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Brain

More than 80 billion neurons, trillions of synapses and almost 6 kilometres of neural pathways: The brain is an anatomical masterpiece; it is our control centre, memory store, coordinator of thoughts and movement – and still puzzles science. In medicine, the focus is on neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, but also on cerebrovascular disorders such as strokes.

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News • Neurological disease marker

Promising new radiotracer for demyelination

US researchers have developed a to detect loss of myelin - a key contributor to many neurological diseases including multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, stroke, and dementia.

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News • Ineffective coordination of services

Dementia care in the UK: Little has changed, study finds

A new study has found ineffective co-ordination of services and fragmented care plans in England has resulted in very little improving for dementia carers in forty years.

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News • Rare but potentially serious complication

First cases of encephalomyelitis resulting from monkeypox virus

As the monkeypox outbreak continues to spread around the globe, a rare but potentially serious complication of the virus has been discovered.

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News • Streptococcus pneumoniae

Technique helps discover whether bacteria are antibiotic resistant

A new study could one day help health workers determine whether bacteria of the species Streptococcus pneumoniae, which cause meningitis, are resistant to antibiotics.

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News • Dementia destigmatisation

"This Is Us": Alzheimer's storyline in TV drama found to have positive impact

The inclusion of a narrative about Alzheimer’s disease in primetime TV drama “This Is Us” was found to help reduce stigma around dementia and motivate family discussions about plans for aging.

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News • Blood-brain barrier simulation

Artificial brain vessels advance drug testing

German researchers present a novel method for testing chemical agents that could help in the development of drugs against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

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