neu·ro·de·gen·er·a·tive | \ˌnu̇r-ō-di-ˈje-nə-rə-tiv, -ˈjen-rə-;-ˈje-nə-ˌrā-;-dē-, ˌnyu̇r-\

Definition of neurodegenerative 

: relating to or marked by degeneration of nervous tissue

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The pair began working together in 2014 on cancers and neurodegenerative disease, CNBC’s Sara Salinas and Angelica LaVito report. Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post, "The Health 202: 'We will hold you accountable.' Democrats grill Azar on family separations," 27 June 2018 Small studies have linked exposure to liver cancer — one toxin is classified as a carcinogen, and others have pointed to potential links to neurodegenerative disease. Tom James,, "Warming drives spread of toxic algae in U.S., researchers say," 22 June 2018 As a young man, he was diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Stephen Hawking's final book 'Brief Answers' will be published in October," 16 May 2018 Understanding how neurons are generated might lead to new ways of dealing with cognitive decline in ageing, neurodegenerative disease and even depression. The Economist, "Do adult human brains renew their neurons?," 12 Apr. 2018 Testing these drugs in animal models of another neurodegenerative disorder, Parkinson's disease, also showed impressive effects, and two clinical trials in Parkinson's patients showed good protective effects. Christian Holscher, CNN, "New approach to Alzheimer's fight: Diabetes drugs," 15 June 2018 Further evidence that gambling and drugs change the brain in similar ways surfaced in an unexpected group of people: those with the neurodegenerative disorder Parkinson's disease. Ferris Jabr, Scientific American, "How the Brain Gets Addicted to Gambling," 14 May 2018 Related Things heated up in 2002, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved deep-brain stimulation as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects an estimated 10 million people around the world. NBC News, "Memory-boosting brain implants are in the works. Would you get one?," 23 Apr. 2018 Still, of those who developed the neurodegenerative disorder, which over time impedes movement and bodily function, 65% had previously suffered a TBI. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Even Mild Brain Injuries May Increase Your Chances of Getting Parkinson's, Study Says," 21 Apr. 2018

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neu·ro·de·gen·er·a·tive | \-di-ˈjen-ə-ˌrāt-iv, -di-ˈjen-(ə-)rət- \

Medical Definition of neurodegenerative 

: relating to or characterized by degeneration of nervous tissue

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neurodegeneration \-di-ˌjen-ə-ˈrā-shən, -ˌdē- \ noun

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