Renegade protein interrupts brain cell function in Alzheimer’s disease, study reveals

WASHINGTON: Dozens of molecules may tangle up with rogue bundles of tau, a protein that normally gives nerve fiber structure to cause brain cell damage that contributes to neuro-degenerative diseases, according to a recent study. Neuroscientists have previously found that tau can become toxic when extra chemical molecules accumulate with its structure in the brain, causing it to form tangles of protein that destroy surrounding tissue. Led by researchers from NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the new study analysed the makeup of such tangles and found 12 proteins that they…

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Patients hospitalised for Covid-19 at low risk of stroke

WASHINGTON: A new study has suggested that patients hospitalised with Covid-19 are at low risk of stroke. Notably, the majority of afflicted patients had existing risk factors, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. These findings provide more clarity about the role Covid-19 plays in causing stroke in a diverse population of the US. The study paper was published in the journal Stroke from Penn Medicine. “While there was an initial concern for a high number of strokes related to Covid-19, that has not been borne out. Importantly, while the…

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Delirium, rare brain inflammation, stroke linked to Covid-19: Study

LONDON: Neurological complications of Covid-19 may include delirium, brain inflammation, stroke, and nerve damage, according to a study which says some of these symptoms may not be a direct consequence of the novel coronavirus infection but due to the immune system acting on healthy cells. The research, published in the journal Brain, identified one rare and sometimes fatal inflammatory condition, known as ADEM, which may be increasing in prevalence due to the pandemic. According to the scientists, including those from the University College London (UCL) in the UK, the team…

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Artificial Intelligence Can Improve Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Disorders

(Photo courtesy: AFP Relaxnews/ Wavebreak/ Istock.com) Drawing from the data collected by sleep centres, AI and machine learning can provide more accurate diagnosis and treatment plans. IANS Last Updated: March 2, 2020, 12:16 PM IST Edited by: Chhavianshika Singh Not just overnight sleep tests, Artificial intelligence (AI) also has the potential to improve efficiencies and precision in sleep medicine, resulting in more patient-centred care and better outcomes, researchers have found. The electrophysiological data collected during polysomnography, the most comprehensive type of sleep study, is well-positioned for enhanced analysis…

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Annual conference of Society of Invasive Cardio-Vascular Technologists begins

KOZHIKODE: The Annual Conference of the Society of Invasive Cardio-Vascular Professionals, Kerala Chapter ‘SICPCON 2020’ commenced at Raviz Kadavu Resort here on Saturday. Dr M K Muneer MLA inaugurated the conference. Life Time Achievement award was presented to Mr.Vijayasenan, Former Cath Lab Technologist. M P Jayapalan , President AND Organizing Chairman, SICP-Kerala presided over the function. T Mohan Kumar , Organizing Secretary; P J Johnson, Vice President, SICP, Gigin Nath G, Secretary, SICP also spoke during the inaugural session. Explaining the benefits of minimally invasive cardio vascular procedures, T Mohan…

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