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Alzheimer's disease and chronic heart failure

Researchers report evidence from studies in animals and humans supporting a link between Alzheimer's disease and chronic heart failure.



Potential treatment for Huntington's disease

Investigators have found that normal synaptic activity in nerve cells protects the brain from the misfolded proteins associated with Huntington's disease.



Gene therapy technique slows brain disease

A strategy that combines gene therapy with blood stem cell therapy may be a useful tool for treating a fatal brain disease, French researchers have found.



New attack on Graves' eye disease

A small group of patients with severe Graves' eye disease experienced rapid improvement of their symptoms - and improved vision - following treatment with the drug rituximab.



African cattle to be protected from killer disease

Millions of African families could be saved from destitution thanks to a much-needed vaccine that is being mass-produced in a drive to protect cattle against a deadly parasite.



Blood counts are clues to human disease

A new genome-wide association study begins to uncover the basis of genetic variations in eight blood measurements and the impact those variants can have on common human diseases.



Metabolic syndrome linked to liver disease

Researchers studying a large sample of adolescent boys have found an association between metabolic syndrome, which is a complication of obesity, and elevated liver enzymes that mark potentially serious liver disease.



Rethinking Alzheimer's disease

The standard explanation for what causes Alzheimer's is known as the amyloid hypothesis, which posits that the disease results from of an accumulation of the peptide amyloid beta.



Link between depression, kidney disease

One in five patients with chronic kidney disease is depressed, even before beginning long-term dialysis therapy or developing end-stage renal disease, researchers have found.



Genetics: Risk factors for Alzheimer's disease

An international team of scientists has identified two more genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.



Medical news: Improving inflammatory disease treatments

Researchers completed the first comprehensive analysis of bioactive lipids in an inflammatory response triggered by the Lyme disease agent, Borrelia burgdorferi.



Impaired transport in neurons triggers prion disease

A new study shows that nervous system integrity and axonal properties may play a key role in prion diseases.



BIotechnology: Placental stem cells and lung disease

Researchers have found that stem cells derived from human placenta may ultimately play a role in the treatment of lung diseases, such as pulmonary fibrosis and fibrotic diseases caused by tuberculosis, chemical exposure, radiation or pathogens.



Medical news: Pathology of Parkinson's disease

Scientists have showed how Parkinson's disease progresses: neuron-to-neuron transmission of a-synuclein that may cause alpha-synuclein aggregates to propagate.



Medical news: Vegetarian diets prevent disease

Vegetarian diets, if well-planned, are healthful and nutritious for adults, infants, children and adolescents and can help prevent and treat chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes.



Medical news: Dietary influences of liver disease

Diets high in protein and cholesterol are associated with a higher risk of hospitalization or death due to cirrhosis or liver cancer, while diets high in carbohydrates are associated with a lower risk.



Mad cow disease linked with copper

Researchers have discovered a link between copper and the normal functioning of prion proteins, which are associated with transmissible spongiform encephalopathy diseases.



Biotechnology pinpoints enzyme against Parkinson's disease

An enzyme that naturally occurs in the brain helps destroy the mutated protein that is the most common cause of inherited Parkinson's disease.



Medical explanation for disease gender differences

Researcher suggests that a number of oestrogens acting through their receptors affect the DAT, which may explain trends in timing of women's susceptibility to these diseases.



Chronic auto-immune disease is diagnosed in biotechnology advance

A looked at the number of demyelinating features that are needed to differentiate between CIDP, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and diabetic neuropathy.



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