Alzheimer's Disease

Smell test can reveal if you are at Alzheimer's risk

Smell test can reveal if you are at Alzheimer's riskWashington D.C, Jul 27 - An odour identification test can tell whether or not your loved one is at risk of Alzheimer's disease, suggests a recent study.

Two studies from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), New York State Psychiatric Institute and NewYork-Presbyterian suggested that the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT) may offer a practical, low-cost alternative to other tests.


Combo therapy may help slow Alzheimer's down

Combo therapy may help slow Alzheimer's downWashington D.C, Jun 26 - According to a recent study, combination therapy may hold the key to slowing down Alzheimer's disease.

Resveratrol is a naturally occurring polyphenolic phytochemical produced in several plants, especially grapes skin and seeds. One epidemiological study reported a positive association between moderate red wine consumption and a low incidence of cardiovascular disease, known as the "French Paradox."


Anti-cancer drug may help treat Alzheimer's, improve memory

Anti-cancer drug may help treat Alzheimer's, improve memoryWashington D.C, Oct 4 - A team of researchers has found that an anti-cancer drug may make it easier to learn a language, sharpen your memory and help those with dementia and Alzheimer's disease by rewiring the brain and keeping neurons alive.


Diabetes may be linked to brain tangles, separate from Alzheimer's disease

Diabetes may be linked to brain tangles, separate from Alzheimer's diseaseWashington D.C, Sept 6 - A new study has suggested that Diabetes and the buildup of tangles or tau in the brain may be linked independently of Alzheimer's disease.

Study author Velandai Srikanth said that evidence shows that people with type 2 diabetes have double the risk of developing dementia and this interesting development further defines how the diseases may be connected.


New hybrid 'MIND diet' can cut Alzheimer's risk by 53 pc

New hybrid 'MIND diet' can cut Alzheimer's risk by 53 pcWashington, Mar. 20 - A new hybrid diet, called MIND, can help cut Alzheimer's risk by 53 percent in people who can follow it rigorously, it has been reported.

Rush nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, PhD, and colleagues developed the "Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay" (MIND) diet.


Ultrasound technique reduces Alzheimer's symptoms

Ultrasound technique reduces Alzheimer's symptomsWashington, Feb 23 : Researchers were recently able to decrease Alzheimer's symptoms for first time ever with the help of MR imaging-guided focused ultrasound.

MR imaging-guided focused ultrasound has been shown to temporarily open the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which allows for more effective delivery of drugs to the brain. In order to accomplish this, researchers use a microbubble contrast agent.


Protein klotho can protect against Alzheimer's symptoms

Protein klotho can protect against Alzheimer's symptomsWashington, Feb 11 : A new research has revealed that a protein linked to longevity and enhanced cognition can protect against Alzheimer's symptoms.


Spice turmeric may hold key to treating Alzheimer's disease

Spice turmeric may hold key to treating Alzheimer's diseaseWashington, Jan. 19 - A new study has recently revealed that curcumin, a natural product found in the spice turmeric, may hold the key to treat Alzheimer's disease.

The study indicated that a close chemical analog of curcumin has properties that may make it useful as a treatment for the brain disease.


Simple computer test can help detect early signs of Alzheimer's

Simple computer test can help detect early signs of Alzheimer'sWashington, Sept 22 : A new study has revealed that a simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect heightened risk for developing Alzheimer's disease in a person, even before there are any telltale behavioural signs of dementia.


Be in horses' company to ease Alzheimer's symptoms

Be in horses' company to ease Alzheimer's symptomsNew York, May 6 : Taking care of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease may not be an easy task, but if you let them take care of a horse under supervision, the symptoms of dementia eases to a great extent, a significant study revealed.


Diabetes drug may help reduce Alzheimer's spread: Study

Diabetes drug may help reduce Alzheimer's spreadWashington, March 25 - While conducting an experimental model, researchers found that pramlintide, a diabetic drug, helps in reducing amyloid-beta peptides, a major element of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the brain.

Scientists from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) also found that pramlintide improves learning and memory and AD patients have a lower level of amylin in blood compared to those without this disease.


Healthy and active lifestyle could help beat dementia

Healthy and active lifestyle could help beat dementiaLondon, March 24 - Researchers have said that a good diet, not smoking, taking exercise and limiting alcohol intake could help cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

Professor John Gallacher, from the Institute of Primary Care and Health at Cardiff University, told Daily Express that unhealthy lifestyles of Britons directly contribute to the increase in dementia rates currently undergoing in the country.


Simple blood test can predict Alzheimer's

Simple blood test can predict Alzheimer'sWashington, March 10 : A simple blood test has the potential to predict whether a healthy person would develop symptoms of dementia within two or three years, a promising research shows.

The test could fill a major gap in strategies to combat brain degeneration which is thought to show symptoms only at a stage when it too late to treat effectively.


Concussions may lead to Alzheimer's disease

Concussions may lead to Alzheimer's diseaseWashington, Dec. 27 - A new study has suggested that a history of concussion involving at least a momentary loss of consciousness could be related to the onset of Alzheimer's-associated plaques in the brain.


What causes neuron death in Alzheimer's Disease

What causes neuron death in Alzheimer's DiseaseWashington, Dec. 16 - Researchers have said that massive neuron death that occurs in Alzheimer's Disease (AD) seems to be caused by raw ingredients of plaques and tangles working in concert, rather than by plaques and tangles themselves.


'Alzheimer's drug to be developed within five years'

'Alzheimer's drug to be developed within five years'Washington, Dec 5 : Scientists have said that a drug that could provide a breakthrough for Alzheimer's disease will be available within the next five years.

Recruitment of people aged 55 - 90 to take part in the final-stage study in the US is taking place. The study will examine if the drug solanezumab slows the cognitive and functional decline of people who suffer from mild Alzheimer's.


11 new Alzheimer's genes to target for drug discovered

11 new Alzheimer's genes to target for drug discovered Washington, Oct 28 - Researchers have identified 11 new regions of the genome that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer's disease, doubling the number of potential genetics-based therapeutic targets to investigate.

In 2011, the world's four largest research consortia on the genetics of Alzheimer's disease joined efforts to discover and map the genes that contribute to Alzheimer's, forming the International Genomics of Alzheimer's Project (IGAP).


Antibody fragment that fights Alzheimer's disease in mice developed

Antibody fragment that fights Alzheimer's disease in mice developedWashington, Oct 28 - Researchers have conducted trials with mice by injecting a specific antibody fragment against soluble aggregates of the A peptide, responsible for the toxicity and cell death characteristic of Alzheimer's disease.

The beneficial effects were seen at the behavioural, cellular and molecular levels five days after an intraperitoneal dose was administered.


Plant sterols may prevent onset of Alzheimer's disease

Plant sterols may prevent onset of Alzheimer's disease Washington, Oct 25 - High cholesterol levels have long been discussed to increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, but now researchers have demonstrated preventive effect of sterols in the disease.


Poor sleep quality may trigger Alzheimer's disease onset and progression

Poor sleep quality may trigger Alzheimer's disease onset and progressionWashington, Oct 22 - A new study has revealed that shorter sleep duration and lower sleep quality are both associated with onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease in adults.


Peanut butter test 'cheapest way' to identify Alzheimer's symptoms

Peanut butter test 'cheapest way' to identify Alzheimer's symptomsWashington, Oct 11 : A scoop of peanut butter and a ruler can be a cheap way to diagnose Alzheimer's disease, according to a new research.

That's what researchers at the University of Florida's McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste are hoping.


Spike in brain activity may deter Alzheimer's

Spike in brain activity may deter Alzheimer'sTel Aviv, April 20 : Short bursts of brain activity may help protect from Alzheimer's, says a study conducted by researchers in Israel.


Alzheimer’s can now be diagnosed 15 years before symptoms strike

Alzheimer’s can now be diagnosed 15 years before symptoms strike Melbourne, Mar 8 : Researchers from Melbourne have made a major breakthrough in diagnosing Alzheimer's 15 years before symptoms strike, offering hope of avoiding dementia.

The discovery gives drug companies a target to aim for as they search for a cure to Alzheimer's.


Anti-ageing superdrug could help prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s

 Anti-ageing superdrug could help prevent cancer and Alzheimer’s Melbourne, Mar 8 : An Australian scientist believes he has invented a new class of superdrug that could prevent cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

What's more, Professor David Sinclair said that his drugs have the potential to help some people enjoy a healthy life until the age of 150. However, this needs further research.


Green tea holds promise against Alzheimer''s

Green tea holds promise against Alzheimer''sWashington, March 6 : Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that a molecule in green tea can prevent misfolding of specific proteins in the brain, which is associated with amyloid plaques in Alzheimer''s disease.

The aggregation of these proteins, called metal-associated amyloids, is also associated with other neurodegenerative conditions.


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