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Dementia: An underestimated problem

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[01/08/2011] Dementia is a disorder caused by malfunctions in brain performance, from which in Germany alone approximately 1.2 million people are suffering from. Since dementia mostly appears in the third phase in one’s life and the number of affected people is increasing constantly, all industrial nations are facing entirely new challenges.Dementia: An underestimated problem - Read more

Research: Over Half of Alzheimer's Cases May Be Preventable

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[21/07/2011] Over half of all Alzheimer's disease cases could potentially be prevented through lifestyle changes and treatment or prevention of chronic medical conditions, according to a study led by Doctor Deborah Barnes, a mental health researcher at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.Research: Over Half of Alzheimer's Cases May Be Preventable - Read more

Mind in distress: Mental afflictions are the new civilization disease

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[01/07/2011] The illness of depression affects about 121 million people worldwide and is among the most common causes of impending work incapacity. According to a WHO forecast, the number of affected people in the industrial nations will actually continue to rise – in the same way four other mental diseases will increase: alcohol addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and dementia. Mind in distress: Mental afflictions are the new civilization disease - Read more

Research Project: Several Methods for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease Developed

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[16/06/2011] PredictAD is an EU-funded research project that develops objective and efficient methods for enabling earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Diagnosis requires a holistic view of the patient combining information from several sources, such as, clinical tests, imaging and blood samples.Research Project: Several Methods for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease Developed - Read more

Alzheimer: Stress May Increase Risk

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[27/05/2011] Stress promotes neuropathological changes that are also seen in Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich have discovered that the increased release of stress hormones in rats leads to generation of abnormally phosphorylated tau protein in the brain and ultimately, memory loss.Alzheimer: Stress May Increase Risk - Read more

Circadian Rhythm: Clocks in the Human Brain

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[28/04/2011] Until now, the genes contributing to this timing, known as clock genes, have only been found to be active in areas outside the brain, such as the skin and blood cells. Recent findings are the first to show that these genes function in multiple areas of the human brain as well, as was shown previously in animals. Circadian Rhythm: Clocks in the Human Brain - Read more

MRI: Researchers May Predict Which Adults Will Develop Alzheimer's

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[06/04/2011] Using MRI, researchers may be able to predict which adults with mild cognitive impairment are more likely to progress to Alzheimer's disease, according to the results of a study.MRI: Researchers May Predict Which Adults Will Develop Alzheimer's - Read more

Alzheimer's Disease: Evidence Decades Before First Signs of Cognitive Impairment

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[29/03/2011] Researchers have found that patients with Alzheimer's disease have lower glucose utilization in the brain than those with normal cognitive function, and that those decreased levels may be detectable approximately 20 years prior to the first symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's Disease: Evidence Decades Before First Signs of Cognitive Impairment - Read more

Blood Samples: Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease

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[12/01/2011] Scientists have developed a novel technology that is able to detect the presence of immune molecules specific to Alzheimer’s disease in patients’ blood samples. While still preliminary, the findings offer clear proof that this breakthrough technology could be used in the development of biomarkers for a range of human diseases. Blood Samples: Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease - Read more

Learning: A Molecular Switch for Memory and Addiction

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[29/11/2010] Scientists from Germany, UK and Italy identify a molecular switch that leads to a sustained increase of calcium in nerve cells and plays a crucial role in the formation of memory and addictive behaviours.Learning: A Molecular Switch for Memory and Addiction - Read more