May 7, 2016
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Saturday, May 7, 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016
6th May 2016 - New research
Bradyphrenia is mental slowness.
Bradyphrenia can consist of slowness of thought, impaired attention and motivation, lack of spontaneity, and inflexibility. Bradyphrenia was well known to occur in Parkinson's Disease. For the first time researchers have assessed how prevalent bradyphrenia is in Parkinson's Disease and what causes it.
Bradyphrenia was found to occur in as many as half of people with Parkinson's Disease. Between 11% and 51% of people with Parkinson's Disease were found to exhibit mental slowness by performing significantly worse on neuro- psychological tests including tests of attention and executive function. However, bradyphrenia was found to be uncommon in people with Parkinson's Disease who did not also have dementia or depression.
The results suggest that the depression or dementia that often accompanies Parkinson's Disease is the cause of the bradyphrenia. Bradyphrenia in Parkinson's disease may also reflect advancing age because the effects of age may be greater in some cases than the effects of basal ganglia disease once motor dysfunction has been allowed for. However, he dopamine system through the medial forebrain bundle projecting from the ventral tegmental area to the nucleus accumbens, ventral striatum (limbic striatum) and the cortex is associated with bradyphrenia.
Reference : Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology  May 1 : 1-9 [Epub ahead of print] (T.T.Vlagsma, J.Koerts, O.Tucha, H.T.Dijkstra, A.A.Duits, T.van Laar, J.M.Spikman)
Complete abstract : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27132647
May 4, 2016
"It has only recently been proven that stem cells can be made at industrial scale whilst conforming to Good Manufacturing Practice"
In 1998, James Thomson and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin generated the first human embryonic stem cells using tissue from embryos fertilised in vitro.
"Pluripotent stem cells provide a limitless starting material, derived from essentially any tissue in the body, and there are now over 300 clinical trials underway with MSC therapies"
Induced pluripotent stem cells: similar to embryonic stem cells but made from adult specialised cells using a laboratory technique discovered in 2006.