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Specific cardiovascular risk factors predict Alzheimer's disease

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Photo: Glass of alcohol, a cigarette and a cup of coffee [28/07/2015] Specific cardiovascular risk factors, such as alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity and diabetes, are associated with smaller regional brain volumes that may be early indicators of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Specific cardiovascular risk factors predict Alzheimer's disease - Read more

Iron-containing inflammatory cells in Alzheimer's brains

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Graphic: Tree with a face looses it's leaves [24/07/2015] Examining post-mortem tissue from the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, Stanford University School of Medicine investigators identified what appear to be iron-containing microglia -- specialized scavenger cells that sometimes become inflammatory -- in a particular part of the hippocampus, a key brain structure whose integrity is critical to memory formation.Iron-containing inflammatory cells in Alzheimer's brains - Read more

Observing brain network dynamics to diagnose Alzheimer's

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Graphic: Different brain scans lined up [17/07/2015] New research provides insights into how the brain organizes itself, and sets the stage for early diagnosis of neurological disorders like Alzheimer's, in which these certain brain networks break down.Observing brain network dynamics to diagnose Alzheimer's - Read more

Host microbiota keep the brain healthy

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Grapic: Image of a microglia [02/06/2015] The gut’s microbiome has an impact on the brain’s immune response throughout life, with a possible effect on the course of diseases affecting the brain. Researchers at the University Medical Center Freiburg have uncovered these effects in mice.Host microbiota keep the brain healthy - Read more

Dementia: Screening older adults by telephone

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Photo: An older man talking on a mobile phone [04/05/2015] Nearly two-thirds of older adults were willing to undergo telephone screening for dementia, according to a new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute. Willingness to be screened by phone did not differ by sex, age or race.Dementia: Screening older adults by telephone - Read more

Low-frequency magnetic fields and development of Alzheimer's disease

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Photo: Microscope image [09/04/2015] Low-frequency alternating magnetic fields such as those generated by overhead power lines are considered a potential health risk because epidemiological studies indicate that they may aggravate, among other things, neurodegenerative disorders. However, a recent study has produced no evidence that these fields can cause exacerbation or accelerated disease development in relevant mouse models.Low-frequency magnetic fields and development of Alzheimer's disease - Read more

Nanofiber scaffolds and hydrogels guide 3-D neural structure

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Graphic: Blue nerve cells with red nuclei [02/04/2015] Damage to neural tissue is typically permanent and causes lasting disability in patients, but a new approach has recently been discovered that holds incredible potential to reconstruct neural tissue at high resolution in three dimensions.Nanofiber scaffolds and hydrogels guide 3-D neural structure - Read more

Is Alzheimer's an autoimmune disease?

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Photo: Two male scientists working in a lab [12/03/2015] Brain levels of the lipid ceramide are high in Alzheimer's disease, and now scientists have found increased levels of an antibody to the lipid in their disease model.Is Alzheimer's an autoimmune disease? - Read more

Beer compound could help fend off brain disorders

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Photo: A cold glass of beer [30/01/2015] The health-promoting perks of wine have attracted the spotlight recently, leaving beer in the shadows. But scientists are discovering new ways in which the latter could be a more healthful beverage than once thought.Beer compound could help fend off brain disorders - Read more

Do vascular diseases deliver clues to treat Alzheimer's?

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Graphic: Iconic man on a seesaw between heart and brain [16/01/2015] A growing body of research suggests that the most common cause of dementia in older people is a mix of vascular and Alzheimer's-related brain abnormalities, and that approximately half of people who die with Alzheimer's also have evidence of strokes in their brains.Do vascular diseases deliver clues to treat Alzheimer's? - Read more