Alzheimer's Disease

It may be possible to ward off Alzheimer's disease, a chronic and thus far incurable and irreversible neurodegenerative disease, simply by adding extra-virgin olive oil to your daily diet according to a study. Published in prestigious journal Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology the study conducted by the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM) in Philadelphia, says that extra-virgin olive oil -- a key ingredient of Mediterranean food –appears to defend the…
Scientists have tracked down mutations in a specific gene factor that predict the speed at which memory will deteriorate in Alzheimer patients. The gene in question codes for a neural growth factor. The report was published in Neurology on May 5. The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that leads to steady loss of memory and decline in ability to perform daily activities among older adults. The condition is characterised by…
It turns out our mindset may actually influence our risk for diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's, possibly delaying their onset, or slowing down their progression. "We've known for a long time that chronic stress; chronic severe stress is a risk factor for cognitive decline and dementia in older adults," Dr. Cliff Singer said. It's long been known that genetics play a big role in brain diseases, but newer studies, like one out of the University…
The structure of the human brain is complex, reminiscent of a circuit diagram with countless connections. But what role does this architecture play in the functioning of the brain? To answer this question, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, in cooperation with colleagues at the Free University of Berlin and University Hospital Freiburg, have for the first time analysed 1.6 billion connections within the brain simultaneously. They found the highest…
An anti-cancer medication might benefit early-stage patients of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a number of scientists. Millions of people around the world suffer from this incurable neuro degenerative disease that causes severe dementia and eventually destroys the entire nervous system. However, the latest discovery might make a difference to these patients. The scientists say that the drug helps patients learn new languages far more easily, perks up their short- and long-term memory and most significantly…
Predicting Alzheimer’s may be all down to the word-of-mouth! In the last week two separate reports, both by scientists of Indian descent in The US claimed that it may be possible to estimate the likelihood of Alzheimer’s among individuals simply by examining their saliva and teeth respectively. First, Shraddha Sapkota, a neuroscience PhD scholar at the U of A claimed in her work conducted jointly with professor Roger Dixon and chemistry professor Liang Li at…
Scientists at the University of Adelaide are infecting fruit flies with Alzheimer's in an effort to find an effective answer to the thus far incurable neuro degenerative disease that afflicts thousands of elderly people around the world every year. The scientists are working on the premise that the tiny vinegar fly or Drosophila Melanogaster could indeed help them move towards finding a treatment for the dreadful malady. Led by molecular pharmacologist and toxicologist, Dr Ian…
In an exciting move in the global fight against Alzheimer's researcher at the University of Pennsylvania have found that tangled information spread from one cell to another because Tau proteins get wrongly folded. This discovery may help us stop the cell-to-cell spread. Although the breakthrough may not succeed in prevent the disease, it could certainly delay the onset of its onset. Nearly 50 per cent of people who live till 85 and beyond are likely…
Sunday, 12 July 2015 08:34

Now a spray to treat Alzheimer's

Every few seconds someone around the world develops Alzheimer’s, a debilitating and in the end deadly neurodegenerative disease which is as of now incurable. However, a recent research effort has opened a new window of hope. The world’s thought leaders on Alzheimer’s are meeting for five days from today in the Danish capital of Copenhagen, to discuss the latest advances and issues related to the disease. Among the breakthroughs that would feature in the discussions…
A key cause for Alzheimer’s might be deprivation of an amino acid called arginine. The finding published by the Journal of Neuroscience has the potential of ushering new treatment strategies to fight the debilitating illness. In the course of their work on the immune system, researchers at the Duke University found that during the early stages of Alzheimer’s, cells designed to protect the brain from infection consume arginine-- uncharacteristically. “Our approach is a significant step…
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