Tag Archives: disease

A step closer to identifying cause of a blinding disease

Researchers find clue to rare genetic disorder Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is an inherited form of vision loss that causes people to have trouble with their colour vision and difficulty seeing in the centre of their visual field. Due to the founder effect from the filles du roi, there is a disproportionate preponderance of a particular LHON… Read More »

Great-grandparents or cousins with Alzheimer's linked to higher risk for the disease

(Reuters Health) – Having second- or third-degree relatives with Alzheimer’s raises a person’s risk of developing the disease, a new study suggests. It’s already known that children of Alzheimer’s patients are at higher risk for the disease. But in the new study, people with Alzheimer’s in their extended family were also at a higher risk… Read More »

Can we repair the brain? The promise of stem cell technologies for treating Parkinson's disease

Cell replacement may play an increasing role in alleviating the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) in future. Writing in a special supplement to the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, experts describe how newly developed stem cell technologies could be used to treat the disease and discuss the great promise, as well as the significant challenges,… Read More »