Scientists in the Trinity College Dublin have found out characteristic alterations in the outlines of electrical brain wave movement in MND (motor neuron disease). This path-breaking observation would aid to advance treatments for the disease that impacts more than 350 people in Ireland. The research was published in the journal Human Brain Mapping and disclosed how MND impacts neural communication in various brain networks. MND—also called ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)—is a wrecking condition that leads to progressive paralysis, surging physical disability and finally death in an average 2–3 Years. Reportedly, in Ireland, one person is identified with the condition in every 3 Days.
By using EEG (electroencephalography), the research team at Trinity College captured second to second alterations in electrical signaling and has found specific networks or groups of nerves that act strangely in MND. This is the very first time scientists have utilized EEG in this manner for MND. The study stated that this low-cost technology can provide information regarding abnormal brain activity that matches functional MRI that too at a fraction of the cost. Besides, the team identified and studied in detail over six dissimilar brain networks linked with MND.
Similarly, Trinity College Dublin was in news as its scientists identified cancer killing abilities of lesser-known immune cells in esophageal cancer. This research has presented a new promising therapeutic target. The study was issued in the international journal Frontiers in Immunology. Reportedly, esophageal cancer is known for its aggressive form and poor prognosis, and the 5-Year survival pace is less than 15% typically. This cancer is linked with obesity and is one of the fastest rising cancers in the Western world. As per to study, the occurrence is due to double in Ireland in the next few decades.