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Alzheimer’s Research News: Sniffing out New Strategy Against Alzheimer’s Disease

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(SOURCE: RUSH UNIVERSITY) – Can insulin, the hormone used for nearly a century to treat diabetes, improve cognition, memory and daily function in people with mild cognitive impairment or mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease? Rush University Medical Center is testing this innovative potential treatment as part of a new nationwide study. Neurologists at the […]

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Alzheimer’s News: Improving memory with magnets

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(SOURCE: McGill University) – Discovery expands our understanding of how we remember sound The ability to remember sounds, and manipulate them in our minds, is incredibly important to our daily lives — without it we would not be able to understand a sentence, or do simple arithmetic. New research is shedding light on how sound memory […]

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Dementia Research News: Mayo Clinic researchers find mental activities may protect against mild cognitive impairment

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(SOURCE: MAYO CLINIC) – Mayo Clinic researchers have found that engaging in mentally stimulating activities, even late in life, may protect against new-onset mild cognitive impairment, which is the intermediate stage between normal cognitive aging and dementia. The study found that cognitively normal people 70 or older who engaged in computer use, craft activities, social activities […]

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Dementia News: Can Mushrooms Help Delay or Prevent Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease?

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(SOURCE: MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC./GENETIC ENGINEERING NEWS) – Certain edible and medicinal mushrooms contain bioactive compounds that may enhance nerve growth in the brain and protect against neurotoxic stimuli such as inflammation that contribute to neurodegenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The evidence supporting a potential role of mushrooms as functional foods to reduce or delay […]

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Alzheimer’s Research News: In Alzheimer’s, Excess Tau Protein Damages Brain’s GPS

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(SOURCE: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER) – Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have discovered that the spatial disorientation that leads to wandering in many Alzheimer’s disease patients is caused by the accumulation of tau protein in navigational nerve cells in the brain. The findings, in mice, could lead to early diagnostic tests for Alzheimer’s and highlight novel […]

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Alzheimer’s Research: Can paint strokes help identify Alzheimer’s?

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL) – A new University of Liverpool study published in ‘Neuropsychology!’ shows that it may be possible to detect neurodegenerative disorders in artists before they are diagnosed. Psychologist Dr Alex Forsythe from the University’s School of Psychology and her team, working with Dr Tamsin Williams of Tees, Esk, and Wear Valleys NHS Trust, Vale […]

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Alzheimer’s Research News: Penn Study Confirms That “Sniff Test” May Be Useful in Diagnosing Early Alzheimer’s Disease

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(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) – Tests that measure the sense of smell may soon become common in neurologists’ offices. Scientists have been finding increasing evidence that the sense of smell declines sharply in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, and now a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease Research News: Study details molecular roots of Alzheimer’s

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(SOURCE: WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) – Cellular ‘housekeeping’ molecule’s structure linked to neurodegeneration. A new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis details the structure of TREM2, a protein involved in Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. Researchers found that mutations associated with Alzheimer’s alter the surface of the protein, while mutations linked […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease Research: New biomarker predicts Alzheimer’s Disease and link to diabetes

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(SOURCE: IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY) – An enzyme found in the fluid around the brain and spine is giving researchers a snapshot of what happens inside the minds of Alzheimer’s patients and how that relates to cognitive decline.  Iowa State University researchers say higher levels of the enzyme, autotaxin, significantly predict memory impairment and Type 2 diabetes. […]

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Alzheimer’s Treatment Research: Unique visual stimulation may be new treatment for Alzheimer’s

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(SOURCE: MIT) – Noninvasive technique reduces beta amyloid plaques in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. Using LED lights flickering at a specific frequency, MIT researchers have shown that they can substantially reduce the beta amyloid plaques seen in Alzheimer’s disease, in the visual cortex of mice. This treatment appears to work by inducing brain waves known […]

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Alzheimer’s and Concussion-Related CTE May Spread in the Brain Via Common Mechanism

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(SOURCE: UC SAN FRANCISCO) – By Pete Farley on December 02, 2016 – Research is First to Suggest That Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy is a Prion Disease. A shared biological mechanism may drive the progression of both Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative condition associated with repeated concussions and brain trauma, according to […]

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Alzheimer’s Advancements News: Study Offers Insight Into How Alzheimer’s Disease Begins Within the Brain

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(UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH AT GALVESTON) According to a recent press release, a new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston offers important insight into how Alzheimer’s disease begins within the brain. The researchers found a relationship between inflammation, a toxic protein and the onset of the disease. The study also identified […]

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Alzheimer’s Research News: Study Identifies Gene Coding for Protein Which Turns off Neurotransmission Signaling, Contributing to Alzheimer’s Disease

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(AMERICAN FRIENDS OF TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY) According to a recent press release, a new Tel Aviv University study identified a gene coding for a protein that turns off neurotransmission signaling, which contributes to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The gene, called RGS2 (Regulator of Protein Signaling 2), has never before been implicated in AD.

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Alzheimer’s Symptoms News: Testing Ability to Recognize and Distinguish Odors May Help Identify Alzheimer’s Risk

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(MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL) According to a recent press release, a non-invasive protocol testing the ability to recognize, remember and distinguish between odors was able to identify older individuals who – according to genetic, imaging and more detailed memory tests – were at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The report of a study by a team of […]