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Killing brain cells believed to fight Alzheimer's could delay disease

Alzheimer’s could be halted with treatment which eliminates immune cells in the brain, scientists claim Tangled tau protein in the brain is a recognised tell-tale of an Alzheimer’s patient When tau becomes knotted, immune brain cells known as microglia attack it  But in doing so, the microglia actually damages the neuron and causes damage  Alzheimer’s […]

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Scientists create brain-mimicking environment to grow 3-D tissue models of brain tumors

A team of Tufts University-led researchers has developed three-dimensional (3-D) human tissue culture models of pediatric and adult brain cancers in a brain-mimicking microenvironment, a significant advancement for the study of brain tumor biology and pharmacological response. The study was published today in Nature Communications. The researchers created models that include brain-derived extracellular matrix (ECM) […]

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Neurons promote growth of brain tumor cells

In a current paper published in the journal Nature, Heidelberg-based researchers and physicians describe how neurons in the brain establish contact with aggressive glioblastomas and thus promote tumor growth / New tumor activation mechanism provides starting points for clinical trials Neurons transmit their signals to each other via synapses, fine cell projections with terminals that […]

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What it's like to stay awake during brain surgery

‘It’s Aliyana, not Ariana,’ Kelly Ann corrected her doctor when he started chatting about her horse. She could be forgiven for being a little snappy – he was asking the question while operating on her brain. Kelly Ann Alexander, 41, had an awake craniotomy – an operation where doctors work on the brain and wake […]

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New research correlates inflammation in the brain and gut to negative emotional state during opioid withdrawal

Opioid dependence has become a national crisis with serious impact on economic and social welfare, and numerous casualties. A big goal of ongoing research in combating opioid use disorder is understanding drug withdrawal. The physical and emotional symptoms of withdrawal can be life threatening and make up a powerfully negative experience; the fear of these […]