A New Way To Study HIV’s Impact On The Brain

Though many negative repercussions of human immunodeficiency virus infection can be mitigated with the use of antiretroviral therapy (ART), one area where medical advances haven’t made as much progress is in the reduction of cognitive impacts. Half of HIV patients have HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND), which can manifest in a…Continue readingA New Way To Study HIV’s Impact On The Brain

A Possible Medicinal Cannabis Alternative For Treating Parkinson’s Disease

A drug that brings the benefits gained from medical cannabis without the “high” or other side effects may help to unlock a new treatment for Parkinson’s disease. The drug, known as HU-308, reduces devastating involuntary movements called dyskinesias, a side effect from years of treatment for Parkinson’s disease. “Our study…Continue readingA Possible Medicinal Cannabis Alternative For Treating Parkinson’s Disease

Drugs That Subdue Brain Inflammation Slow Cognitive Decline

Drugs that quell inflammation in the brain could slow or even reverse the cognitive decline that comes with age. Senile mice given one such drug had fewer signs of brain inflammation and were better able to learn new tasks, becoming almost as adept as mice half their age. “We tend…Continue readingDrugs That Subdue Brain Inflammation Slow Cognitive Decline

Inflammation Plays Major Role In Neural Tau Accumulation

Inflammation drives the progression of neurodegenerative brain diseases and plays a major role in the accumulation of tau proteins within neurons, research indicates[1]. The findings, from an international research team led by the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the University of Bonn, are based on the analyses of…Continue readingInflammation Plays Major Role In Neural Tau Accumulation

Brain Fog Linked To Inflammatory Response

Inflammation appears to have a particular negative impact on the brain’s readiness to reach and maintain an alert state, according to scientists at the University of Birmingham in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam. “Scientists have long suspected a link between inflammation and cognition, but it is very difficult to…Continue readingBrain Fog Linked To Inflammatory Response

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

Mycobacterium Vaccae: Stress-busting Fat Found Hidden In Dirt

Thirty years after scientists coined the term “hygiene hypothesis” to suggest that increased exposure to microorganisms could benefit health, researchers at University of Colorado Boulder have identified an anti-inflammatory fat in a soil-dwelling bacterium that may be responsible. The finding[1] may at least partly explain how the bacterium, Mycobacterium vaccae,…Continue readingMycobacterium Vaccae: Stress-busting Fat Found Hidden In Dirt