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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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The company’s recent effort to find new treatments for Alzheimer’s ended in disappointment.

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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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The University of Rhode Island neurotoxicologist and dean came to the U.S. for college in the 1980s. 

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image: As the Brain Ages, Glial-Cell Gene Expression Changes Most

As the Brain Ages, Glial-Cell Gene Expression Changes Most

By Ashley P. Taylor | January 10, 2017

Researchers describe how gene expression in different human brain regions is altered with age.

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image: Forms of Alzheimer’s May Display Unique Plaque Structures

Forms of Alzheimer’s May Display Unique Plaque Structures

By Joshua A. Krisch | January 4, 2017

A study shows that different fibril formations in the brains of deceased patients seem to correlate with various Alzheimer’s disease subtypes. 

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Protein Folding Pioneer Dies

By Kerry Grens | October 28, 2016

Susan Lindquist of MIT and the Whitehead Institute broke scientific ground on prions and heat shock proteins.

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image: Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Pioneer Dies

Alzheimer’s Immunotherapy Pioneer Dies

By Ben Andrew Henry | October 11, 2016

Dale Schenk, who worked to develop a vaccine for Alzheimer’s disease, has passed away at age 59.

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image: Week in Review: September 5–9

Week in Review: September 5–9

By Jef Akst | September 9, 2016

Environmental magnetite in the human brain; prion structure takes shape; watching E. coli evolve in real time; learning from others’ behavior 

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