Archive for 2012

Amyloid fighting — is it the wrong Alzheimer’s fight?

A few months ago, experts were talking about the next generation of “disease-modifying” drugs that were expected to help treat Alzheimer’s disease by attacking amyloid plaque in the brain. In fact, they were arguing that any newly written treatment guidelines were likely to be quickly outdated by the advent of new, powerful drugs. Drug companies were also optimistic, developing all kinds of “anti-amyloid” drugs that were expected to fundamentally alter the course of the disease. “Amyloid” … Read More

Feeling slow on Turkey Day

It’s 3 p.m. You have just gorged yourself on Thanksgiving turkey. How are your Parkinson’s symptoms? Feeling more slowed down? Noticing more tremor? Feeling stiffer? It may be more then the tryptophan (in the turkey) that’s affecting you. Large neutral amino acids that are present in protein rich foods (like turkey) can compete with the transportation of levodopa from the stomach to the blood and from the blood to the brain. Levodopa is the primary … Read More

Welcome to On the Brain

Welcome!  I am really excited about inaugurating the OHSU Brain Institute’s blog, “On the brain.” OHSU is home to more than 1,000 scientists, clinicians, students, and research associates who are dedicated to studying the brain and treating people with brain diseases.  We consistently rank in the top five of research institutions receiving National Institutes of Health funding for brain research.  We have many nationally recognized neurologists, neurosurgeons, and psychiatrists who provide cutting edge care for … Read More

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