Brain Diseases

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Bacteria May Be Cause of Some OCD
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Bacteria May Be Cause of Some OCD

Fictional television detective Adrian Monk (on the show Monk) had one of the most severe cases of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) you will probably ever see. On the Big Bang Theory, Sheldon also has OCD tendencies, like knocking three times in succession. Although most with OCD are not as extreme as these two, the condition can […]
Memory Loss Spreads Like A Wildfire in Brain Cells
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Memory Loss Spreads Like A Wildfire in Brain Cells

If you have ever seen a wildfire you know it is hard to stop, and fuels smaller fires from the sparks flying through the air, making it hard to control. It destroys everything in its path. This is what happens once our brains have been invaded with memory loss. The neurons (brain cells) that are […]
Government Steps Up Hunt to Stop Alzheimer’s
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Government Steps Up Hunt to Stop Alzheimer’s

Neuroscientists are shifting gears in their hunt to stop the spread of Alzheimer’s disease. They are now testing the possibility that therapies on patients who are only beginning to show signs of the disease will help them to stop the devastation before the brain is destroyed. Taking an ambitious step, an international study was just […]
Cancer Drug Could Clear Deposits Causing Alzheimer’s
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Cancer Drug Could Clear Deposits Causing Alzheimer’s

Experiments on mice have found that a drug used to treat cancer can very quickly remove build up of beta-amyloid peptides in the brain, known to cause Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is believed to be associated with a build up of plaque-like substances that brings on the memory problems. The build-up is thought to underlie the […]