Commensal Bacterium Reduces ALS Symptoms in Mice
Commensal Bacterium Reduces ALS Symptoms in Mice
Boosting the levels of Akkermansia muciniphila in mouse guts slowed the progression of an ALS-like disease, while two other microbiome members were associated with more severe symptoms.
Commensal Bacterium Reduces ALS Symptoms in Mice
Commensal Bacterium Reduces ALS Symptoms in Mice

Boosting the levels of Akkermansia muciniphila in mouse guts slowed the progression of an ALS-like disease, while two other microbiome members were associated with more severe symptoms.

Boosting the levels of Akkermansia muciniphila in mouse guts slowed the progression of an ALS-like disease, while two other microbiome members were associated with more severe symptoms.

neurodegenerative diseases
Neuroscientist Rahul Desikan Dies
Neuroscientist Rahul Desikan Dies
Kerry Grens | Jul 19, 2019
He developed an MRI-based map of the human cortex, discovered genetic risk factors for neurodegenerative diseases, and wrote about his struggles with ALS.
Pro Football Players Die at a Higher Rate than Pro Baseball Players
Pro Football Players Die at a Higher Rate than Pro Baseball Players
Jef Akst | May 28, 2019
A comparison of thousands of former athletes in the two sports finds that NFL players were more likely than MLB players to die from cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, in particular.
PET Scans Reveal Elevated Tau in NFL Players’ Brains
PET Scans Reveal Elevated Tau in NFL Players’ Brains
Jef Akst | Apr 12, 2019
A study hints that it might be possible to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with frequent head injuries, while patients are still living.
Chemicals on the Skin Could Enable Parkinson’s Detection
Chemicals on the Skin Could Enable Parkinson’s Detection
Shawna Williams | Mar 20, 2019
Researchers teamed up with a woman with a keen sense of smell to identify telling differences between healthy people and those with the neurodegenerative disease.
Rapidly Flashing Lights and Sounds Reduces Alzheimer’s in Mice
Rapidly Flashing Lights and Sounds Reduces Alzheimer’s in Mice
Jef Akst | Mar 15, 2019
Exposing mice to an hour of 40-hertz stimuli every day for a week reduced levels of amyloid-β plaques and tau protein, and improved cognition.
Infographic: Viruses on the Brain
Infographic: Viruses on the Brain
Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2019
Pathogens can take various routes to pass the blood brain barrier and damage cells.
Can the Flu and Other Viruses Cause Neurodegeneration?
Can the Flu and Other Viruses Cause Neurodegeneration?
Ashley Yeager | Mar 1, 2019
Scientists may need to seriously reconsider the cast-aside hypothesis that pathogens can play a part in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Gum Disease Could Drive Alzheimer’s: Study
Gum Disease Could Drive Alzheimer’s: Study
Ashley Yeager | Jan 24, 2019
An enzyme of the bacteria Porphyromonas gingivalis has been found in the brains of patients with the disorder, and causes neurodegeneration in mice.
Protein Changes Detected in Blood Years Before Alzheimer’s Onset
Protein Changes Detected in Blood Years Before Alzheimer’s Onset
Jef Akst | Jan 21, 2019
The observation could pave the way for a blood test to predict disease progression in people with a genetic predisposition to developing the neurodegenerative disorder.