Turmeric May Have the Key to Alzheimer’s Disease

August 18, 2012

“I know they say there is no cure for Alzheimer’s… But I was wondering if there’s any development in a cure you know about?” I was asked after my lecture on PET imaging of dementia this past summer. A number of technologists gathered around me, far more eager to hear my response to this question […]

Small Study Offers Hope That Drug Could Help Stabilize Alzheimer’s Disease

August 18, 2012

Researchers are reporting that Gammagard, made by Baxter International Inc., might help stabilize Alzheimer’s disease for as much as three years. The findings from the small study were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The evidence is weak and in only four patients, making the study was far too small […]

Epilepsy Drug Improves Memory in Alzheimer’s Model, Patients

August 17, 2012

Researchers have found that it’s possible to improve memory, even reverse memory loss, using a drug typically prescribed to treat epilepsy. Although it’s still too early to recommend the drug, levetiracetam, to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease, research results are promising.

Blood Test to Detect Alzheimer’s in the Offing

August 16, 2012

A blood test is in the offing to detect Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Emory University say. “Reliability and failure to replicate initial results have been the biggest challenge in this field. We demonstrate here that it is possible to show consistent findings,” says William Hu, assistant professor of neurology at Emory University School of Medicine, […]

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.