Inflammation in the brain linked to several forms of dementia

Inflammation in the brain may be more widely implicated in dementias than was previously thought, suggests new research from the University of Cambridge. The researchers say it offers hope for potential new treatments for several types of dementia.

Cambridge University News
March 17, 2020 | cambridge

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Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience dementia inflammation

Blood pressure drug shows promise for treating Parkinson’s and dementia in animal studies

A prescription drug to treat high blood pressure has shown promise against conditions such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and forms of dementia in studies carried out in mice and zebrafish at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News
April 18, 2019 | cambridge

~5 mins

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience spotlight-on-future-therapeutics parkinsons-disease huntingtons-disease dementia animal-research

Many cases of dementia may arise from non-inherited DNA ‘spelling mistakes’

Only a small proportion of cases of dementia are thought to be inherited – the cause of the vast majority is unknown. Now, in a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, a team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Cambridge believe they may have found an explanation: spontaneous errors in our DNA that arise as cells divide and replicate.

Patrick Chinnery
Oct. 15, 2018 | cambridge

~5 mins

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience genetics dna dementia

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