Posts Tagged ‘National Institutes of Health’

Neurotrack Technology Can Diagnose Alzheimer's Symptoms

Neurotrack Technology Can Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease 3 to 4 Years Before First Symptoms Occur

“I watched two of my grandparents die ‘alone’ because they could no longer remember their family members who were sitting at their bedsides,” said Elli Kaplan. In some ways, Kaplan is just one of the millions who’ve lost a family member or loved one to Alzheimer’s disease. But she’s also an entrepreneur who’s aiming her […]


Scientists Find Enzyme That Kills Alzheimer’s Protein

Alzheimer’s researchers have identified an enzyme that destroys beta-amyloid, a toxic protein fragment that accumulates and forms hardened plaques in the brains of patients with the disease. Scientists from Mayo Clinic in Florida say the enzyme, known as BACE2, may be an important weapon against Alzheimer’s, which affects more than 5.5 million Americans. Mayo Clinic […]


Alzheimer’s Death Rate Higher in Former NFL Players

Retired pro football players seem to have higher-than-average risks of dying from Alzheimer’s or Lou Gehrig’s disease, U.S. government researchers reported Wednesday. In a study of more than 3,400 retired National Football League (NFL) players, the researchers found that death rates from the two brain diseases were four times higher than those in the general […]


Gene May Link Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease

In recent years it became clear that people with diabetes face an ominous prospect – a far greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Now researchers at The City College of New York (CCNY) have shed light on one reason why. Biology Professor Chris Li and her colleagues have discovered that a single gene forms a […]

United States National Alzheimer's Plan

A New Attack on Alzheimer’s Disease

The Obama administration has announced a bold research program to test whether a drug can prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease well before any symptoms appear. It is a long shot, but the payoff could be huge. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, which steadily robs patients of their memory, followed by full-blown dementia. […]


New Drug Trial Aims To Prevent Alzheimer’s Before It Starts

Researchers will test an experimental drug that could prevent Alzheimer’s disease in people who are genetically slated to develop Alzheimer’s disease but have yet to exhibit symptoms. On Tuesday, the federal government unveiled its National Alzheimer’s Plan to find effective ways to prevent and treat dementia and Alzheimer’s by 2025. On Wednesday, the plan’s scope […]


Long-Term Memory May Be Improved By Blocking ‘Oh-Glick-Nack’

Just as the familiar sugar in food can be bad for the teeth and waistline, another sugar has been implicated as a health menace and blocking its action may have benefits that include improving long-term memory in older people and treating cancer. Progress toward finding such a blocker for the sugar – with the appropriately […]

Chronic Stress May Lead To Alzheimer's Disease

Chronic Stress May Lead to Alzheimer’s Disease

Prolonged periods of stress can have negative effects on the human body – but the extent of these effects is still being explored. New data suggests that chronic stress may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Tau, a naturally occurring protein in the human body, becomes misshapen in those with Alzheimer’s disease. The misshapen protein has […]

Older Adults Increased Cognitive Decline When Hospitalized

Older Adults Suffer Increased Cognitive Decline When Hospitalized

A new study published in Neurology suggests that older adults who are hospitalized may have an increased risk of subsequent cognitive decline. The study, conducted by researchers at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Rush University Medical Center, found that hospitalization of older adults was associated with increased memory […]

Yoga Program Enhances Alzheimer's Caregivers

Yoga Program Enhances Life For Caregivers & Alzheimer’s Patients

For every individual who’s a victim of Alzheimer’s – some 5.4 million persons in the United States alone – there’s a related victim: the caregiver. Spouse, son, daughter, other relative or friend, the loneliness, exhaustion, fear and most of all stress and depression takes a toll While care for the caregivers is difficult to find, […]