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Prions Prevent Alzheimers Disease

A role for prion proteins, the much debated agents of mad cow disease and vCJD, has been identified. It appears that the normal prions produced by the body help to prevent the plaques that build up in the brain to cause Alzheimers disease. The possible function for the mysterious proteins was...

New Conditions That Will Increase the Risk of Alzheimers Identified

People with normal cognitive functions may be vulnerable to Alzheimers disease if they exhibit atrophy of their temporal lobe or damage to blood vessels in the brain, says a study of older adults. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroimaging, also suggests that people exhibiting bo...

Risk Factors for Alzheimers Disease

Cognitively normal adults exhibiting atrophy of their temporal lobe or damage to blood vessels in the brain are more likely to develop Alzheimers disease . Older adults showing signs of both conditions were seven-times more likely to develop Alzheimers than their peers. Alzheimers di...

Simple Blood Test May Predict Alzheimers Disease

A team of British scientists claims they can soon release the worlds first blood test that identifies the risk of Alzheimers . If so, the NHS Trust of UK will stand to save billions of pounds per year, as Alzheimers disease, one of the most common neurological diseases in the western world, costs...

Food Supplement to Combat Alzheimers Disease

According to a clinical study conducted at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet Omega-3 supplements can, in certain cases, help combat the depression and agitation symptoms associated with Alzheimers disease. A number of epidemiological studies have shown that eating fatty fis...

Modified Drug Therapy for Alzheimers Disease

Purdue university researchers has found a new modified drug for Alzheimers disease.The drug has begun the first phase of clinical trials. Millions of people suffer from this devastating disease and treatment options are very limited," said Arun Ghosh, the Purdue professor who led the creatio...

Floida to Electronically Track Alzheimers Patients

Electronically tracking Alzheimers patients is coming into force in the US. Alzheimer's Community Care in West Palm Beach in Florida said it would implant a radio frequency identification chip into Alzheimer's patients, but only with the consent of their families or the patients themselves if...

Magnets to the rescue of Alzheimers patients

In the continuing battle against Alzheimers one more breakthrough has been achieved. Scientists in New York promoted the growth of new neurons in the brains of mice using a magnetic stimulus in the region associated with memory. The results were presented at the American Academy for Neuro...

Reduced Oxygen to the Brain Increases Alzheimers Risk in Stroke Victims

Researchers have found that stroke victims develop higher risk for Alzheimers disease because of gradual build-up of toxic chemicals due to reduced oxygen to the brain caused by the stroke. The study was conducted by a team of researchers led by Chris Peers at the University of Leeds. ...

GAB2-A New Alzheimers Gene Identified

Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Banner Alzheimers Institute, Kronos Science Laboratory and their collaborative partners, suggests that the gene called GAB2 modifies an individuals risk for Alzheimer's disease when associated with other genes, including APOE4....

Sugar variant may make a world of difference to Alzheimers disease

A novel study by Canadian researchers has revealed that variants of a sugar, is found to improve Alzheimers disease in mice//. Though these studies are still in ithe nascent stages, these findings could mean better methods of treatment to manage Alzheimers and even offset the onslaught. A typ...

Killing two birds (cholesterol and Alzheimers disease) with the same stone

Treating cholesterol can also help in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s’ disease. The study was published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry // . The research team assessed the degree of brain function loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease in 342 patients attending a memor...

Age-Dependent Alterations Not Specific For Alzheimers Disease

Alzheimers disease (AD) has lately been suggested to be a systemic disorder, not confined only to the brain. An increasing volume of evidence indicates that AD is also associated with peripheral vascular changes //that might be important markers in tests of given pathophysiological hypotheses. ...

Testing genes for disease does not cause harm to children of people with Alzheimers

Testing for risk of Alzheimers disease in children of patients with Alzheimers// was thought to be harmful to them. It was suggested that such genetic testing might increase the anxiety or depression in children of the parents with Alzheimers. A new study points out that this may not be true. Genet...

Inability to Recognize Familiar Smells Could Signal Alzheimers

People who have difficulty recognizing familiar smells could be experiencing an early sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published Monday. Scientists already know that the first lesions of the degenerative brain disease tend to show up in an area of the brain that is home to...

Chemical Compound in Turmeric Helps to Fight Alzheimers

Latest research shows that a chemical compound found in turmeric may help beat Alzheimer's, which is a brain disease that impairs memory . Researchers isolated the compound 'bisdemethoxycurcumin' found in turmeric, which they claimed helps stimulate immune system cells that defend the body ...

Cancer Causing Protein May Heal Alzheimers

Researchers have found that a protein known for driving the growth of cancer also plays a surprising role in restoring the ability of neurons to regenerate // , making it an important target for addressing spinal cord damage or neurological diseases like Alzheimers. "The finding suggests that ...

Exposure To High Aluminum Levels In Tap Water Lead To Rare Form Of Alzheimers

A study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry highlights a case where a woman had a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease after being exposed to high levels of aluminum courtesy the tap water. // Carole Cross was 58 when she died in 2004. Chris Exley, of Keele University...

John P. Cogswell, Ph.D., receives 2009 Alzheimer Award

...standing work, "Identification of miRNA changes in Alzheimer's disease brain and CSF yields putative biomarkers and insights into disease pathways" (J alzheimers Dis 14: 27-41, 2008) by J.P. Cogswell et al. "My co-authors and I are extremely pleased to have been chosen by a distinguished group of our peers ...

Naturally produced estrogen may protect women from Parkinson's disease

...erican Academy of Neurology (AAN). Further study details will be presented at AANs 61st Annual Meeting in Seattle, April 25 - May 2, 2009. After alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease. About 1.5 million Americans currently have Parkinsons, characterized by symp...

Many Alzheimer's Caregivers Admit to Abusive Behavior

...audia Cooper, M.D., research training fellow, health services research, Medical Research Council, London; Beth A. Kallmyer, director, client services, alzheimers Association, Chicago; Jan. 23, 2009, BMJ ...

Low Carb Diets Shown to Impair Cognitive Function, Treadmill Desks Improve It

...in can be boosted as much as 43%. "A variety of studies have already proven that walking greatly reduces the risk of developing dementia and alzheimers later in life as well as offering protection from major diseases such as cancers, heart disease, and diabetes," stated Bordley, "weight loss...

Alzheimer's Research Brings Progress, Setbacks

...a-linked amyloid plaques in the brain. This week's issue of the journal is devoted to research into the causes and treatment of dementia, including alzheimers disease. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, an estimated 4.5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, which is thought to affect...

Antihypertensive treatment on cognitive functions in Alzheimer's disease

...ntury due to the enormous burden these disorders impose on health care systems. Recently, common pathways of the two most frequent causes of dementia, alzheimers disease and vascular dementia have been suggested. Today there is tremendous interest in developing effective treatments that will interfere with some...

21st Congress of the College of Neuropsychopharmacology, Aug. 30-Sept. 3, 2008, Spain

...ors. Disturbances in neurotransmitter function are seen as the main cause of mental disorders and certain neurological disorders such as Parkinsons or alzheimers disease. To understand neurotransmitter function in mental health and disease, ECNP has stimulated cross-disciplinary forces - ranging from psychiatry...

Deane F. Johnson Center Receives Ronald and Nancy Reagan Award

... Reagan Research Award for the exceptional work he and his team devote themselves to, discovering new treatments and methods of care for patients with alzheimers and other neurological disorders. In his speech of acceptance at the annual National Alzheimer's Gala in Washington, Dr. Cummings applauded the tire...

SNM hosts 55th Annual Meeting of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Research

...affect the future of patient care. Notable topics to be discussed include the use of PET, SPECT and other forms of imaging to: Detect and diagnose alzheimers disease and other dementias; Predict sudden cardiac death; View spinal cord injuries; Advance the diagnosis of ovarian and prostate cancer;...

Researchers explore the emerging role of infection in Alzheimer's disease

...nic diseases has opened new lines of research into alzheimers disease. In a special issue of the Journal of alzheimers Disease published May 2008, guest editors Judith M...a group of experts explore this exciting topic. alzheimers disease (AD), the most frequent cause of dementia,...

Worcester Polytechnic Institute announces 2008 Chairman's Exemplary Faculty Prize winners

...inaugural Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Academic Advising in 2000. Adamss research focuses on the genetic and biochemical underpinning of alzheimers disease, and on a class of neuroprotective peptides that may one day help slow or even prevent the brain disorder. His work has resulted in 36 present...

Plant flavonoid found to reduce inflammatory response in the brain

...ppers can disrupt a key component of the inflammatory response in the brain. The findings have implications for research on aging and diseases such as alzheimers and multiple sclerosis. The study appears this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Inflammation can be a blessing or a bli...

Vaccine triggers immune response, prevents Alzheimer's

...ical Center scientists prevents the development of alzheimers disease-like pathology in mice without causing inf...ce of signature amyloid plaque in their brains. alzheimers is a progressive neurodegenerative disease associa...nd exciting was that by targeting one pathology of alzheimers amyloid beta we were able to also prevent the tr...

Health researchers in McGill network receive $35.5 million in CIHR funding

...y. These grants, allocated between July 2007 and January 2008, fund more than 80 cutting-edge research projects in fields as diverse as arthritis, alzheimers disease, multiple forms of cancer, nutrition, epilepsy, medical imaging, health care delivery, infertility, heart disease, cell biology and pharmacolo...

Hopkins researchers discover new link to schizophrenia

...t for developing therapies. The BACE1 enzyme, for beta-site amyloid precursor protein cleaving enzyme, generates the amyloid proteins that lead to alzheimers disease. The research team years ago suspected that removing BACE1 might prevent Alzheimer. We knew at the time that in addition to amyloid precur...

Obesity linked to increased risk for dementia

...e with other commonly associated illnesses such as alzheimers disease by up to 20 percent in the United States. ...ty compared to normal weight increased the risk of alzheimers disease by 80 percent on average. The team further...and emotional impairments. The most common form is alzheimers disease, with an estimated 5 million adults living...

Obesity can increase dementia risk by up to 80 percent

... Being obese can increase the risk of alzheimers Disease by as much as 80 per cent, according to a ...dementia were included, with specific reference to alzheimers Disease and to vascular dementia where areas of t...36 per cent. But when we looked specifically at alzheimers Disease, the increased risk posed by obesity was 8...

Study in mice suggests molecules in plants have beneficial effect on Alzheimer's disease

... beneficial effect in brain tissue associated with alzheimers disease, according to a new study conducted in mic...to a mouse model genetically programmed to develop alzheimers disease. Using two of these molecules, luteolin an...called presenilin-1, which has long been linked to alzheimers as a genetic cause of this devastating and untreat...

New target for Alzheimer's disease identified

...nkephalin peptides in the brain might reduce the cognitive deficits seen in alzheimers disease. Enkephalins are part of the endogenous opioid system, which mod...didate for us because it is involved in many functions that are affected by alzheimers and other neurodegenerative diseases, said Dr. Mucke. We were not sure, tho...

Salk study links diabetes and Alzheimer's disease

...als have a significantly higher risk of developing alzheimers disease but the molecular connection between the t...ied the probable molecular basis for the diabetes alzheimers interaction. In a study published in the curren... form the senile plaques that riddle the brains of alzheimers patients. Although the damage took place long ...

Milan Fiala, MD, receives 2008 Alzheimer Award

...e 2008 Alzheimer Award presented by the Journal of alzheimers Disease in recognition of his outstanding work, "P... and inflammation: Two faces of innate immunity in alzheimers disease" by M. Fiala, D.H. Cribbs, M. Rosenthal an...ognition of our laboratorys work by the Journal of alzheimers Disease, said Dr. Fiala. This award belongs to all...

Investigators unveil new drug discovery tool for Alzheimer's disease

...cle published in the April issue of the Journal of alzheimers Disease presents a detailed characterization of a ...otein by abnormal hyperphosphorylation, as seen in alzheimers disease and a variety of other neurological disord... be abnormally modified in degenerating neurons in alzheimers disease in a process called neurofibrillary degene...
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