Author Archives: Malika Ammam, PhD

Mutated Gene Found to Play Key Role in Neurodegeneration

Recent research has shed new light on genetic mechanisms involved in the process of neurodegenerative disease development. Neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s are conditions characterized by the progressive loss of structure and function of neurons that eventually lead to the neuron’s death. These conditions involve complex processes and mechanisms that render the…

Alzheimer’s Linked to Protein that Repairs DNA

Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive deficits could be linked to reduced neuronal levels of BRCA1, a protein typically targeted in cancer research. These were the results of a study entitled “DNA repair factor BRCA1 depletion occurs in Alzheimer brains and impairs cognitive function in mice,” published in Nature Communications.

Type 2 Diabetes May Contribute Towards Dementia Development

In a newly published paper in the Neurology journal entitled “Type 2 diabetes mellitus and biomarkers of neurodegeneration”, scientists from Australia found that neurodegenerative disease related dementia could be linked to type 2 diabetes. Neurodegenerative disorders occur as a consequence of a progressive loss of structure/function…