Alzheimer’s disease: Molecular Chain Reaction Found?

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden headed by Professor Singerup Linse and Erik Helistrand have recently identified a molecular mechanism behind the crucial step in Alzheimer’s that leads to the death of brain cells.   The neurological disease is associated, as a general statement, with memory loss and changes in personality.  The research at Lund […]

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Children of Long-lived Parents: Less Risk of Cancer?

  A recently completed study at the University of Exeter showed that people with long-lived parents had a twenty-four percent decreased chance of getting cancer.  The parameters of ‘long-lived’ defined as mothers who lived past ninety-one years and fathers who lived past eighty-seven years. A side study posted from the National Institute for Health and […]

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Alzheimer’s in Mice: Drug-reversible?

Within the journal Science, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health scientists confirm that a study performed on mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease had significantly improved brain function and memory capabilities after being treated with an anti-cancer drug. The cancer drug, known as bexarotene, has previously been studied and used for the treatment cutaneous […]

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A Promising New Alzheimer’s Drug Stops Memory Loss

According to Northwestern Medicine Research, new experimental molecules have great promise in targeting enzymes in the brain that prevent memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease.  Developed in D. Martin Watterson’s laboratory, the molecules halted memory loss and were able to fix damaged communication between brain cells in mice. Researchers identified and targeted a key enzyme: a […]

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Antibodies Effectively Treat Alzheimer’s-like Disease

Drs. David Holtzman and Mac Diamond of the Washington University School of Medicine recently published research in Neuron that outlined the process of studying mice for potential tau protein tangle treatment avenues. Tau is a toxic component of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, due to the protein’s tendency to amass in tangles.  The aggregates, called […]

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ACE Inhibitors and Alzheimer’s Prevention

Cedars-Sinai scientists published a study in Journal of Clinical Investigation that suggests ACE inhibitors, in the right context and at the right time, can be a good thing.   Many people with high blood pressure take ACE inhibitors, medication meant to widen blood vessels by limiting activity of ACE (angiotensin-converting enzyme), a naturally occurring protein. […]

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A Vicious Cycle of Alzheimer’s and Diabetic Hypoglicemia?

A study conducted recently at the Univeraity of California- San Francisco published online in  JAMA Internal Medicine. The research was focused in on finding a close link between diabetes and dementia. According to the journal, diabetic patients with low blood sugar may have an increased risk of developing dementia, and patients with dementia or other […]

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A New Drug Reverses Lost Brain Connections in Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have developed the first experimental drug named NitroMemantine that boosts brain synapses lost to Alzheimer’s disease. The medication combines two FDA-approved drugs to stop destructive cascades within the brain, which destroys the connections between neurons and ultimatly leads to memory loss and a decline in cognition. Dr. Stuart A. […]

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Green Tea May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center discovered that flavored ECGC, or epigallocatechi-3-gallate, found in green tea could bind to the toxic protein beta-amyloid and prevent its build-up. When ECGC binds to the protein, it is able to change beta-amyloid’s properties. Dr. Mi Hee Lim, lead researcher of the study, found that ECGC bonded to […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease Progression Halted Due to Increased Protein Expression

A recent report from researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital which identifies a protein that aids the immune system in the removal of A-beta protein from the brain, could lead to new treatments of Alzheimer’s disease. According to cocorresponding author of the report, Dr. Joseph Eli Khoury of the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases […]

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