Long-Term Caffeine Worsens Anxiety Symptoms and Fear Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

(Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) A study coordinated by the Institute of Neuroscience of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Inc-UAB) and in collaboration with the Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Sweden provides evidence that a long-term consumption of caffeine has negative effects for Alzheimer’s disease, worsening the neuropsychiatric symptoms appearing in the majority of those affected by […]

Free Alzheimer’s Tool Lets People 50 and Older Monitor Their Risk Over Time

(University of Southern California) An online tool that helps older people monitor their brain health has been developed at the Keck School of Medicine of USC with other medical groups. The free website addresses a major obstacle to finding early Alzheimer’s treatments for a disease that affects more than 5 million Americans: significant delays in […]

Daytime Drowsiness Increases Risk of Alzheimer’s in Elderly

(CNN) Poor sleep and the risk of dementia go hand in hand, but no one knew which came first. In what researchers say is the first study of its kind, a study published Monday in the journal JAMA Neurology shows that excessive daytime sleepiness in cognitively normal elderly leads to a buildup of a plaque in the […]

FDA Opens Potential New Path for Alzheimer’s Disease Treatments

(Bloomberg Technology) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance meant to spur the development of treatments for five neurological disorders, including early Alzheimer’s disease. The guidance provides details for researchers to best approach drug development and “is a clear statement that the FDA understands that the science of Alzheimer’s has evolved,” […]

Poor Fitness Linked to Weaker Brain Fiber, Higher Dementia Risk

(UT Southwestern Medical Center) Scientists have more evidence that exercise improves brain health and could be a lifesaving ingredient that prevents Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, a new study from UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute suggests that the lower the fitness level, the faster the deterioration of vital nerve fibers in the brain. This deterioration results in cognitive […]

Discovery Reveals Way to Stop Inflammation in Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, More

(University of Virginia Health System) A new discovery about the immune system may allow doctors to treat harmful inflammation that damages the brain in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. It might also let doctors save patients from the potentially deadly inflammation of sepsis, a full-body infection that kills a quarter-million Americans every year. The finding “opens […]

Everyday Activities Associated With More Gray Matter in Brains of Older Adults

(Rush University Medical Center) Study measured amount of lifestyle physical activity such as housework, dog walking and gardening. Higher levels of lifestyle physical activity — such as house cleaning, walking a dog and gardening, as well as exercise — are associated with more gray matter in the brains of older adults, according to a study by […]

Data Detectives Shift Suspicions in Alzheimer’s from Usual Suspect to Inside Villain

(Georgia Institute of Technology) The mass pursuit of a conspicuous suspect in Alzheimer’s disease may have encumbered research success for decades. Now, a new data analysis that has untangled evidence amassed in years of Alzheimer’s studies encourages researchers to refocus their investigations. Heaps of plaque formed from amyloid-beta that accumulate in afflicted brains are what stick […]