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    gracethepirate gracethepirate is offline
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    Good science news

    This could be a general thread for good science news. Fortunately there is quite a lot of good news: of inventions and health cures, discoveries such as an alien stick flying through our solar system, and of deep sea beasties which are so strange they could be alien beings. Etc etc.

    Here is one movie which discusses some of the science breakthroughs which happened in 2017:



    Which news item do you like best?
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    This one is potentially a very good story:

    Experimental diabetes drugs show promise for treating Alzheimer's - Business Insider

    scientists at Lancaster University found that a drug that goes after three diabetes-related targets "significantly reversed the memory deficit"
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    One news item not discussed was the possible cure for Huntington's disease, a really major breakthrough. I'll find a link about this later - unless some other p.iester can provide one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Socratus O' Pericles View Post
    I would agree with that because I have relatively mild diabetes and too much sugar in the brain causes mental fog, lack of focus and short-term forgetfulness. It can mess with the concept of time.

    It has been suggested in the past that Alzheimer's is an extension of diabetes, and it looks like that might well be true.

    Avoid Mars Bars and Kit Kats. Etc.
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    There were a couple of very exciting developments in cancer research last year, though none received that much attention in the media.

    You get the feeling that they're oh so close, maybe in the next 5-10 years, to treating most cancer patients, with the expectation of curing them.

    Here's hoping...
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    Last year scientists in TCD discovered that there is a shared genetic origin between Motor Neurone Disease and Schizophrenia which shows that Schizophrenia is not necessarily an illness of the mind and that some Schizophrenia problems (at least for some people with the illness) are not necessarily "mental health problems" but solely brain problems. :

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    Quote Originally Posted by gracethepirate View Post
    This could be a general thread for good science news. Fortunately there is quite a lot of good news: of inventions and health cures, discoveries such as an alien stick flying through our solar system, and of deep sea beasties which are so strange they could be alien beings. Etc etc.

    Here is one movie which discusses some of the science breakthroughs which happened in 2017:



    Which news item do you like best?
    What a great time to be alive with regard to scientific inquiry. The next few decades should be epic, with advances in fields such as quantum computing on the horizon. The past few years have been like living in a science fiction novel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren J. Prior View Post
    Last year scientists in TCD discovered that there is a shared genetic origin between Motor Neurone Disease and Schizophrenia which shows that Schizophrenia is not necessarily an illness of the mind and that some Schizophrenia problems (at least for some people with the illness) are not necessarily "mental health problems" but solely brain problems. :
    For decades, I have believed that schizophrenia is a neurological disorder. Some psychiatrists have led us on a wild goose chase there that has not helped patients.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gracethepirate View Post
    One news item not discussed was the possible cure for Huntington's disease, a really major breakthrough. I'll find a link about this later - unless some other p.iester can provide one.
    https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/889866

    Huntington

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntingtin
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    A lot of progress has been made on Alzheimers/Dementia. Governments are investing heavily in research due to the crippling healthcare costs in what are becoming epidemic levels of Dementia.

    Alzheimer's disease breakthrough as new drug clears toxic proteins from patients' brains | The Independent

    If anyone has ever experienced it in the family they will tell you what a disgusting horrible disease it is, not just for the sufferer but also for the family and friends

    Any progress is to be widely welcomed
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