Study Finds Fatty Acid That Kills Cancer Cells

A fatty acid known as dihomogamma-linolenic acid, or DGLA, can kill human cancer cells, according to new research. The study, published in Developmental Cell, found that DGLA can induce ferroptosis in an animal model and in actual human cancer cells. Ferroptosis is an iron-dependent type of cell death that was…Continue readingStudy Finds Fatty Acid That Kills Cancer Cells

Parkinson’s Disease May Begin Before Birth

People who develop Parkinson’s disease before age 50 may have been born with disordered brain cells that went undetected for decades, research from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center suggests. The study reports on a drug that potentially might help correct these disease processes. Although most Parkinson’s patients are 60 or older when…Continue readingParkinson’s Disease May Begin Before Birth

Blocking Thrombin Receptor Switches On Myelin Regeneration

A molecular switch can turn on a substance in animals that repairs neurological damage in disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered. The early research in animal models could advance an already approved Food and Drug Administration therapy and also could lead to new strategies for…Continue readingBlocking Thrombin Receptor Switches On Myelin Regeneration

Antibiotics Could Be Treatment For Frontotemporal Dementia

A class of antibiotics called aminoglycosides could be a promising treatment for frontotemporal dementia, researchers at the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine have found. Frontotemporal dementia is the second-most common dementia after Alzheimer’s disease and the most common type of early onset dementia. It typically begins between ages 40…Continue readingAntibiotics Could Be Treatment For Frontotemporal Dementia

Brain Receptor Thought To Be Linked To Negative Moods Identified

A receptor believed to be linked to negative moods, in a part of the brain that is little-understood, has been uncovered by an international research team. The discovery[1] could lead to more targeted medications. The pea-sized receptor was found in a little-studied region in the center of the human brain,…Continue readingBrain Receptor Thought To Be Linked To Negative Moods Identified

Anti-inflammatory Agents Can Safely Suppress Major Depression Symptoms

Anti-inflammatory agents, such as aspirin/paracetamol, statins, and antibiotics, can safely and effectively curb the symptoms of major depression, finds a newly published meta-analysis of the available evidence. And the effects are even stronger when these agents are added on to standard antidepressant treatment, the results show. Around a third of…Continue readingAnti-inflammatory Agents Can Safely Suppress Major Depression Symptoms

Brain Tissue Kept Alive For Weeks On Artificial Membrane

A new system for keeping tissue viable for long-term study once transferred from an animal to a culture medium has been developed by researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Japan. The new system[1] uses a microfluidic device that can keep tissue from both drying out and…Continue readingBrain Tissue Kept Alive For Weeks On Artificial Membrane