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¿Ser o no ser SCA27B? Esa es la cuestión: Misteriosos casos de ataxia resueltos gracias a los avances en tecnología genética

Escrito por Dr. Hayley McLoughlin y Dr. Sharan SrinivasanEditado por Dr. Celeste SuartTraducido por Ismael Araujo-Aliaga Una nueva tecnología de secuenciación genética reveló numerosos casos de ataxia familiar asociados a una mutación de un antiguo culpable de la ataxia hereditaria A pesar de los mejorados accesos al diagnóstico genético, la Read More…

Cientistas desenvolvem uma nova abordagem para avaliar ataxia em casa

Escrito por Ziyang ZhaoEditado por Dr. Hayley McLoughlinTraduzido para o Português por Priscila Pereira Sena Um aplicativo para celulares recentemente desenvolvido permitirá aos pacientes avaliar a ataxia em casa. Há um problema interessante em ciência frequentemente ofuscado pelos cientistas. Não é tão chamativo ou de grande interesse jornalístico como as Read More…

Snapshot: What is DNA Sequencing?

Most things about you are written in your genes: from the colour of your eyes, whether you are lactose intolerant, to if you have a higher chance of getting certain diseases. You may have heard of the popular ancestry DNA testing service that tells if you are part Chinese, part Read More…

Scientists develop a new approach to assessing Ataxia at home

Written by Ziyang Zhao Edited by Dr. Hayley McLoughlin A newly developed smartphone application will allow patients to assess ataxia at home. There’s an interesting problem in science that’s often overshadowed in the scientific community. It’s not as flashy or as newsworthy as most scientific headlines, like the eradication of Read More…

Snapshot: What is Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS)?

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive method of brain stimulation. It promotes or inhibits activities in specific parts of the brain. tDCS is an experimental treatment that has been shown to result in changes in motor, cognitive and behavioural activities. It may be a valuable tool for the Read More…

Snapshot: What is Riluzole?

Riluzole, often sold under the trade name Rilutek, is a medication used for the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that mainly affects neurons controlling muscle movements. The drug was approved by the FDA (1995), Health Canada (1997), and the European Commission (1996). It Read More…

Working with cerebellar ataxia

Written by Dr. David Bushart Edited by Dr. Sriram Jayabal How can employment be made more accessible for ataxia patients? What barriers exist? A study of workers and non-workers with ataxia analyzes the benefit of employment, as well as how to reduce risk of injury. A job can often become Read More…

Snapshot: What is the Cerebellum?

The cerebellum, often referred to as the “little brain”, is part of the brain that is located behind the cerebrum (forebrain). The cerebellum accounts for about 10% of the brain’s volume. Despite occupying a small volume, the cerebellum contains more than half of the neurons in the brain. Most of Read More…

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