Scientists believe amyloid protein plays a role in Alzheimer’s but are still trying to explain how.One of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, which is characterized by memory loss and dementia, is a protein called amyloid. In patients who die of the disease, sticky plaques of the protein are found in the brain at autopsy, although not all people with amyloid deposits develop Alzheimer’s. But why does the protein start to gum up the delicate network of nerves in the brain? Some recent evidence suggested that the protein, which the body makes normally in small amounts, spreads from one cell to another in the brain of affected patients, eventually compromising multiple regions of the brain over time. Source: Study Shows Alzheimer’s Protein May Not Spread Like a Virus | TIME.com
Keeping your brain active well into old age can come down to a few simple lifestyle factors.The prospect of developing Alzheimer’s disease is a frightening one for many Australians. However, staving off the disease could be as simple as making some sensible lifestyle choices now, helping you towards a brighter future and a happier old age. Here are 20 of the best tips to help you avoid Alzheimer’s – an edited extract from 100 Simple Things you can do to Avoid Alzheimer’s, by Jean Carper Buy it here: 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss Source: Twenty ways to avoid Alzheimer’s | News.com.au
At “Auguste’s Cottage” at Allisonville Meadows, it takes just a few notes to get some of the Alzheimer’s patients up on their feet and dancing.But it’s much more than just fun — it’s music therapy that’s triggering memories that the disease has stolen. “Music stores itself in the long-term memories very deep in your brain, and even though you have residents who are not able to communicate effectively anymore with words, somehow they can still remember music that was a big part of their lives when they were younger,” said Amanda Janz, with the Alzheimer’s Association.
A new drug for Alzheimer`s has shown “encouraging” results in early trials on mice, claim British scientists who believe that it can stop the disease before it seriously affects a person`s mental abilities.In early trials conducted on mice they found the compound reduced by a third the number of `plaques` on the brain, which are associated with the disease. New drug can stop Alzheimer`s early
A dramatic shift is beginning in the disappointing struggle to find something to slow the damage of the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic: The first U.S. experiments with “brain pacemakers” for Alzheimer’s are getting under way. Scientists are looking beyond drugs to implants in the hunt for much-needed new treatments. The research is in its infancy.Source: Testing Brain Pacemakers To Zap Alzheimer’s Damage | Sci-Tech Today
Keeping active can slow down the progression of memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s disease, a study has shown. A team of researchers from The University of Nottingham has identified a stress hormone produced during moderate exercise that may protect the brain from memory changes related to the disease.The work, funded by Research into Ageing (Age UK) and the University and published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, may also explain why people who are susceptible to stress are at more risk of developing the disease. Source: Exercise can slow onset of Alzheimer’s memory loss, study reports