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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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The elimination of these glia in the mouse brain ameliorated the development of Parkinsonian neuropathologies induced by the pesticide toxin paraquat.  

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image: Neuroscientist and Champion of Glia Research Dies

Neuroscientist and Champion of Glia Research Dies

By Kerry Grens | December 28, 2017

Ben Barres of Stanford University described glia’s roles in ensuring neurons’ proper synapse formation and in responding to brain injury.

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image: CRISPR Proves Promising for Treating ALS in Mice

CRISPR Proves Promising for Treating ALS in Mice

By Katarina Zimmer | December 21, 2017

The gene-editing tool was effective in disabling a defective gene responsible for some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. 

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Upping a gene’s expression in rat brains made them better learners and normalized the activity of hundreds of other genes to resemble the brains of younger animals.

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Single-cell genome analyses reveal the amount of mutations a human brain cell will collect from its fetal beginnings until death.

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image: Prions Found in Skin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Patients

Prions Found in Skin of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Patients

By Jef Akst | November 24, 2017

Infectious protein aggregates from the skin of human patients can cause disease in mice.

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New techniques for activating or suppressing neural activity by zapping the skull’s surface allow researchers to target smaller and deeper areas of the brain.

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image: Research Links Gut Health to Neurodegeneration

Research Links Gut Health to Neurodegeneration

By Jef Akst | November 13, 2017

Rodent studies presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting this week tie pathologies in the gastrointestinal tract or microbiome composition with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

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image: Equivocal Findings of Alzheimer’s Trial Using Young Blood

Equivocal Findings of Alzheimer’s Trial Using Young Blood

By Catherine Offord | November 6, 2017

A team of Stanford University researchers say that administering young people’s blood plasma to Alzheimer’s patients could improve cognitive function, but the results have been criticized.

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