Brain cell protection may also regulate your sleep

Understanding more about how a system that protects brain cells affects sleep could reveal a connection between sleep disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Lauren Ingeno-Penn • futurity
March 13, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease parkinsons-disease als aging sleep brains health-and-medicine neurodegenerative-diseases

Broken ‘rules’ lead to protein clumps in diseases like ALS

New research unveils a way to "read" proteins to see if they'll clump together and contribute to neurodegenerative diseases like ALS.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: als proteins health-and-medicine neurodegenerative-diseases

Overcharged cell process clears dangerous ALS ‘junk’

Researchers have discovered that a suprising cell process clears out potentially deadly aggregates related to ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: als cells health-and-medicine

Turtle spine signals reveal how movement starts

The neurons of itchy turtles show that movement most likely starts in a network of cells, not one "command center."

Anders Buch-Larsen • futurity
Oct. 7, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spine als movement muscles health-and-medicine nerve-cells spinal-cord-injury

1 method may prevent brain cell death in several diseases

There may be a way to prevent the worst damage in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Huntington's, ALS, and others.

Bruce Goldman-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 26, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease mitochondria als brains health-and-medicine neurodegenerative-diseases

Atomic details of protein ‘droplets’ may shed light on ALS

Understanding more about the interactions that stabilize the phase-shifting FUS protein could reveal new ways to treat ALS and other diseases.

Mollie Rappe-Brown • futurity
July 24, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: als proteins health-and-medicine imaging-technology

More glucose could improve mobility for people with ALS

When ALS-affected neurons get more glucose, they live longer and move more efficiently, which could mean more mobility for people with the disease.

Emily Litvack-U. Arizona • futurity
July 11, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: neurons als health-and-medicine glucose

Gene therapy keeps nerve axons from self-destructing

After injury or damage, nerve axons can kickstart their own self-destruction. A new gene therapy stops that process in mice.

Julia Evangelou Strait-WUSTL • futurity
Feb. 1, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: parkinsons-disease gene-therapy als brains health-and-medicine injuries nerves

Brain interface lets people with paralysis control tablet computer

The interface let users in a clinical trial control an off-the-shelf tablet computer with a virtual mouse they moved with their thoughts.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Nov. 27, 2018 ~9 min

Tags: internet als brains communication assistive-technology mobile-devices featured science-and-technology health-and-medicine nerves

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