Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists zero in on origins of main ingredient of Alzheimer's plaques

Washington, April 10: Alzheimer's diseaseNeuroscientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have shed light on the origin of Alzheimer's disease, by finding that a key ingredient for the formation of Alzheimer's plaques is produced by a brain cell activity.


Depression may boost Alzheimer's risk: Study

Alzheimer’s diseaseWashington, April 8: Researchers at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, have found that depression is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease rather than an early sign of its underlying pathology.

In the study, researchers found no evidence of an increase in depressive symptoms during the prodromal phase before the clinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.


First diagnostic test for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's on the anvil

Alzheimer’s DiseaseLondon, Apr 7: A US company has revealed that it plans to launch new blood test that can give an early diagnosis of neurodegenerative disease and distinguish between Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.


Fish oils may help combat Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer DiseaseLondon, April 6 : Researchers at Aberdeen University have made a breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer's by finding that the disease can be combated with omega-3 oils.

In the study, researchers found that individuals, whose diets are high in omega-3 oils - found in found fish, walnuts and a number of seeds - do better in mental tests than those without the oils in their diets.


One cup of coffee a day may halt Alzheimer’s disease

Washington, April 3:Alzheimer’s disease A cup of strong coffee a day could protect against Alzheimer’s disease, a new research has found.

A daily dose of caffeine blocks the disruptive effects of high cholesterol that scientists have linked to Alzheimer's disease, earlier studies have shown.


Anti-psychotic Alzheimer's drugs do more harm than good

Anti-psychotic Alzheimer's drugs do more harm than goodLondon, Apr 1: A new study has suggested that the anti-psychotic drugs or neuroleptics, which are widely prescribed for Alzheimer's patients, do not provide any benefit, but cause significant deterioration in people suffering form the disease.


Big bellied 40-year-olds at increased Alzheimer’s risk in their 70s

AlzheimerWashington, Mar 27: People in their forties with large bellies are at an increased risk of developing dementia, finds a new study.

And, this risk doubles or triples in people who are overweight and obese.

The study, which is the first to look at the longitudinal association between midlife belly fat and the risk of dementia, was conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente.


Umbilical cord blood cell therapy halves Alzheimer’s pathology in mice

Washington, Mar 27: Alzheimer’s DiseaseUsing human umbilical cord blood cells may improve the pathology associated with Alzheimer’s disease, finds a new study on mice.


1 in 6 women, 1 in 10 men at risk for Alzheimer's disease in their lifetime

Washington, MarAlzheimer's disease 19: A new study led by an Indian origin researcher has estimated that one in six women and one in ten men are at the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease during their lifetime.

Sudha Seshadri, MD, led the study that was carried out at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

As a part of the study, 2,794 participants without dementia of the Framingham Heart Study were followed for 29 years.


Scientists unveil potential Alzheimer's disease drug target

AlzheimersWashington, March 15: A study on mice conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Diego, has revealed a way whereby the overproduction of a peptide associated with Alzheimer’s disease can be reduced.


Scientists use near-infrared light to detect Alzheimer's

Washington, Mar 15 : Researchers at Bedford, Massachusetts have developed a novel technique that can detect signs of Alzheimer's disease by examining brain tissue with the help of near-infrared light.
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The optical technique has been developed by Eugene Hanlon, a scientist at U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs Research, and his collaborators at Harvard Medical School/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre and Boston.


Kids of Alzheimer’s patients more prone to develop the disease

AlzheimerWashington, Mar 11: Offspring of patients having Alzheimer's disease might be more susceptible to developing the condition, say researchers at University of Washington, Seattle.

The study, led by Suman Jayadev, M. D., of the University of Washington, Seattle, has stated that Alzheimer’s disease is hereditary and identifying genes in patients can help detect others who are at risk for the condition.


People Born To Parents With Alzheimer's Have Higher Risks Of Developing The Disease – Says A New Study

AlzheimersA new research, published on Monday in the Archives of Neurology, has revealed that hereditary factors are very much influential among the people with Alzheimer's disease. The study at the University of Washington in Seattle has affirmed that the people born to the parents suffering from Alzheimer's have much higher risks of developing the disease.


IIT Kanpur, Warwick scientists link iron banded ‘fibrils’ to Parkinson's, Alzheimer's

AlzheimersWashington, March 6: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, and the University of Warwick, UK, have found that the mechanism that transports iron safely through our blood stream can, in some circumstances, malfunction due to long worm-like "fibrils" banded by lines of iron rust.


Early diagnosis of dementia, Alzheimer’s brings relief, not depression

AlzheimersWashington, Mar 4: Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and dementia brings relief to patients rather than pushing them into depression, says a new study.

A 2004 review of study had revealed that nearly half of the physicians were hesitant to inform patients of an Alzheimer's diagnosis fearing that it would further distress an already troubled patient.


Intranasal insulin may reduce food intake in men, boost memory in women

Intranasal insulin may reduce food intake in men, boost memory in womenWashington, Feb 22: A new study has found that insulin administered intranasally, severely decreases food intake in men but not women and moreover, the compound boosts memory function in women but not men.


IISc alumnus’ study links moss protein to Alzheimer's Disease

Washington, February 9:Alzheimer's Brain An Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore alumnus has shown that the moss plant Physcomitrella patens has a surprising link with an amyloid plaque found in brains having Alzheimer's disease.


Alzheimer’s mystery unravelled?

Alzheimer’s mystery unravelled?London, Feb 7 : A new study in mice has shown that formation of brain protein plaques may be the first step towards Alzheimer’s disease, and it can happen within a single day.

In the study, the researchers found that the plaques characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease can form extraordinarily fast, and seem to be the starting point of further degeneration in the brain.


Eating fruits may cut risk of Alzheimer's

Washington, Jan 31 : Eating fruits is not only good for skin and the digestive system, but it can also protect against Alzheimer’s disease.

A new study has examined the benefits of fruits like apples, bananas, and oranges and revealed that they also protect against neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

These fruits are the most common ingredients in both Western and Asian diets, and are important sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.


Less education linked to delayed detection of Alzheimer's onset

Alzheimer's DiseaseWashington, Jan 24: People with fewer years in school are more likely not to notice the early signs of Alzheimer's onset, says a new review.

The team of researchers at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Centre (ADRC) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis re-examined the records of 1,449 Alzheimer's patients from their centre and 21,880 patients from the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Centre (NACC).


New finding paves the way for treating leukaemia

LeukaemiaWashington, Jan 18: A new study has found for the first time a pathway that makes cancerous leukaemia cells resistant to treatment, thus paving the way for new therapies to treat the disease.

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have found that death-resistant Acute Myeloid Leukaemia cells are given their resistance by a genetic anti-oxidant pathway called hemeoxygenase-1 or HO-1.


Genes that affect Alzheimer's risk in relatives identified

Washington, Jan 18: Alzheimer BrainIn one of the largest study of Alzheimer's disease patients and their relatives, researchers at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville have found genes other than APOE4, a well known susceptibility risk factor, that are also responsible for determining who is at risk for developing the disease later in life.


Altering brain's lipid metabolism may help cut Alzheimer's plaques

Washington, Jan 18:Alzheimer's Disease A study by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has found that altering the brain's lipid metabolism may help reduce Alzheimer's plaques.

The study, conducted on a mouse model, has already shown positive results in the rodents, and highlights a new possibility for potential treatment of the disease.


Cholesterol-lowering drugs may not protect against Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's CancerWashington, Jan 17 : Cholesterol lowering drugs like statins may not offer protection against Alzheimer’s disease, say researchers.

The study conducted over a period of 12 years revealed that use of statins at any time had no effect on Alzheimer’s disease or strokes.


Portable device may help detect early onset of Alzheimer’s

Washington, Jan 17: Alzheimer’s diseaseUS researchers have developed a portable device that might quickly detect the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

The device ‘DETECT’ was created by David Wright, MD, assistant professor of emergency medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and co-director of the Emory Emergency Medicine Research Centre, and team.


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