Archive for February, 2014

Being awake at night and dozing during the day can be a distressing early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, but how the disease disrupts our biological clocks to cause these symptoms has remained elusive.Now, scientists from Cambridge have discovered that in fruit flies with Alzheimer’s the biological clock is still ticking Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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A care coordination programme for patients with Alzheimer’s and their carers resulted in improvements in psychosocial function of patients with dementia. The programme, a partnership between community and health organisations, also showed positive results for carers. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Breakthrough in Alzheimer's research"> Breakthrough in Alzheimer's research

Posted February 27, 2014 By FuckAlzheimers

A team of international scientists, including a researcher from Simon Fraser University, has isolated a gene thought to play a causal role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recently published the team’s study. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers created new nerve cells in the brains and spinal cords of living mammals without the need for stem cell transplants to replenish lost cells. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Increased brain cell activity boosts brain fluid levels of a protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research from scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.Tau protein is the main component of neurofibrillary tangles, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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How would you rate your own physical fitness? Is it good, satisfactory or maybe even poor? Surprisingly, your answer may reveal your future risk of getting dementia. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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New nuclear imaging techniques help in detecting Alzheimer’s disease much earlier than before. Recently developed tracers, used with positron emission tomography (PET) make beta-amyloid in the brain visible. This part of a protein, which is a main causal factor of Alzheimer’s, can now be detected long before the onset of Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Erin Abner, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky’s Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, asked 3,701 men aged 60 and higher a simple question: “Have you noticed any change in your memory since you last came in?”That question led to some interesting results. “It seems that subjective memory complaint can Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Even small increases in blood sugar caused by a diet high in carbohydrates can be detrimental to brain health. Recent reports in medical literature link carbohydrate calorie-rich diets to a greater risk for brain shrinkage, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, impaired cognition, and other disorders. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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There is no denying that Americans are big fans of barbecues. In fact, figures state that 62% of us use our grills all year round. But new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that consuming heat-processed animal products, such as grilled or broiled meats, Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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An ancient chemical, present for billions of years, appears to have helped proteins function properly since time immemorial.Proteins are the body’s workhorses, and like horses they often work in teams. There exists a modern day team of multiple chaperone proteins that help other proteins fold into the complex 3D shapes Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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The Global CEO Initiative (CEOi) on Alzheimer’s Disease and the New York Academy of Sciences (the Academy) today (February 20th) convened representatives from industry, academia, government and nonprofits to launch the development of a Global Alzheimer’s Platform (GAP), designed to reduce the time and costs of Alzheimer’s clinical trials, develop Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Investigators at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, have shown that progression of disease in memory clinic patients can be tracked efficiently with 45 minutes of neuropsychological testing. MRI measures of brain atrophy were shown to be less reliable to pick up changes in the same patients. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Researchers studying peptides using the Gordon supercomputer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego have found new ways to elucidate the creation of the toxic oligomers associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Geneticists from Trinity College Dublin interested in ‘reverse engineering’ the nervous system have made an important discovery with wider implications for repairing missing or broken links. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Alzheimer’s disease has long been marked by progress — but not the kind of progress the medical community seeks. It is the most common form of dementia among older Americans, and its risk increases with increasing age; for those living with the disease, its ravages get worse over time; and Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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10 quirky animated videos addressing common concerns about memory loss and dementia have been developed by researchers in Trinity College Dublin in a bid to allay fears about memory loss, promote brain health and tackle the stigma associated with dementia.The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Research by the University of Southampton has provided new insight into the consequence of accumulated ‘misfolded proteins’ in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Prion and Alzheimer’s disease. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Research by the University of Southampton has provided new insight into the consequence of accumulated ‘misfolded proteins’ in neurodegenerative disorders, such as Prion and Alzheimer’s disease. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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New research from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that the final stage of the normal inflammatory process may be disrupted in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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An 18-month pilot program that brought resources and counselors to elderly Baltimore residents with dementia and other memory disorders significantly increased the length of time they lived successfully at home, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. Staying at home was a clear preference for most of those who participated in the Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Alzheimer’s disease is a condition typically associated with older individuals, and diagnosis is not usually made until symptoms appear later in life. But new research suggests that people who are free of dementia but have two parents with Alzheimer’s may show signs of the disease in brain scans decades before Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Research at Keele University in Staffordshire has shown for the first time that an individual who was exposed to aluminium at work and died of Alzheimer’s disease had high levels of aluminium in the brain. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Exposure to common infections is linked to memory and brain function – even if the infections never made you ill, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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We are all familiar with “scratch-and-sniff” products. They have been around since the 1970s – mainly in the form of stickers. But these products are yesterday’s news. Researchers have now created a device that could allow us to “text-and-sniff.” It is called the oPhone. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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For the first time, neuroscientists have systematically identified the white matter “scaffold” of the human brain, the critical communications network that supports brain function.Their work, published in the open-source journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, has major implications for understanding brain injury and disease. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Researchers in the UK have found that inflammation in the brain following an infection can adversely affect how spatial memories are formed. This new study, which is published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, builds on existing research linking infections to decreased cognitive function.Study leader Dr. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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A graphene water balloon may soon open up new vistas for scientists seeking to understand health and disease at the most fundamental level.Electron microscopes already provide amazingly clear images of samples just a few nanometers across. But if you want a good look at living tissue, look again. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Many people with high blood pressure are familiar with ACE inhibitors, drugs that widen blood vessels by limiting activity of ACE – angiotensin-converting enzyme – a naturally occurring protein found in tissues throughout the body.But high activity of the enzyme – in the right context, place and time – may Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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Opening up a can of worms is a good way to start hunting for new drugs, recommend researchers from Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Read & Research Alzheimer’s More

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