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 - genes and molecules

A protein called neurofibromin and a competing pathway could be the ticket to a novel gene therapy for a rare pediatric disorder called neurofibromatosis, which is associated with autism and learning difficulties. The proposed therapy could reverse these symptoms, announced officials from the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern on Monday.

 - Doctors Reviewing Data

PET/CT with Ga-68 DOTATATE has been found to change treatment plans in a majority of patients receiving initial evaluation and subsequent staging of neuroendocrine tumors (NETs), according to the results of two referring physician surveys published Dec. 11 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

 - focus

Reading a 3D thresholded SPECT vs. a conventional 2D SPECT has led to a dramatic improvement in sensitivity for the evaluation of attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), officials at Amen Clinics announced Dec. 9.

 - Brain gears

A readily available antibiotic drug therapy that happens to promote the expression of a certain neurotransmitter receptor could one day be a means of combatting frontotemporal dementia (FTD), officials from the University of Alabama Birmingham announced Dec. 3.

 - drugs

A drug in the same realm as Viagra could treat and perhaps even prevent certain kinds of dementia. Powerful drugs used as a vascular therapy for diabetic patients also may be put to the task, officials from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) and the Alzheimer’s Society UK announced yesterday.