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The Most Important Study You May Read All Year: Dietary and Lifestyle Guidelines for the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dear Readers: A research study was just published in the journal, Neurobiology of Aging, called “Dietary and lifestyle guidelines for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.” It was written by a distinguished group of scientists who represent universities, medical institutions, and other research organizations from all over the world.  Here is the citation: Neurobiol Aging. 2014 […]

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Researchers Identify Urgent Need for Alzheimer’s Drug Development

(Cleveland Clinic via Medical News Today) Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health have conducted the first-ever analysis of clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), revealing an urgent need to increase the number of agents entering the AD drug development pipeline and progressing successfully towards new therapy treatments. The paper, “Alzheimer’s […]

Could Boosting Brain Cells’ Appetites Fight Neurological Disease?

(University of Michigan) Deep inside the brains of people with dementia and Lou Gehrig’s disease, globs of abnormal protein gum up the inner workings of brain cells – dooming them to an early death. Using drugs to increase the digestion of certain proteins by brain cells, researchers have prolonged the cells’ lives and kept the […]

Alzheimer’s Blood Test Breakthrough Reported in Landmark Study

(King’s College London) Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood which can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s, marking a significant step towards developing a blood test for the disease. The study, led by King’s College London and UK proteomics company, Proteome Sciences plc, analysed over 1,000 individuals and is the largest […]

Potential Alzheimer’s Drug Prevents Abnormal Blood Clots in Brain

(Rockefeller University) Without a steady supply of blood, neurons can’t work. That’s why one of the culprits behind Alzheimer’s disease is believed to be the persistent blood clots that often form in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, contributing to the condition’s hallmark memory loss, confusion and cognitive decline. New experiments in Sidney Strickland’s Laboratory of […]

Research Links Alzheimer’s Disease to Brain Hyperactivity

(American Friends of Tel Aviv University) Patients with Alzheimer’s disease run a high risk of seizures. While the amyloid-beta protein involved in the development and progression of Alzheimer’s seems the most likely cause for this neuronal hyperactivity, how and why this elevated activity takes place hasn’t yet been explained — until now. A new study […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Understanding Visual Hallucinations in People with Dementia

(Alzheimer's Society UK) People with dementia may experience problems with their sight which cause them to misinterpret the world around them. In some cases, people with dementia can experience hallucinations. This factsheet considers some specific difficulties that people with dementia can have, and suggests ways to support them. Understanding potential problems and giving appropriate help, … [Read More...]

10 Ways to Improve Your Day in Just 5 Minutes

(WebMD) Five minutes. It's only a little bit of time. But it's long enough for you to do one thing that could make your whole day better. That's a great return on your time investment! So take five minutes and try one of these 10 simple ways to lower stress, boost your mood, and get more energy. It might give you that extra spark you need to meet the challenges of the day. 1. Make your … [Read More...]

Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss

(National Institute on Aging) A trip to the hospital with a person who has memory loss or dementia can be stressful for both of you. This brochure can relieve some of that stress by helping you prepare for both unexpected and planned hospital visits. Print this publication (Download PDF 5.42 MB) » Here, you will find: steps you can take now to make hospital visits less … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

Cocoa Extract May Counter Specific Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014;41(2):643-50. doi: 10.3233/JAD-132231. Cocoa Extracts Reduce Oligomerization of Amyloid-β: Implications for Cognitive Improvement in Alzheimer's Disease. Wang J, Varghese M, Ono K, Yamada M, Levine S, Tzavaras N, Gong B, Hurst WJ, Blitzer RD, Pasinetti … [Read More...]

Association of Lifetime Intellectual Enrichment With Cognitive Decline in the Older Population

JAMA Neurol. Published online June 23, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2014.963 Association of Lifetime Intellectual Enrichment With Cognitive Decline in the Older Population Prashanthi Vemuri, PhD1; Timothy G. Lesnick, MS2; Scott A. Przybelski, BS2; Mary Machulda, PhD, LP3; David … [Read More...]

Physical Activity Reduces Hippocampal Atrophy in Elders at Genetic Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Front Aging Neurosci. 2014 Apr 23;6:61. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2014.00061. eCollection 2014. Physical activity reduces hippocampal atrophy in elders at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease. Smith JC1, Nielson KA2, Woodard JL3, Seidenberg M4, Durgerian S5, Hazlett KE6, Figueroa CM6, Kandah CC4, Kay … [Read More...]