Attacking Alzheimer’s With Antibodies, Hormones

August 15, 2012

Researchers are attempting to treat Alzheimer’s disease with antibodies, hormones and gene therapy. But will any lead to a cure? Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, talks about the latest research, and whether there might someday be a vaccine to protect the aging brain.

Latrepirdine May Protect Against Alzheimer’ s, Parkinson’s Diseases

August 14, 2012

The second of two studies on latrepirdine, recently published in Molecular Psychiatry, demonstrates new potential for the compound in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, sleep disorders, and other neurodegenerative conditions. An international team led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine scientists found that latrepiridine, known commercially as Dimebon, reduced the level of at […]

Support Groups Help With Stigma of Alzheimer’s

August 14, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — They used to call themselves I Forget, they joked. Until a few forgot the name, and they quickly scrapped it for the Wild Bunch. The group of Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers love to carry on like teenagers at their monthly potlucks, chuckling at the ironies of memory loss, losing track […]

Is Falling an Early Indication of Alzheimer’s?

August 13, 2012

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) causes certain changes in the brain that affect memory and thinking. But as we learned from July’s blog (Alzheimer’s & Falling: What’s the Connection?), AD can also increase the likelihood of falling.

Alzheimer’s Could Be Detected 25 Years In Advance With New ‘Timeline’

August 10, 2012

Scientists have created an ‘early signs timeline’ for Alzheimer’s disease that they believe could help experts detect the condition up to 25 years before it strikes. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at 128 people with a family history of early Alzheimer’s. The participants were all selected from the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network, a research centre for those who are genetically predestined to develop the degenerative disease, and considered to have (at least) a 50% chance of inheriting one of three gene mutations that cause the disease.

Artificial Butter Flavouring Linked To Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

August 10, 2012

A buttery food flavouring ingredient found in microwave popcorn could intensify the damaging effects of abnormal brain proteins linked to Alzheimer’s, a recent study has suggested.

AstraZeneca Seeks Alzheimer’s Answer

August 9, 2012

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The Silent Stalker – Alzheimer’s Changes the Brain Years Before First Symptoms

August 9, 2012

Twenty-five years before the first clinical symptoms, Alzheimer’s disease has already produced permanent changes in the brain. New research published in the New England Journal of Medicine traces the timeline of the disease, challenging current perceptions about this devastating form of dementia. Most cases of Alzheimer’s are sporadic, meaning that they arise in a seemingly random fashion, without a family history or other identifiable cause.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Guide to Being Healthy

August 8, 2012

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be difficult and overwhelming. Dealing with repeated questions can be a challenge and disruption throughout the day. Many caregivers are so focused on the tasks of care giving that they do not recognize the losses in their own life.

Fish could protect against Alzheimer’s

August 8, 2012

A study by US scientists found that elderly people who eat fish at least once a week are three to five times less likely to develop the conditions than people who did not. But it is essential that the fish is cooked in a manner that preserves the vital Omega-3 fatty acids which help protect the brain, researchers said