October 2009 Newsletter
Greetings!Brain Proteins Suggest Possible Way to Fight Alzheimer's
Happy Mole Day! I suppose have a scary Halloween as well. I don't know what is going on for Halloween, but I am definitely celebrating Mole day with Chicken Mole from my favorite Mexican restaurant (an old tradition from my time in Tucson, Az). I hope whichever holiday you choose to participate in you enjoy it as much as I will. Anyway, there were so many interesting research articles to choose from this month I just chose a few I thought you might like. Enjoy.
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DALLAS - Oct. 6, 2009 - The action of asmall protein that is a major villain in Alzheimer's disease can becounterbalanced with another brain protein, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in an animal study.
The findings, available online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest a promising new tactic against the devastating illness, the researchers said. Read MoreHow Soy Reduces Diabetes Risk
AMHERST, Mass. -Nutrition scientists led by Young-Cheul Kim atthe University of Massachusetts Amherst have identified the molecularpathway that allows foods rich in soy bioactive compounds calledisoflavones to lower diabetes and heart disease risk. Eating soy foodshas been shown to lower cholesterol, decrease blood glucose levels andimprove glucose tolerance in people with diabetes. Read MoreA Step Toward Better Brain Implants Using Conducting Polymer Nanotubes
ANN ARBOR, Mich.-Brain implants that can more clearly record signalsfrom surrounding neurons in rats have been created at the University ofMichigan. The findings could eventually lead to more effectivetreatment of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease andparalysis. Neural electrodes must work for time periods ranging from hours toyears. When the electrodes are implanted, the brain first reacts to theacute injury with an inflammatory response. Then the brain settles intoa wound-healing, or chronic, response. Read More
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