Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Alzheimer's Disease: Rethinking Things?

A very readable piece from Gina Kolata of the New York Times:

Doubt on Tactic in Alzheimer’s Battle
The New York Times
Published: August 18, 2010

"The failure of a promising Alzheimer’s drug highlights the gap between diagnosis and treatment."

Read the full article

Monday, August 16, 2010

Colin Blakemore: "The House I Grew Up In" (BBC Radio 4)

Audio available from The BBC:


From the show's webpage:

"Neurobiologist Professor Colin Blakemore was a war baby brought up in devastated Coventry. His two-up two-down home had the first TV in the street on which he lived next door to relatives and a family of ten. As an only child, his parents were able to cash in an insurance policy of £16 which enabled him to go to the local grammar school where he proved himself to be more of an artist and actor than a scientist. Producer: Smita Patel."

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Potiga (ezogabine)

From FierceBiotech

FDA panel backs new epilepsy drug from GSK, Valeant
August 12, 2010 — 7:41am ET
By John Carroll
"GlaxoSmithKline and Valeant got a solid endorsement for their new epilepsy drug Potiga (ezogabine) from the FDA's panel of experts, putting them on track to a likely approval. The experts unanimously agreed that the drug would benefit epilepsy patients whose meds couldn't stop seizures. And they agreed that careful monitoring would flag patients who experience an inability to urinate while taking the drug."

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

OBIT: Patricia Neal

From The New York Times

Patricia Neal, an Oscar Winner Who Endured Tragedy, Dies at 84
Published: August 9, 2010

Patricia Neal

Sunday, August 08, 2010

NIH Videocast: "It Takes Tau to Tangle : Plaques, Tangles and Neurodegenerative Disease"

Available for viewing and downloading from the NIH:

It Takes Tau to Tangle : Plaques, Tangles and Neurodegenerative Disease
by Karen Duff

23 June 2010