural stability in people with Parkinsonian syndromes and healthy adults. The findings describe the critical role of the prefrontal cortex in balance control and may have implications with respect to detecting and treating Parkinsonian symptoms in the elderly.
New insights into molecular basis of memory Scientists have shed new light on the molecular basis of memory. Their study confirms that the formation of memories is accompanied by an altered activity of specific genes. In addition, they found an unprecedented amount of evidence that supports the hypothesis that chemical labels on the backbone of the DNA (so-called DNA methylation) may be the molecular basis of long-term memory
'Homing' treatment could aid recovery for brain damaged patients Scientists believe they may have found a way to aid recovery and minimize the risk of life-threatening infections in patients with traumatic brain injuries.
Neurodegenerative diseases: The case of the sticky protein As interdisciplinary sleuths, medical researchers recently put together clues to solve the case of the sticky protein. This new tool opens more possibilities for studying neurodegenerative diseases like ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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