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Institute Discovers New Target for Drugs to Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

(PRNewswire) Scientists at the Roskamp Institute (www.rfdn.org), a not-for-profit biomedical research facility specializing in Alzheimer’s disease research, have isolated a key molecule that gives researchers a new drug target for the treatment of the progressive, irreversible neurological disorder. This finding is the culmination of more than 10 years of work by more than a dozen […]


Study Sheds Light On Why We Might Remember Some Things and Not Others

(Northwestern University) Why do we remember some things and not others? In a unique imaging study, two Northwestern University researchers have discovered how neurons in the brain might allow some experiences to be remembered while others are forgotten. It turns out, if you want to remember something about your environment, you better involve your dendrites. […]

Nano Ruffles in Brain Matter

(Medical News Today) An accumulation of a protein called amyloid-beta into large insoluble deposits called plaques is known to cause Alzheimer’s disease. One aspect of this illness that has not received much attention is which role the structure of the brain environment plays. How do macromolecules and macromolecular assemblies, such as polysaccharides, influence cell interaction […]

Self-Reported Sleep Disturbances are Linked to Higher Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease in Men

(Uppsala University) In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University demonstrate that elderly men with self-reported sleep disturbances run a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than men without self-reported sleep disturbances. The results are published in the scientific journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia. The researchers followed more than 1,000 men, who were initially 50 year old, […]

Traumatic Brain Injury Associated with Increased Dementia Risk in Older Adults

(MedicalXpress) Traumatic brain injury (TBI) appears to be associated with an increased risk of dementia in adults 55 years and older, according to a study published online by JAMA Neurology. Controversy exists about whether there is a link between a single TBI and the risk of developing dementia because of conflicting study results. The Centers for Disease Control […]

The Sensory Room: Ways to Boost Multi-Sensory Environments in Dementia Care

(Medical News Today) A new guide developed by two British academics has shed fresh light on the positive impact multi-sensory environments can have when caring for people with dementia. The publication, How to make a sensory room for people living with dementia, has been unveiled as part of the Inside Out Festival, which showcases contributions universities make […]


Ten Great Tips for Communicating with a Dementia Person

(Family Caregiver Alliance) Caring for a loved one with dementia poses many challenges for families and caregivers. People with dementia from conditions such as Alzheimer’s and related diseases have a progressive brain disorder that makes it more and more difficult for them to remember things, think clearly, communicate with others, or take care of … [Read More...]

What You May Feel about Being a Family Caregiver: Tips for Making it Easier

(Helpguide.org) As a family caregiver, you may find yourself facing a host of new responsibilities, many of which are unfamiliar or intimidating. At times, you may feel overwhelmed and alone. But despite its challenges, caregiving can also be rewarding. And there are a lot of things you can do to make the caregiving process easier for both you and … [Read More...]

Understanding How Alzheimer’s Changes People — Challenges and Coping Strategies

(Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center) Alzheimer's disease is an illness of the brain. It causes large numbers of nerve cells in the brain to die. This affects a person's ability to remember things and think clearly. People with AD become forgetful and easily confused. They may have a hard time concentrating and behave in odd ways. … [Read More...]

Sharing an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis: Tips for Caregivers

(Mayo Clinic) When a loved one develops Alzheimer's, knowing how and when to open up about it can be difficult. Follow these family caregiving tips for sharing an Alzheimer's diagnosis. If you're caring for a loved one who's been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, you might wonder whether and how to tell loved ones and friends. If your loved … [Read More...]

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Dementia Risk After Traumatic Brain Injury vs Nonbrain Trauma

JAMA Neurol. 2014 Oct 27. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2014.2668. [Epub ahead of print] Dementia Risk After Traumatic Brain Injury vs Nonbrain Trauma: The Role of Age and Severity. Gardner RC1, Burke JF2, Nettiksimmons J3, Kaup A4, Barnes DE5, Yaffe K6. Abstract Importance Epidemiologic evidence regarding the importance … [Read More...]

Dietary Flavanols Improves Cognition in Older Adults

Nat Neurosci. 2014 Oct 26. doi: 10.1038/nn.3850. [Epub ahead of print] Enhancing dentate gyrus function with dietary flavanols improves cognition in older adults. Brickman AM1, Khan UA1, Provenzano FA1, Yeung LK1, Suzuki W2, Schroeter H3, Wall M4, Sloan RP4, Small SA5. Author information Abstract The dentate gyrus (DG) is a region in the … [Read More...]

Herpes Simplex Infection Almost Doubles Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimers Dement. 2014 Jul 17. pii: S1552-5260(14)02421-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2014.04.522. [Epub ahead of print] Reactivated herpes simplex infection increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Lövheim H1, Gilthorpe J2, Adolfsson R3, Nilsson LG4, Elgh F5. Author information  Abstract Background Previous studies have suggested a link … [Read More...]

Potential for Primary Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Lancet Neurol. 2014 Aug;13(8):788-94. doi: 10.1016/S1474-4422(14)70136-X. Potential for primary prevention of Alzheimer's disease: an analysis of population-based data. Norton S1, Matthews FE2, Barnes DE3, Yaffe K4, Brayne C5. 1Psychology Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK. 2Medical Research Council … [Read More...]

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