News tagged with ataxia

Aging brains need 'chaperone' proteins

(Medical Xpress)—The word "chaperone" refers to an adult who keeps teenagers from acting up at a dance or overnight trip. It also describes a type of protein that can guard the brain against its own troublemakers: ...

Jan 30, 2014
popularity 4.3 / 5 (11) | comments 0 | with audio podcast

New subtype of ataxia identified

Researchers from the Germans Trias i Pujol Health Sciences Research Institute Foundation (IGTP), the Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL), and the Sant Joan de Déu de Martorell Hospital, has identified a new ...

Apr 29, 2013
popularity not rated yet | comments 0

New genetic disorder of balance and cognition discovered

The family of disorders known as ataxia can impair speech, balance and coordination, and have varying levels of severity. Scientists from the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh have identified a new member of this group ...

Dec 07, 2012
popularity 5 / 5 (2) | comments 0

DNA detectives track down nerve disorder cause

Better diagnosis and treatment of a crippling inherited nerve disorder may be just around the corner thanks to an international team that spanned Asia, Europe and the United States. The team had been hunting DNA strands for ...

Aug 23, 2012
popularity not rated yet | comments 0

Gypsy study unravels a novel ataxia gene

A WA study of an isolated population of Eastern European Gypsies known as "Bowlmakers" has unlocked clues about a serious developmental disease - congenital cerebellar ataxia.

Aug 17, 2012
popularity 4 / 5 (1) | comments 0 | with audio podcast

Ataxia

Ataxia (from Greek α- [used as a negative prefix] + -τάξις [order], meaning "lack of order") is a neurological sign and symptom that consists of gross lack of coordination of muscle movements. Ataxia is a non-specific clinical manifestation implying dysfunction of the parts of the nervous system that coordinate movement, such as the cerebellum. Several possible causes exist for these patterns of neurological dysfunction. The term "dystaxia" is a rarely-used synonym.

The International Ataxia Awareness Day is observed on September 25 each year.

This text uses material from Wikipedia licensed under CC BY-SA