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Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Fight against Alzheimer’s produces 19 significant discoveries this month

Many reports on studies suggesting better treatments, moving closer to cure for Alzheimer’s

scientist studies blue liquidMarch 24, 2015 – It has been an incredible month of news about Alzheimer’s disease and most of it has been encouraging for senior citizens, who fear the mind-altering disease more than any other. Among the most positive are news of a diet and a gene variant that may protect against AD, restoration of memory by an epilepsy drug, discovery about inherited AD, and new diagnostic techniques.

Below are links to 19 of the research reports released in March about advances in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  Not in the list was the release today by the Alzheimer’s Association of their annual report - the 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures. See the text box for a link to this news report.

Mayo Clinic study of thousands of brains reveals tau as driver of Alzheimer's disease
March 24, 2015 - By examining more than 3,600 postmortem brains, researchers at Mayo Clinic's campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Rochester, Minnesota, have found that the progression of dysfunctional tau protein drives the cognitive ...


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March 23, 2015 - When Georgetown University neurologist R. Scott Turner began enrolling people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease into a nationwide study last year, he expected to find only a handful of participants with ...

New MIND diet may significantly protect against Alzheimer's disease
March 19, 2015 - A new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, even if the diet is not meticulously followed, according to a paper published online for ...

A speech-based system for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease
March 18, 2015 - One of the ELEKIN group's lines of research is biomedical engineering. They are developing biosignal analysis systems to help medical staff who make diagnoses. Featuring among other projects is the automatic analysis of ...

Boosting a natural protection against Alzheimer's disease
March 12, 2015 - Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a gene variant that may be used to predict people most likely to respond to an investigational therapy under development for ...

Drug restores brain function and memory in early Alzheimer's disease
March 11, 2015 - An existing epilepsy drug appears to reverse a condition in elderly patients who are at high risk for dementia due to Alzheimer's disease.

Promising Alzheimer's treatment moves toward clinical trials
March 11, 2015 - A promising new natural treatment for Alzheimer's disease is moving toward clinical trials. This will be a major step forward as there is nothing on the market that slows the progression of Alzheimer's. Muraleedharan ...

Study reveals how genetic changes lead to familial Alzheimer's disease
March 11, 2015 - Mutations in the presenilin-1 gene are the most common cause of inherited, early-onset forms of Alzheimer's disease. In a new study, published in Neuron, scientists replaced the normal mouse presenilin-1 gene with ...

UCLA study shows feasibility of blood-based test for diagnosing Alzheimer's disease
March 11, 2015 - UCLA researchers have provided the first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.

Surprising finding provides more support for Alzheimer's being an autoimmune disease
March 9, 2015 - Brain levels of the lipid ceramide are high in Alzheimer's disease, and now scientists have found increased levels of an antibody to the lipid in their disease model.

Viagra in combination with new drugs can have anti-cancer, antibacterial, and therapeutic ..
March 9, 2015 - Chaperone proteins play an important role in protein folding in human cells and in bacteria and are promising new targets for drugs to treat cancer and Alzheimer's disease and for novel antiviral drugs and antibiotics. ...

Study reveals mechanism behind most common form of inherited Alzheimer's disease
March 4, 2015 - A study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital reveals for the first time exactly how mutations associated with the most common form of inherited Alzheimer's disease produce ...

Gout may lessen chances of developing Alzheimer's disease
March 4, 2015 - People who have gout are significantly less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, concludes research published online in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Vanderbilt study shows poor heart function could be major risk for Alzheimer's disease
March 3, 2015 - The Vanderbilt study, published online Feb. 19 in Circulation, associates heart function with the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Participants with decreased heart function, measured by cardiac index, ...

Neuropsychological, neuropsychiatric and functional tests help follow the course of ..
March 3, 2015 - The cognitive performance of persons with Alzheimer's disease and behavioral and psychological problems are linked to their performance of activities of daily living, according to a recent study completed at the ...

One step closer to defeating Alzheimer's disease
March 2, 2015 - Researchers show that toning down the activity of the receptor TREM2 may help put a stop to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease.

New target identified in fight against Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis
March 2, 2015 - Highlighting a potential target in the treatment of multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests that triggering a protein found on the surface of brain cells may help slow the progression of these ...

Alzheimer's amyloid clumps found in young adult brains
March 2, 2015 - Amyloid -- an abnormal protein that's a hallmark of Alzheimer's -- starts accumulating inside neurons of people as young as 20, reports a study. This is the first time amyloid accumulation has been shown in such young ...

Low sugar uptake in brain appears to exacerbate Alzheimer's disease
March 2, 2015 - A deficiency in the protein responsible for moving glucose across the brain's protective blood-brain barrier appears to intensify the neurodegenerative effects of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new mouse study from ...

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