Two new autism diagnostic tools offer objective ways to detect the condition

Australian researcher Paul Constable demonstrating his novel eye-scanning device that can reportedly diagnose autism in children

Two new autism detection methods are promising to offer clinicians objective diagnostic tools that are not based on subjective behavioral assessments. Both systems are in early stages of clinical verification, so not quite ready for prime time, but they enter an increasingly busy field of research into objective autism biomarkers, suggesting it shouldn't be too long before parents have a variety of new tests to catch the condition at its earliest stage.

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Cambridge study reverses aging of key brain stem cells in rodents

Aged rat brain stem cells grown on a soft surface (right) show more healthy, vigorous growth ...

New research, led by a team of scientists from the University of Cambridge, has demonstrated a way to rejuvenate old, dysfunctional brain stem cells, making them act young again. The technique points to potential new treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS), but also broader ways to reverse general age-related brain changes.

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New understanding of exercise may help in the fight against depression

Sessions on an exercise bike helped to relieve women of depression – but particularly when the ...

If you suffer from depression, you've likely been advised to get plenty of exercise. Scientists have now gained a fresh understanding of how being active helps alleviate the condition, and they believe that their findings could lead to better treatments.

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New Alzheimer's hypothesis suggests cellular garbage disposal system could be key to prevention

Research suggests toxic amyloid and tau proteins can change their molecular shape to avoid detection and ...

Researchers from the University of California, Riverside, have offered new evidence suggesting dysfunction in the lysosome system, our body's cellular garbage disposal mechanism, could be the underlying cause of Alzheimer's disease. The hypothesis is not entirely novel but the research describes a newly discovered process to explain how lysosomal failure can lead to neurodegenerative disease.

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New discovery explains how fatty food disrupts appetite control, causing obesity

New research has discovered a gut hormone, present in higher levels in obese people, that blocks ...

A new study has discovered a previously unidentified mechanism explaining how obesity and high-fat diets can disrupt the appetite-suppressing signals from the brain and lead to overeating. The fascinating research revealed a hormone in the gut, triggered by high-fat meals, actually induces the body to keep eating.

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New evidence affirms depression can be one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer's

Better treating depression is hypothesized as a potential way to slow the progression of the earliest ...

The link between depression and dementia has been noted by researchers and clinicians for several years now. After all, it seems obvious that one would suffer from feelings of depression as one gets older and experiences the earliest stages of cognitive decline. But a growing body of evidence is building to suggest we may have got the causal direction wrong when considering the associations between depression and dementia.

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Chimeric "mighty mouse" with human brain cells to advance Alzheimer’s research

UCI MIND, the University of California, Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, has announced ...

Researchers from University of California, Irvine have developed a new transgenic mouse model with human brain immune cells. The novel breakthrough will allow scientists the ability to observe how human brain cells respond to different Alzheimer's-inducing toxic proteins, significantly advancing our understanding into how neurodegenerative disease progresses.

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For better senior brain function, tart cherry juice may be the way to go

Montmorency is the most common variety of tart cherry grown in the US

According to a new study, seniors wishing to boost their cognitive performance would likely do well to drink plenty of Montmorency tart cherry juice. Improvements observed in test subjects who drank the juice may be due to "bioactive compounds" that occur naturally in the cherries.

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