Brain Facts

November 2017


Blood Inflammation Linked to an Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s

People between the ages of 40 and 60, who show signs of inflammation in their blood, have an increased risk of shrinking brain size as they get older, especially in areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a recent study.

Learn more. (in French)



Repeated Trauma to the Body or Head Shown to Increase Risk of ALS

Repeated severe trauma to the body or mild injuries to the head — especially at midlife — raise a person’s risk of ALS, a European case-control study shows.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the most prevalent cause of nervous tissue damage in developed countries. Besides functional disability, TBI carries a significant economic burden, with the associated loss of work productivity.

Learn more.



A Form of Gene Therapy is Saving Infant Lives

Babies born with SMA1 can’t suck well or lift their heads because spinal motor neurons are missing, their muscles weaken, and at some point they can no longer breathe on their own and die as a result. Read about how a form of gene therapy can potentially save infant lives.



Five Ways to Reduce your Risk of Stroke

Learn five ways that you could help reduce your risk of stroke, and keep the related infographic handy. It’s all in Science et Avenir (in French).


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