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Study finds blood-brain barrier opening can be controlled, enabling enhanced drug delivery

Columbia University scientists showed that it is possible to control the size of the blood-brain barrier opening by varying the pressure of an ultrasound beam, a discovery that could herald major breakthroughs in the treatment of neurological diseases.

Protein from a fatal fungus may offer up meningitis treatment

Scientists at the University of California, Davis, have successfully isolated the protein that allows a meningitis-causing fungus to cross the blood-brain barrier, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatments for the condition and other brain infections.

Mayo Clinic team successfully delivers small molecules to the brain past blood-brain barrier

The blood-brain barrier is the body's way of keeping harmful substances away from the brain, but it's also a daunting obstacle for drug delivery experts looking to send treatments to the organ. Now, researchers at the Mayo Clinic have developed a synthetic peptide carrier to shuttle small molecules past the barrier and into the brain.

UC Davis team isolates fungus enzyme to cross blood-brain barrier

At the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting this week, a team of researchers from the University of California, Davis, demonstrated a study showing that silicon nanoparticles they designed could penetrate the blood-brain barrier.

MedImmune inks licensing deal with Bioasis for brain delivery platform

AstraZeneca's MedImmune forged a new deal with Bioasis Technologies, licensing from the Vancouver, Canada, company its brain delivery platform aimed at overcoming challenges associated with the blood-brain barrier.

Protein 'crossing guard' carries Alzheimer's drug past the blood-brain barrier

To deliver large proteins past the blood-brain barrier for the treatment of Alzheimer's, researchers have developed a compound that acts as a molecular "crossing guard" for drugs to safely target brain cells and clear plaques believed to cause symptoms of the disease.

Swedish team: Omega-3 fatty acids cross blood-brain barrier for possible Alzheimer's treatment

Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can cross the blood-brain barrier in a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

Cancer drug breaches blood-brain barrier using nanovesicles

In another successful breach of the blood-brain barrier, researchers have homed in on a nanovesicle drug capable of entering the brain and targeting tumor cells and blood vessels there.

High-dose schizophrenia treatment crosses blood-brain barrier

Researchers in Finland have developed a way to penetrate the blood-brain barrier to treat schizophrenia, flooding it with high doses of the over-the-counter heartburn medicine famotidine.

Hopkins cracks blood-brain barrier with nanobeads

Getting drugs into the brain is a bit of a holy grail, but researchers at Johns Hopkins University believe that they are a step closer with nanoparticles that can penetrate into the brain, potentially preventing recurrence of cancer after surgery by destroying any remaining tumor cells.