Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research. The researchers also found that living near green spaces, like parks, has protective effects against developing these neurological disorders. “For the first time, we have confirmed a link between air pollution… Read more

A biodegradable nerve guide filled with growth-promoting protein that can regenerate long sections of damaged nerves, without the need for transplanting stem cells or a donor nerve has been developed by University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers. “We’re the first to show a nerve guide without any cells was able to bridge a large… Read more

A previously unknown gene and associated protein which could potentially be suppressed to slow the advance of Alzheimer’s disease have been identified by researchers at Case Western University School of Medicine. “Based on the data we have, this protein can be an unrecognized new risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We also see this as… Read more

Neurons in the striatum, a brain area involved in controlling movement, require the huntingtin gene for regulating the body’s movements, maintaining cell health during aging, and developing functioning connections between cells, according to new work from a Duke University research team. Addressing the gene’s role in maintaining those neural connections may provide a new avenue… Read more

Bilingual speakers may benefit from protection against cognitive decline in multiple sclerosis, a new study indicates. “This is the first study that we’re aware of that has tested the idea that there is an advantage for bilinguals when it comes to neurodegenerative diseases such as MS. While most studies analyze clinical records of patients with… Read more