Alzheimer's Disease

Anti-ageing pill may help prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer

Anti-ageing pill may help prevent Alzheimer’s and cancer London, February 25 : Carnosine, which is taken as a dietary supplement, could help protect against a host of diseases from cancer to Alzheimer's disease, scientists have claimed.

The powerful antioxidant tablet is already used in anti-ageing products and by athletes to delay muscle fatigue.

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Southampton Varsity identify molecular system that could help develop potential treatment for Alzhei

Southampton Varsity identify molecular system that could help develop potential treatment for Alzhei London, Feb 25 : Scientists from the University of Southampton have identified the molecular system that contributes to the harmful inflammatory reaction in the brain during neurodegenerative diseases.

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New drug could stop Alzheimer’s early in its tracks

New drug could stop Alzheimer’s early in its tracksLondon, February 4 : A drug that could stop Alzheimer's disease before it seriously affects a person's mental abilities is being developed by researchers in Britain.

Early trials conducted on mice showed that the compound reduced by a third the number of `plaques' on the brain, which are associated with the disease.

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Key molecule behind Alzheimer's identified

Key molecule behind Alzheimer's identifiedToronto, Dec 4 : Canadian researchers have identified a key molecule that controls a scissor-like protein responsible for sprouting of plaques -- the telltale sign of Alzheimer's disease.

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Gene variation nearly triples risk of Alzheimer''s

Gene variation nearly triples risk of Alzheimer''sWashington, November 15 : A gene so powerful it nearly triples the risk of Alzheimer''s disease has been discovered by an international team of scientists.

Researchers have called the findings “the most potent genetic risk factor for Alzheimer''s identified in the past 20 years.”

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Genetic mutation linked to Alzheimer''s disease

Genetic mutation linked to Alzheimer''s diseaseWashington, November 15 : A mutation in an immune system gene may contribute to a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer''s disease, Canadian researchers have found.

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Brain''s metabolism may signal Alzheimer’s progress

Brain''s metabolism may signal Alzheimer’s progressLondon, November 12 : Early clues about the progress of Alzheimer’s disease can be found in the metabolism of the brain, researchers have found.

In their study study, the scientists found that symptoms for Alzheimer’s disease will appear early on. As these signs arise, there will be changes in the metabolic processes of the brain.

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New therapeutic target for Alzheimer''s disease identified

New therapeutic target for Alzheimer''s disease identifiedWashington, November 2 : A new study has identified an enzyme called Monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL) as a potential therapeutic target to treat or prevent Alzheimer''s disease.

The research team found that inactivation of MAGL, best known for its role in degrading a cannabinoid produced in the brain, reduced the production and accumulation of beta amyloid plaques, a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer''s disease.

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Wonderpill that can halt Alzheimer’s could be available by 2016

Wonderpill that can halt Alzheimer’s could be available by 2016London, October 31 : A wonderpill which can halt and may even reverse Alzheimer's disease is set to go through a series of trials and researchers said the twice-daily pill could be available on prescription to hundreds of thousands of patients within four years.

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Magnets could be used to ease pain of Alzheimer’s

Magnets could be used to ease pain of Alzheimer’sLondon, October 29: Using a magnetic coil to stimulate the parts of the brain involved in memory and learning could help delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers.

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High-carb diets may increase Alzheimer’s risk

High-carb diets may increase Alzheimer’s riskLondon, Oct 20 : Older people, who eat a carbohydrate rich diet are four times more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, which is a precursor to Alzheimer's disease, a new research has claimed.

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Transfusion of young blood `may delay onset of diseases like Alzheimer’s in elderly`

 Transfusion of young blood `may delay onset of diseases like Alzheimer’s in elderly`	London, October 18 : Filtering younger blood into an older body could combat the problem of deteriorating memory by rejuvenating old tissues and keeping nerve cells in good working order, researchers say.

Changes in the composition of our blood as we age may cause the deterioration of memory and other brain functions by damaging connections in the brain.

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Shoes with in-built GPS to track lost Alzheimer’s patients

Shoes with in-built GPS to track lost Alzheimer’s patients London, Oct 17 : Shoes fitted with an in-built tracking device to locate Alzheimer's patients have gone on sale in the UK.

Designed to give worried relatives and friends piece of mind, the shoes enable the person with Alzheimer's to be monitored remotely, giving them more freedom.

One of the most common concerns for families of an Alzheimer's sufferer is that the person often becomes lost after getting confused and disoriented.

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Drinking mineral water can prevent Alzheimer's

Drinking mineral water can prevent Alzheimer'sLondon, Oct 12 - Drinking a litre of mineral water every day can prevent and even reverse the devastating memory loss disease, Alzheimer's, British scientists have claimed.

Researchers from Keele University said the silicon-rich water can alter the course of cognitive decline in patients by removing toxic aluminium from their bodies, according to the Daily Express.

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New drug slows memory loss by 34 pc in Alzheimer’s patients

New drug slows memory loss by 34 pc in Alzheimer’s patientsLondon, October 9 : A global pharmaceutical firm has come out with a new Alzheimer’s drug that could dramatically slow the pace of memory loss in those with the disease.

Results from two trials showed that the drug, called solanezumab, slows the speed of mental decline by a third in those with mild-to-moderate disease, the Telegraph reported.

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Keeping heart healthy `key to beating Alzheimer’s`

Keeping heart healthy `key to beating Alzheimer’s`London, October 8 : A healthy heart is the key to steer clear of neurodegenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s, experts say.

Analysis of decades of research shows simple things such as helping your heart by eating well and taking regular exercise will delay the onset of memory problems.

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Alzheimer’s-like memory loss in animal models reversed

Alzheimer’s-like memory loss in animal models reversedWashington, September 25 : A team of neuroscientists and chemists have suggested that a class of currently used anti-cancer drugs as well as several previously untested synthetic compounds show effectiveness in reversing memory loss in two animal models of Alzheimer’s disease.

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World’s leading drug giants giving up search for Alzheimer''s disease cure

World’s leading drug giants giving up search for Alzheimer''s disease cureLondon, Sep 19 : The world''s leading pharmaceutical companies are abandoning the search for new treatments for Alzheimer''s disease after a series of failed high-profile drugs trials.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers worldwide are under huge pressure as the neuroscience unit has been disproportionately hit, with AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Merck, Sanofi, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline all downsizing their European departments.

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Alzheimer's sabotages brain wiring

Alzheimer's sabotages brain wiringWashington, Sep 19 - Alzheimer's could actually sabotage the working of several of the brain's networks, says a study.

Beau Ances, assistant professor of neurology, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, who led the study said: "Communications within and between networks are disrupted, but it doesn't happen all at once."

"There's even one network that has a momentary surge of improved connections before it starts dropping again.

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Simple eye test may help diagnose Alzheimer’s well ahead of time

 Simple eye test may help diagnose Alzheimer’s well ahead of timeLondon, September 12 : A simple eye test could help diagnose Alzheimer's years before any tell-tale symptoms, as scientists have found a genetic link between cataracts and the debilitating brain disease.

This follows previous findings that a toxic protein, that builds up in the brains of dementia patients causing confusion and memory loss also accumulates in the eyes, the Daily Express reported.

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New compound offers cure for Alzheimer’s

New compound offers cure for Alzheimer’sLondon, September 3 : Scientists at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio claim discovery of a new compound, which they believe could one day cure Alzheimer's disease.

They hope the compound could help Alzheimer's sufferers regain their memory and other vital brain functions under a new treatment.

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Alzheimer's hits women more severely than men

Alzheimer's hits women more severely than menWashington, Aug 26 - Alzheimer's hits women more severely than men, even when both are in the same stage of the disease.

Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire discovered that men with Alzheimer's consistently performed better than their women counterparts, across the five cognitive areas they examined.

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Alzheimer’s takes more rapid toll on women than men

Alzheimer’s takes more rapid toll on women than men London, August 24 : A study has found that women suffering from Alzheimer's deteriorate faster than men - even when both are apparently at the same stage of the disease.

Women sufferers were found to show greater loss of their mental faculties than men, which suggests that men's brains are better at coping with the ravages of the disease.

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Blood test to detect Alzheimer’s comes closer to reality

Blood test to detect Alzheimer’s comes closer to realityWashington, August 10 : Scientists have taken a step toward developing a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease, finding a group of markers that hold up in statistical analyses in three independent groups of patients.

The possibility of an inexpensive, convenient test for Alzheimer’s has been on the horizon for several years, but previous research leads have been hard to duplicate.

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Fat levels in blood may lead to Alzheimer's

Fat levels in blood may lead to Alzheimer'sWashington, July 19 - Higher levels of a certain fat in the blood called ceramides may elevate a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a US study says.

"Our study identifies this biomarker as a potential new target for treating or preventing Alzheimer's disease," said study author, Michelle M. Mielke, epidemiologist with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Mielke was with Johns Hopkins University at the time of his research.

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