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World Alzheimer’s Day 2014: "Dementia – Everybody can do something"

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Graphic: Brain consisting of gear wheels dissolves [16/09/2014] For the 20th time the World Alzheimer's Day takes place on 21st September 2014. This day, people are invited to participate actively in perceiving and dealing with dementia. The everyday life of people with dementia should be designed livable in all relevant areas.World Alzheimer’s Day 2014: "Dementia – Everybody can do something" - Read more

Link between vitamin D and dementia risk confirmed

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Photo: Vitamin D capsules [08/08/2014] In the largest study of its kind, researchers suggest that in older people not getting enough vitamin D may double the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Link between vitamin D and dementia risk confirmed - Read more

Potential biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease

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Graphic: old man thinking [30/07/2014] Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) report variants in a new gene, PLXNA4, which may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The discovery of this novel genetic association may lead to new drug treatment options that target PLXNA4 specifically. Potential biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease - Read more

Immune system: not even cell death can stop the alarm

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Photo: Confocal microscopy image of macrophages [26/06/2014] Even after a cell dies, components of the immune system remain active and continue to fuel inflammatory reactions. An international team of researchers under the direction of scientists from the Institute of Innate Immunity at the University Hospital of Bonn has discovered how this incredible form of communication works.Immune system: not even cell death can stop the alarm - Read more

Dementia: long-term care must be improved

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Photo: Physician holding an older patient's hand [25/06/2014] As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring numbers of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers, a new RAND Corporation study says.Dementia: long-term care must be improved - Read more

Researchers move small-molecule drugs through blood-brain barrier

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Graphic: Head made of jigsaws [06/06/2014] Researchers at Mayo Clinic have demonstrated in a mouse model that their recently developed synthetic peptide carrier is a potential delivery vehicle for brain cancer chemotherapy drugs and other neurological medications.Researchers move small-molecule drugs through blood-brain barrier - Read more

Duration And Severity: Diabetes Associated With Brain Atrophy

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Photo: Woman injects insulin [05/05/2014] Type 2 diabetes may be associated with brain degeneration, according to a new multicenter study. The study also found that, contrary to common clinical belief, diabetes may not be directly associated with small vessel ischemic disease, where the brain does not receive enough oxygenated blood.Duration And Severity: Diabetes Associated With Brain Atrophy - Read more

Brain: Forgetting Is Actively Regulated

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Photo: Ringworm C. elegans [24/03/2014] In order to function properly, the human brain requires the ability not only to store but also to forget: Through memory loss, unnecessary information is deleted and the nervous system retains its plasticity. A disruption of this process can lead to serious mental disorders.Brain: Forgetting Is Actively Regulated - Read more

Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight

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Photo: Blue Roundworm [19/03/2014] Scientists at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Biology of Ageing in Cologne have found that a naturally occurring molecule has the ability to enhance defense mechanisms against neurodegenerative diseases. Feeding this particular metabolite to the small roundworm C. elegans helps clear toxic protein aggregates in the body and extends life span. Alzheimer’s: How a Small Worm May Help the Fight - Read more

Brain Scans: Plaques Forecast Cognitive Impairment

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Photo: Brain images [12/03/2014] Brain imaging using radioactive dye can detect early evidence of Alzheimer's disease that may predict future cognitive decline among adults with mild or no cognitive impairment, according to a 36-month follow-up study led by Duke Medicine.Brain Scans: Plaques Forecast Cognitive Impairment - Read more

Alzheimer's: Blood Test Identifies Those At-risk for Cognitive Decline

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Photo: Blood test [10/03/2014] Researchers have discovered and validated a blood test that can predict with greater than 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease within three years.Alzheimer's: Blood Test Identifies Those At-risk for Cognitive Decline - Read more

Study: Gene Variation Associated With Brain Atrophy in Mild Cognitive Impairment

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Photo: Brain Scan [14/01/2014] The presence of a gene variant in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is associated with accelerated rates of brain atrophy, according to a new study.Study: Gene Variation Associated With Brain Atrophy in Mild Cognitive Impairment - Read more

Study: At-home Test Can Spot Early Alzheimer's

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Photo: Test [13/01/2014] The Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE test), which takes less than 15 minutes to complete, is a reliable tool for evaluating cognitive abilities, say researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Study: At-home Test Can Spot Early Alzheimer's - Read more

Unexpected Discovery: Alzheimer Substance May be the Nanomaterial of Tomorrow

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Photo: Hand with phial [17/12/2013] Amyloid protein causes diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. But amyloid also carries unique characteristics that may lead to the development of new composite materials for the nano processors and data storage of tomorrow, and even make objects invisible.Unexpected Discovery: Alzheimer Substance May be the Nanomaterial of Tomorrow - Read more

Brain: 11 New Alzheimer's Genes Discovered

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Photo: DNA [28/10/2013] University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers played a key role in the largest international Alzheimer's disease genetics collaboration to date, which identified 11 new regions of the genome that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer's disease.Brain: 11 New Alzheimer's Genes Discovered - Read more

Study: Preventive Effect of Plant Sterols in Alzheimer’s Disease

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Foto: Fruit Basket [25/10/2013] It’s no secret that many of the phytochemicals in fruit and vegetables have a positive effect on our health. For instance, plant sterols (also known as phytosterols) help to lower cholesterol levels. According to a new study by researchers at Saarland University, they also appear to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Study: Preventive Effect of Plant Sterols in Alzheimer’s Disease - Read more

Brain: Researchers Gain New Insights

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Foto: Microscopic view of the entorhinal cortex [24/09/2013] The entorhinal cortex is a link between the brain's memory centre, the hippocampus, and the other areas of the brain. It is, however, more than an interface that only transfers nervous impulses. Brain: Researchers Gain New Insights - Read more

World Alzheimer's Day - 09/21/2013

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Photo: Dementia [16/09/2013] An advancing loss of cognitive abilities, of control about language and motor function and of the ability to master everyday life without help – 35 million people worldwide experience this as they suffer from a dementia illness. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease that has been described for the first time in 1906 by the German neurologist Alois Alzheimer.World Alzheimer's Day - 09/21/2013 - Read more

Alzheimer's: Detecting Early Brain Network Decay

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Photo: Spinal cord [22/08/2013] In patients with early Alzheimer's disease, disruptions in brain networks emerge about the same time as chemical markers of the disease appear in the spinal fluid, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shown.Alzheimer's: Detecting Early Brain Network Decay - Read more

ALS Trial: Novel Therapy is Safe

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Photo: Protein [25/04/2013] An investigational treatment for an inherited form of Lou Gehrig’s disease has passed an early phase clinical trial for safety, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Massachusetts General Hospital report.ALS Trial: Novel Therapy is Safe - Read more

Cell Division: How Alzheimer's Could Occur

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Photo: Spherical structures in cells [12/04/2013] A new hypothesis has been developed by researchers from the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) on how Alzheimer's disease could occur. They analyzed the interaction of the proteins FE65 and BLM that regulate cell division.Cell Division: How Alzheimer's Could Occur - Read more

Brain-imaging Tool: Identifing Cognitive Decline Early

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Photo: Brain [04/04/2013] Researchers of the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) have used a brain-imaging tool and stroke risk assessment to identify signs of cognitive decline early on in individuals who do not yet show symptoms of dementia.Brain-imaging Tool: Identifing Cognitive Decline Early - Read more

Immune Response: New Approach to Treat Alzheimer’s?

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Photo: Head and nerve cell [20/12/2012] Researchers in Bonn, Germany, have identified a protein as a potential target for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The molecular complex is part of the immune system and a driving force for inflammatory responses of the brain.Immune Response: New Approach to Treat Alzheimer’s? - Read more

Neurophysiology: “The body’s memory has an impact on neurological memory”

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[03/12/2012] Our behavior is reflected in our body. Poor nutrition or addictions affect body functions and leave their mark on the body’s memory. The neurological memory also works similarly: the nervous system stores the traces of the signaling pathways in cells and recalls them as required.Neurophysiology: “The body’s memory has an impact on neurological memory” - Read more

Anti-Aiging: Nanoparticles Against Aging

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[05/10/2012] A team of Spanish scientists of the Asociación RUVID has developed an intelligent nanodevice that lays the foundations for the future development of new therapies against aging. The device consists of nanoparticles that can selectively release drugs in aged human cells. Anti-Aiging: Nanoparticles Against Aging - Read more

Neurology: New Enzyme to Fight Alzheimer's Disease

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[19/09/2012] An enzyme that could represent a powerful new tool for combating Alzheimer's disease has been discovered by researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida. The enzyme — known as BACE2 — destroys beta-amyloid, a toxic protein fragment that litters the brains of patients who have the disease.Neurology: New Enzyme to Fight Alzheimer's Disease - Read more

World Alzheimer’s Day

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[19/09/2012] Dementia diseases affect more and more people - there are currently about 35 million patients worldwide. By 2050 the number will rise to an estimated 115 million. In order to raise attention for the situation of Alzheimer's patients, every year on 21 September, the World Alzheimer's Day takes place.World Alzheimer’s Day - Read more

Diabetes Drug: Could Help Fight Alzheimer's Disease?

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[17/09/2012] A drug designed for diabetes sufferers could have the potential to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, a study by scientists at the University of Ulster has revealed. Type II diabetes is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s and it is thought that impaired insulin signalling in the brain could damage nerve cells and contribute to the disease.Diabetes Drug: Could Help Fight Alzheimer's Disease? - Read more

Alzheimer's Patients: Delirium and Long-term Cognitive Decline

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[21/08/2012] Patients with Alzheimer's disease who suffered episodes of delirium while hospitalized had a sharply increased rate of mental decline for up to five years after being hospitalized compared to those who did not have any such episodes, according to a study by researchers at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.Alzheimer's Patients: Delirium and Long-term Cognitive Decline - Read more

Dementia: Autoantibodies Damage Blood Vessels in The Brain

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[01/08/2012] The presence of specific autoantibodies of the immune system is associated with blood vessel damage in the brain. These findings were made by researchers of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) Berlin, Germany, in studies on a rat model.Dementia: Autoantibodies Damage Blood Vessels in The Brain - Read more

Drugs Ferry: ”We are not limited to one active ingredient group or one active ingredient“

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[08/05/2012] Drugs that treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or multiple sclerosis are most effective directly where they are needed – in the brain. Unfortunately, it is difficult to develop drugs that are capable of getting there specifically, since the so-called blood-brain barrier prevents this from happening. However, now a team led by Doctor Heiko Manninga succeeded in doing precisely that. Drugs Ferry: ”We are not limited to one active ingredient group or one active ingredient“ - Read more

Brain: New Understanding of Alzheimer's Trigger

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[07/05/2012] A highly toxic beta-amyloid – a protein that exists in the brains of Alzheimer's disease victims – has been found to greatly increase the toxicity of other more common and less toxic beta-amyloids, serving as a possible "trigger" for the advent and development of Alzheimer's, researchers at the University of Virginia have discovered.Brain: New Understanding of Alzheimer's Trigger - Read more

Alzheimer's Disease: Single-neuron Observations Mark Steps

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[26/04/2012] Studying a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease, neuroscientists at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), Germany, have observed correlations between increases in both soluble and plaque-forming beta-amyloid – a protein implicated in the disease process – and dysfunctional developments on several levels: individual cortical neurons, neuronal circuits, sensory cognition, and behaviour.Alzheimer's Disease: Single-neuron Observations Mark Steps - Read more

Bipolar Disorder: Body Clocks May Hold Key for Treatment

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[14/03/2012] Scientists have gained insight into why lithium salts are effective at treating bipolar disorder in what could lead to more targeted therapies with fewer side-effects.Bipolar Disorder: Body Clocks May Hold Key for Treatment - Read more

Neurodegenerative Disease: View on Causal Mechanism in ALS

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[01/03/2012] In a study Munich-based researchers refute a widely accepted hypothesis about a causative step in neurodegenerative conditions. These results deal specifically with animal models of human amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig's disease) but also raise questions for research on other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's or Huntington's disease.Neurodegenerative Disease: View on Causal Mechanism in ALS - Read more

Facing Forgetfulness: Recognising the Early Stages of Alzheimer‘s Disease

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[01/02/2012] Diagnosing advanced Alzheimer‘s nowadays is no longer difficult. And yet, to detect the so-called “progressive neurodegenerative brain disease with memory loss as the leading symptom“ early on, basic diagnostic methods are not sufficient. Facing Forgetfulness: Recognising the Early Stages of Alzheimer‘s Disease - Read more

Diagnosis: Alzheimer’s damage occurs early

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[10/01/2012] The first changes in the brain of a person with Alzheimer’s disease can be observed as much as ten years in advance – ten years before the person in question has become so ill that he or she can be diagnosed with the disease. This is what a new study from Lund University in Sweden has found.Diagnosis: Alzheimer’s damage occurs early - Read more

Diagnostics: Measurements Towards Earlier Diagnosis in Alzheimer's Disease

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[15/12/2011] European PredictAD project, lead by Principal Scientist Jyrki Lötjönen from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, has developed a decision support tool for objective diagnostics of Alzheimer's disease.Diagnostics: Measurements Towards Earlier Diagnosis in Alzheimer's Disease - Read more

DNA: Video Game Players Advancing Genetic Research

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[07/12/2011] Thousands of video game players have helped significantly advance our understanding of the genetic basis of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes and cancer over the past year. They are the users of a web-based video game developed by Doctor Jérôme Waldispuhl of the McGill School of Computer Science.DNA: Video Game Players Advancing Genetic Research - Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease: Many Patients Get Drugs with Opposing Effects

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[27/10/2011] You wouldn’t break your car while stepping on the gas - or wash down a sleeping pill with espresso. Yet many people taking common Alzheimer’s disease medications - cholinesterase inhibitors - are given medications with anticholinergic properties, which oppose their effects. Group Health Research Institute scientists investigated how often that happens.Alzheimer’s Disease: Many Patients Get Drugs with Opposing Effects - Read more

Neurology: Aging's Effect on the Brain

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[11/10/2011] Research by biologists at the University of York and Hull York Medical School has revealed important new information about the way the brain is affected by age. Working with scientists at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry in Plymouth, they have studied responses to stress in synapses - neuronal connections.Neurology: Aging's Effect on the Brain - Read more

Study: Alzheimer's Disease Rises During Day and Falls with Sleep

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[27/09/2011] A marker for Alzheimer's disease rises and falls in the spinal fluid in a daily pattern that echoes the sleep cycle, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis have found. The pattern is strongest in healthy young people and reinforces a link between increased Alzheimer's risk and inadequate sleep that had been discovered in animal models.Study: Alzheimer's Disease Rises During Day and Falls with Sleep - Read more

World Alzheimer's Day 2011: "Faces of Dementia"

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[21/09/2011] The theme for World Alzheimer's Day 2011 is 'Faces of dementia'. In much different materials and activities Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and Alzheimer associations across the world will focus on the many issues surrounding the 'Faces of dementia'.World Alzheimer's Day 2011: "Faces of Dementia" - Read more

Research: New Way to Target Shape-shifting Proteins

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[01/09/2011] A molecule which can stop the formation of long protein strands, known as amyloid fibrils, that cause joint pain in kidney dialysis patients has been identified by researchers at the University of Leeds. Research: New Way to Target Shape-shifting Proteins - Read more

Treatment: Vitamin C Dissolves Toxic Protein Aggregates in Alzheimer's Disease

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[19/08/2011] Researchers at Lund University have discovered a new function for vitamin C. Treatment with vitamin C can dissolve the toxic protein aggregates that build up in the brain in Alzheimer's disease. Treatment: Vitamin C Dissolves Toxic Protein Aggregates in Alzheimer's Disease - Read more

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

Medication: Diabetes Drug Could Work Against Alzheimer's

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[26/11/2010] Metformin, a drug used in type 2-diabetes might have the potential to also act against Alzheimer's disease. This has been shown in a study from scientists of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), the University of Dundee and the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Genetics. Medication: Diabetes Drug Could Work Against Alzheimer's - Read more

The Importance of Exercise: Special Risk for Alzheimer Patients

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[22/11/2010] Physical activity promotes changes in the brain that may protect high-risk individuals against cognitive decline, including development of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study done at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).The Importance of Exercise: Special Risk for Alzheimer Patients - Read more

New Study: Peripheral Induction of Alzheimer-Like Brain Pathology in Mice

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[25/10/2010] Pathological protein deposits linked to Alzheimer's disease and cerebral amyloid angiopathy can be triggered by peripheral administration of pathogenic misfolded protein fragments outside the brain. This shows a new study done by researchers at the Hertie Institute of Clinical Brain Research and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE).New Study: Peripheral Induction of Alzheimer-Like Brain Pathology in Mice - Read more

Key to Blood-Brain Barrier: Open Way for Treating Alzheimer’s and Stroke

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[15/10/2010] While the blood-brain barrier (BBB) protects the brain from harmful chemicals occurring naturally in the blood, it also obstructs the transport of drugs to the brain. Scientists at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet now present a potential solution to the problem. Key to Blood-Brain Barrier: Open Way for Treating Alzheimer’s and Stroke - Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease: Nicotine Could Play A Role

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[14/10/2010] Stimulating the brain's Alpha7 nicotine receptor may eliminate side effects caused by promising Alzheimer's drug.Alzheimer’s Disease: Nicotine Could Play A Role - Read more

Alzheimer's: Report Reveals Massive Global Cost

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[21/09/2010] A landmark report on the Global Economic Impact of Dementia finds that Alzheimer's disease and other dementias are exacting a massive toll on the global economy, with the problem set to accelerate in coming years. Alzheimer's: Report Reveals Massive Global Cost - Read more

Brain Exercises: May Slow Cognitive Decline But Speed Up Dementia Later

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[02/09/2010] New research shows that mentally stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles, reading and listening to the radio may, at first, slow the decline of thinking skills but speed up dementia later in old age. Brain Exercises: May Slow Cognitive Decline But Speed Up Dementia Later - Read more

Alzheimer’s: Stress In Middle Age Could Contribute to Late Life Dementia

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[16/08/2010] Psychological stress in middle age could lead to the development of dementia later in life, especially Alzheimer’s disease, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Alzheimer’s: Stress In Middle Age Could Contribute to Late Life Dementia - Read more

Neurochip Technology: The Brain on a Microchip

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[13/08/2010] The University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine scientists have been involved in the development of new technology that monitors brain cell activity at a resolution never achieved before. Neurochip Technology: The Brain on a Microchip - Read more

Alzheimer’s Therapy: Identification of Key Target Molecule

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[02/08/2010] Researchers from the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich have shown that the ADAM10 protein can inhibit the formation of beta-amyloid, which is responsible for Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Therapy: Identification of Key Target Molecule - Read more

Dementia: Education helps

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[02/06/2010] Researchers have discovered that education not only delays the early symptoms of dementia, but can also slow down the development of the disease – a finding that could result in faster diagnosis and treatment of dementia.Dementia: Education helps - Read more

Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“

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[01/05/2010] Individual, goal oriented and without any side effects – this is how more and more patients should be treated in the future. Treatments according to the key-lock principle already partially exist today. MEDICA.de talked to Ivar Roots from the Charité Institute for Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology about cancer, genes and an unusual present. Personalized Medicine: “A Genetic Test for Your Graduation Present“ - Read more

Elderly: Untreated Poor Vision Linked to Dementia

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[18/02/2010] Elderly people with visual disorders that are left untreated are significantly more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease - the most common form of dementia, according to a new study.Elderly: Untreated Poor Vision Linked to Dementia - Read more

Diagnosis: Subjective Memory Loss Hints At Dementia

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[08/01/2010] Forgot where you put your keys? Having trouble recalling your colleague’s name? If so, this may be a symptom of subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), the earliest sign of cognitive decline.Diagnosis: Subjective Memory Loss Hints At Dementia - Read more

Alzheimer's: Blood Test Identifies Women at Risk

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[25/11/2009] A thesis from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, reveals that middle-aged women with high levels of a specific amino acid in their blood are twice as likely to suffer from Alzheimer's many years later.Alzheimer's: Blood Test Identifies Women at Risk - Read more

Alzheimer's: Amyloid Beta Protein Helps Understanding

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[23/11/2009] While too much amyloid beta protein in the brain is linked to the development of Alzheimer's disease, not enough of the protein in healthy brains can cause learning problems and forgetfulness. Alzheimer's: Amyloid Beta Protein Helps Understanding - Read more

Alzheimer's: High Protein Diet Led to a Smaller Brain

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[16/11/2009] Researchers, who tested the effects of several diets for their impacts on Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology in a mouse model of the disease, found that a high protein diet apparently shrinks the brain. Alzheimer's: High Protein Diet Led to a Smaller Brain - Read more

People with a Learning Disability: "A Lack of Expert Knowledge Prevents Right Treatment“

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[22/10/2009] In Germany, people normally relate the occurrence of a 2-class system in healthcare to the different treatment of patients with a statutory health insurance and a private health insurance. But there is more to it. Another 2-class system exists concerned with medical treatment of people with a learning disability compared to those without.People with a Learning Disability: "A Lack of Expert Knowledge Prevents Right Treatment“ - Read more

Alzheimer’s: Close Caregiver Relationship May Slow Decline

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[29/09/2009] A study led by Johns Hopkins and Utah State University researchers suggests that a particularly close relationship with caregivers may give people with Alzheimer's disease a marked edge over those without. Alzheimer’s: Close Caregiver Relationship May Slow Decline - Read more

Neurology: PGD May Pose Risks

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[29/07/2009] A new long-term analysis of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) in mice suggests that this procedure may increase risks of weight gain and memory decline in adulthood. Neurology: PGD May Pose Risks - Read more

Alzheimer's: Earlier Detection Is Possible

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[28/07/2009] Researchers at Trinity College Dublin show that a relatively simple prediction model, including the combination of hippocampus volume measured by MRI with memory tests, may be able to accurately diagnose Alzheimer's at a very early stage. Alzheimer's: Earlier Detection Is Possible - Read more

Neurology: A Penny for your Prions

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[01/07/2009] Researchers have discovered a link between copper and the normal functioning of prion proteins, which are associated with encephalopathy diseases such as Creutzfeldt-Jakob and other prion-related illnesses like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson's.Neurology: A Penny for your Prions - Read more

Alzheimer's: X-Rays for Disease Detection

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[23/06/2009] Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have demonstrated a new, highly detailed x-ray imaging technique that could be developed into a method for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's: X-Rays for Disease Detection - Read more

Alzheimer's: When One Forgets That One Forgets

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[01/06/2009] Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is important because drugs can decelerate the process in the beginning of the disease. However, the problem is that patients do not recognise their illness. And even medical staff often does not react if the first symptoms appear. Alzheimer's: When One Forgets That One Forgets - Read more

Alzheimer's: When One Forgets That One Forgets

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When One Forgets That One Forgets [01/06/2009] Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is important because drugs can decelerate the process in the beginning of the disease. However, the problem is that patients do not recognise their illness. And even medical staff often does not react if the first symptoms appear. Alzheimer's: When One Forgets That One Forgets - Read more

Diagnosis: Biomarker Test to Foresee Alzheimer’s

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[25/03/2009] A test capable of confirming or ruling out Alzheimer’s disease has been validated and standardised by U.S. researchers. The test also predicted whether a mild cognitive impairment would convert to Alzheimer’s disease later on. Diagnosis: Biomarker Test to Foresee Alzheimer’s - Read more

Biotechnology: Molecules, Technique and Therapies (Part 1)

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[15/11/2008] by Wiebke Heiss / MEDICA.de Detergents, plants resistant to bugs, drugs - chemistry, physics, biology – in the country, at sea or in the air. Biotechnology is everywhere since it is one of the most interdisciplinary branches of research – and helps medicine to combat diseases formerly known as not being treatable.Biotechnology: Molecules, Technique and Therapies (Part 1) - Read more

Research: From the Lab to Clinical Everyday Life

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[01/11/2008] „News from health research of the Helmholtz Association“ – this will be a topic on the Congress at MEDICA 2008. Current results of research to therapies against cancer are on the programme as well as news on the early diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases. Research: From the Lab to Clinical Everyday Life - Read more

Online Tests: Checking the Genotype through Click and Buy

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[01/08/2008] Genetic tests offer big potential in the fight against illnesses – if they are used sensible. However, a few years ago the first tests appeared on the internet and now everybody can determine his personal risk to fall ill one day with osteoporosis, high blood pressure or Parkinson - so it seems. It rather is an expensive and unreliable glimpse in the future.Online Tests: Checking the Genotype through Click and Buy - Read more

Sperm: Ingredient 'Drastically' Enhances HIV Infection

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[14/12/2007] A plentiful ingredient found in human semen drastically enhances the ability of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) to cause infection, according to a report. Sperm: Ingredient 'Drastically' Enhances HIV Infection - Read more

 
 

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