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MAPT Gene Variant Implicated In Frontotemporal Dementia

A lone gene mutation that causes an inherited form of frontotemporal dementia makes it harder for neurons in the brain to communicate with one another, leading to neurodegeneration, an international team of researchers, led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has found. Unlike the more common Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia tends to […]

Pyramidal Cells Regulate Neural Development Balance

Survival of neurons in mice depends on the activity of pyramidal cells in a critical window of postnatal development, a new study from King’s College London researchers indicates. The finding represents a fundamental process by which brains are built, and may have profound implications for understanding neurodevelopmental conditions like autism and epilepsy. The study also […]

Early Life Psychosocial Stress Can Alter Body’s Organs

Evidence suggesting emotional stress in infancy has significant and far-reaching effects on the body, and could result in disease later in life, has been found. Psychological stress in infancy dramatically changes the amount of an important class of proteins, called GABAA receptors, which in turn may alter the workings of the heart, lungs, kidneys and […]