Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation For Stroke Recovery

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Administering an electric current to the brain can assist in stroke recovery, Oxford University researchers have found. A team from Oxford's Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, led by Professor Heidi Johansen-Berg and Dr Charlotte Stagg, studied the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to support rehabilitation training. The technique involves placing electrodes on the …

Neuroprotective Effects of Calorie Restriction In Parkinson’s

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Reducing a person's calorie intake can protect against the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's Disease. But why this happens has remained a mystery. Until now. Researchers led by Associate Professor Zane Andrews from the Monash University Biomedicine Discovery Institute, have discovered the way this calorie reduction neuro-protection works – opening up the way …

How Cerebral Cortex Malformations Link To Epilepsy Occurrence

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Why does a structural irregularity in the temporal lobe make humans more susceptible to epileptic seizures? Experts have been searching for the answer to this question for a long time. A group of scientists at the Freiburg University Medical Center consisting of members of the University of Freiburg's Cluster of Excellence Brain Links-Brain Tools has …

Migraines Worsen As Women Approach Menopause, Study Affirms

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Migraine headaches heat up as women approach menopause, finds a new study from researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC), Montefiore Headache Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Vedanta Research. Vincent Martin, MD, professor of internal medicine in UC's Division of General Internal Medicine and co-director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at …

Immune Gene Prevents Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia

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An estimated seven to ten million people worldwide are living with Parkinson's disease (PD), which is an incurable and progressive disease of the nervous system affecting movement and cognitive function. More than half of PD patients develop progressive disease showing signs of dementia similar to Alzheimer's disease. A research team at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, …

Yeast Protein Could Offer Clues Alzheimer’s Plaques Formation

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Fibrous protein clumps known as amyloids are most often associated with diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, where they form characteristic plaques in the brain. Scientists first described amyloids about 150 years ago; they have since been tagged as key players in Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as Alzheimer's. However, recent findings …