Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Researchers Discover Underlying Neurochemical Imbalance Responsible for Schizophrenia

Using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), researchers at Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of California, San Diego have discovered...

Building a Better Antipsychotic Drug by Treating Schizophrenia’s Cause: How Drugs...

The classic symptoms of schizophrenia -- paranoia, hallucinations, the inability to function socially -- can be managed with antipsychotic drugs. But exactly how these...

Should We All Take a Bit of Lithium? (New York Times...

The idea of putting a mind-altering drug in the drinking water is the stuff of sci-fi, terrorist plots and totalitarian governments. Considering the outcry...

Higher Coffee Intake Linked to Lower Alzheimer’s Disease Rates

Hope you're enjoying your morning coffee - especially if you’re an older adult. A recent study monitoring the memory and thinking processes of people...

Translating Nature’s Library Yields Drug Leads for AIDS, Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease

An ingredient, prostratin, derived from a medicinal tea traditionally brewed from tree bark by tribal healers on the South Pacific island of Samoa is...

Strawberry Compound Reduces Symptoms of Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Related Memory Loss

Ongoing investigations conducted in the Salk Institute's Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory (CNL) have shown that fisetin, a naturally-occurring antioxidant flavonoid found in fruits and vegetables such...

Chewing Ability Linked to Reduced Dementia Risk

Can you bite into an apple? If so, you are more likely to maintain mental abilities, according to new research from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The population is aging, and the older we become the more likely it is that we risk deterioration of our cognitive functions, such as memory, decision-making and problem solving. Research indicates several possible contributors to these changes, with several studies demonstrating an association between not having teeth and loss of cognitive function and a higher risk of dementia.

Common Antidepressant Slows Alzheimer’s Disease, Lowers Production of Amyloid Beta

A commonly prescribed antidepressant can reduce production of the main ingredient in Alzheimer's brain plaques, according to new research at Washington University School of...

Hardening of Arteries Linked to Plaques in Brain

Even for elderly people with no signs of dementia, those with hardening of the arteries are more likely to also have the beta-amyloid plaques...

Schizophrenia Not One, But Eight Genetically Distinct Disorders

New research shows that schizophrenia isn't a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms....

UCLA Study Points to Iron as Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's disease has proven to be a difficult enemy to defeat. After all, aging is the No. 1 risk factor for the disorder, and...

Chinese Medicine Offers New Parkinson’s Treatments

A hooked herb, root extract and a dash of bark – it may sound like a witches' brew, but these compounds could provide treatments for diseases that have so far foiled western doctors, such as Parkinson's and irritable bowel syndrome. For over 2000 years Chinese doctors have treated "the shakes" – now known as Parkinson's disease – with gou teng, a herb with hook-like branches.