(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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. […]
(SOURCE: AMERICAN ACADEMY OF NEUROLOGY) – People who have protein in their urine, which is a sign of kidney problems, may also be more likely to later develop problems with thinking and memory skills or even dementia, according to a meta-analysis published in the December 14, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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 […]
(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.
(UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA) According to a recent press release, new research from the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at UBC has found a way to partially restore brain cell communication around areas damaged by plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
(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 […]
(VIB – THE FLANDERS INSTITUTE FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY) According to a recent press release, synapses, the place where brain cells contact one another, play a pivotal role in the transmission of toxic proteins. This allows neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s to spread through the brain.
(UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS) According to a recent press release, for older adults, physical activity is apt to shield against cognitive decline and forms of dementia such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Yet, as people age and some experience cognitive impairment, they tend to become less physically active.
(INSTITUT PASTEUR) According to a recent press release, a major challenge facing physicians treating Alzheimer’s is the ability to detect markers of the disease as early as possible. These markers, located in the brain, are difficult to access, hampering diagnosis.
(WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE) According to a recent press release, by the time unambiguous signs of memory loss and cognitive decline appear in people with Alzheimer’s disease, their brains already are significantly damaged, dotted with clumps of a destructive protein known as amyloid beta.