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Skin May Hold the Key to Early Detection for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

While the diseases affect the brain, the skin may be the key to detection before symptoms like memory loss appear.

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Julianne Moore’s Best Actress win at this year’s Academy Awards, for her role as a 50 year-old woman diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in Still Alice, brought the neuro degenerative disease into the spotlight once more.

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The New York Brain Bank is Like the Walmart of Brains

This 5,000-brain collection is changing the game for scientists who study neurodegenerative disease

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If you’re looking for brains, at the New York Brain Bank, they got brains. Within the subterranean facility, which lies beneath a Children’s Hospital in Washington Heights, scientists have access to a collection of more than 5,000 preserved human brains with neurodegenerative disease. As people live longer, the chances of an individual developing one of these diseases—Alzheimer’s particularly—increases, and research into causes and treatments for neurodegenerative conditions has become more important than ever. The stockpile is linked to a database, where a researcher can input a specific tissue or condition, and receive directions to one of 10 enormous brain freezers. The whole brain attainment process takes about five business days from the initial request.

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Chilling Out May Stave off Alzheimer’s

A new study links neurotic behavior and midlife stress to dementia in women

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Does your mood go up and down? Are you a worrier? Do you often feel tense, guilty, lonely, and distressed about life?

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