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Alzheimer's Disease

Have researchers finally uncovered the cause of Alzheimer's disease?

2015-08-29 10:04
Previously overlooked brain finding could be Alzheimer's breakthrough.

University of Montreal researchers have made what they describe as a breakthrough discovery that could finally provide drugs that treat and possibly prevent Alzheimer's disease. The new finding that had been previously overlooked suggests fatty deposits in the brain may be the cause of Alzheimer's disease that affects 47.5 million people worldwide.

The finding, published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, means new drugs could be developed to treat and possibly cure Alzheimer's disease.

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9 Risk Factors Contribute Most to Alzheimer's Disease

2015-08-21 18:40
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Currently, Alzheimer’s disease has no cure, but in a new study researchers have identified 9 risk factors that contribute to the majority of Alzheimer’s disease cases. The fact that these risk factors can be modified to some degree offers the possibility that individuals can help ward off development of this devastating condition.

In addition to the 9 risk factors that contribute to the development of the majority of Alzheimer’s disease cases, the authors of the study also identified others that can play a significant role i

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New insight into why older brains prone to Alzheimer's disease

2015-08-10 20:50
Researchers uncover why aging brain more susceptible to Alzheimer's

No one knows exactly what causes Alzheimer's disease. Researchers know the risk of the most severe form of dementia increases with aging. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have now discovered what happens in the brain as we get older to raise our chances of Alzheimer's disease.

Amyloid plaque that consists of amyloid beta 42, along with tau proteins that entangle nerve fibers in the brain destroys memory and thinking.

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How Sleeping Position May Fight Alzheimer's

2015-08-10 11:10
sleeping position and Alzheimer's

The prayer that begins “Now I lay me down to sleep” may acquire a whole new meaning if the findings of a recent study from Stony Brook University School of Medicine can be applied to humans. A research team reported that “the lateral position during sleep has advantage with regard to the removal of waste products including Aβ [amyloid-beta],” the accumulation of which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Previous clinical research has shown that sleep supports the clearance of amyloid-beta from the brain, according to the authors.

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How Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease are Connected

2015-05-06 08:18
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A new study provides significant evidence that diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease have a special relationship. Experts at Washington University School of Medicine report that high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can raise the levels of key protein fragments found in Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Numerous previous studies have suggested the relationship between diabetes and the most common form of dementia.

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Diabetes and depression increase dementia risk

2015-04-15 21:59
Combination of depression and diabetes increase dementia risk

Depression and diabetes on their own can affect the brain, but together they can significantly increase the risk of dementia, a new study found.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a decline in mental ability that is severe enough interfere with daily life.

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Progress in Alzheimer's Research for Effective Treatments

2015-04-15 11:12
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Perhaps one of the greatest fears that people face as they age is developing Alzheimer’s disease. This chronic and incurable disease afflicts more than five million Americans who suffer gradual onset and progression of memory and other cognitive losses to the extent that they can no longer care for themselves.

Over 100 years ago, Dr. Alois Alzheimer first described the abnormal brain protein deposits – amyloid plaques and tau tangles – that accumulate in brain regions that control mental function.

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Fewer than half of Alzheimer's patients given their diagnosis

2015-03-24 13:26
Fewer than half of Alzheimer's patients given diagnosis

Fewer than half of Alzheimer's patients or their caretakers were given their diagnosis by their doctor, according to a new report from the Alzheimer's Association.

The 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report also found that over 90 percent of people with the four

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How Ultrasound Could Stop Alzheimer's Disease

2015-03-14 07:51
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Researchers at the University of Queensland (UQ) report they have found how ultrasound could stop Alzheimer’s disease. Thus far this finding has been observed in a mouse only, but future studies in sheep and humans are planned.

The expert team used ultrasound to remove amyloid-beta peptide (aka amyloid-B or amyloid plaque) from the brain of a mouse that had the plaque deposits and displayed symptoms of

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Physical and mental exercises may protect against elderly cognitive decline

2015-03-12 20:50
Physical, mental exercise can prevent cognitive decline in the elderly

Mental and physical exercises, along with healthy eating, can slow cognitive decline in the elderly, according to new research.

Previous studies have shown links between cognitive decline and factors such as fitness, heart health, and diet.

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