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Microfluidics Chip Allows Modelling Of Nerve Cell Interactions

In recent years, great advancements have been made in researching technologies to study human tissues in health and disease. One area that has gathered particular interest is the field of microfluidics, which can be simply defined as a system that allows for control over delivery of small volumes of fluids. Microfluidic systems allow researchers to […]

RADAR Clinical Trial To Investigate Potential Alzheimer’s Treatment

Alzheimer’s disease is a complex disease characterised by build ups of protein plaques and tangles within and around neurons, but has multiple other components affecting disease onset and progression. One of the major components of Alzheimer’s disease is related to blood flow to and within the brain, with high blood pressure (hypertension) in midlife and […]

Why A Drug Treatment For Dementia Has Eluded Us

Finding a cure for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s is challenging. They’re difficult to diagnose, and drugs struggle to get into the brain as the brain’s blood supply is largely separate to the rest of the body. Not surprisingly, several companies have left this territory in recent years. This week, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced it […]

Mood Disorders And Epilepsy May Share Genetic Susceptibility

For the first time, scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Columbia University have found evidence that seizures and mood disorders such as depression may share the same genetic cause in some people with epilepsy. The finding may lead to better screening and treatment to improve patients’ quality of life. Physicians have long suspected there is […]

Brain Pericytes Closely Linked To Neuro-Vascular Instability

The delivery of oxygen and nutrients across the body through blood flow is crucial to maintaining healthy organs and tissues. Disruption of the blood vessels leading to and within the brain is potentially fatal, and such neurovascular dysfunction forms a major component of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and stroke. Another condition which […]