Month: January 2017

Bilingualism may give you an edge against Alzheimer’s

People who speak two or more languages appear to weather the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease better than people who have only mastered one language, a new Italian study suggests.   Alternate pathways Bilingual people with Alzheimer’s outperformed single-language speakers in short- and long-term memory tasks, even though scans showed more severe deterioration in brain metabolism …

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Gene therapy helps babies fight leukaemia

Two infants with an advanced form of leukaemia are in remission after treatment with genetically tweaked immune system cells, British researchers report. Doing well at home Both babies had run out of treatment options for their cancer, known as B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, or ALL. But, after treatment with genetically altered T-cells – a type …

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Antibiotic restriction solving ‘superbug’ problem

The superbug C. difficile has sharply declined in British hospitals over the last decade due to restrictions in the use of antibiotics rather than stricter hygiene, researchers said. Public concern Overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin allowed the drug-resistant bug to flourish, they reported in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a medical journal. When other …

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Experimental drug may solve macular degeneration

An experimental drug may one day make treatment simpler for patients suffering from vision-threatening age-related macular degeneration, researchers say. So far, the drug called AXT107 has been only tested on mice and rabbits, but it requires far fewer injections than current therapy to prevent vision loss. Current treatment requires frequent injections directly into the eye. …

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Alzheimer’s disease and your brain

Alzheimer’s causes your brain cells to degenerate and die, destroying memory and mental functions. Initially you may notice difficulty in remembering simple things and some confusion. But, as the disease progresses, you’ll start to forget important people (family members) and even display personality changes. Your brain Although experts don’t know exactly what causes Alzheimer’s, they’ve …

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