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Opening the blood-brain barrier for Alzheimer's research

A new clinical trial is investigating opening up the blood-brain barrier in the fight against Alzheimer's disease. The trial will explore the benefits of low-intensity ultrasound.

Essential Science: Gum bacteria implicated in Alzheimer's disease

The bacteria that inhabit the mouth, and especially the gums, if imbalanced can lead to some species dominating others. In these circumstances, there may be a connection with diseases like Alzheimer’s, according to a new study.

Alzheimer’s can be treated with antidepressants

Medics have been undertaking tests to determine whether antidepressants can be used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, a condition for which there is no cure. The results to date are encouraging.

Air pollution linked to cognitive decline

A new study has drawn a connection between levels of air pollution and cognitive decline. This is of a major societal concern, given that the majority of the world’s population live in areas that exceed WHO pollution recommendations.

Sleeping tablets connected to risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A new research study finds that benzodiazepines and related drugs (so-called Z drugs) are linked with a small increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Is Alzheimer's disease linked to brain pH imbalance?

A pH imbalance in brain cells may contribute to Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The research also identifies possible drug targets which could reverse the problem.

New research into regenerative stem cell therapies: Q&A Special

Dr. Joshua Hare is leading research into development of regenerative stem cell therapies for aging-related diseases — including Alzheimer’s — to improve quality of life. He shares with Digital Journal his current research.

Essential Science: Green space linked to slower cognitive decline

Barcelona - New research suggests that living in greener neighborhoods with access to open spaces, is associated with slower cognitive decline in relation to the elderly.

Citizen science for Alzheimer’s research gets 10,000th volunteer

The BrightFocus Foundation has announced that EyesOnALZ, the first-ever crowdsourced project to engage the public in Alzheimer’s research, has achieved a major milestone by exceeding 10,000 citizen scientists.

Wayback VR project aims to help those with dementia

London - The Wayback project aims to bring back vivid memories for those struggling with dementia. This is through a series of recreations using digital technology and 3D goggles.

Interview: Is Alzheimer’s caused by bacteriophages? Special

New York - Scientists have reported on a breakthrough that may change conventional understanding of causes for many diseases like Alzheimer’s. This relates to viruses called bacteriophages. To find out more we spoke with Dr. George Tetz.

Interview: Tips to avoid the onset of Alzheimer’s Special

According to psychotherapist Dr. Andrea Brandt, our brains remain “plastic” — able to change and make new connections — throughout life. Understanding this feeds into some Alzheimer’s prevention strategies, she explains in an exclusive interview

Digital medicine suggests seizures linked to memory loss

Neuroscientists have drawn a connection between some types of seizures and memory loss. This appears relevant in patients who have neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. Such information can be gleaned from brain imaging.

Crowdsourcing innovations to tackle Alzheimer’s

A group of scientists and advocates have come together to crowdsource a new approach progress leapfrog scientific understanding and to side-step the obstacles for researching Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer's disease: Brain health linked to physical activity

Those considered at risk from Alzheimer's disease, and perform moderate-intensity physical activity, appear more likely to have a glucose metabolism in their brain. Such a pattern is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer's development.

Has a treatment for Alzheimer’s been developed?

Leicester - British scientists think they are on a path to developing a drug that can stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. The drug stops brain cells from dying.

Review: Robert Lepage’s ‘887’ turns memory into a multimedia masterpiece Special

Toronto - There are a lot of ways you could categorize Robert Lepage’s spellbinding “887” – magic show? Confessional monologue? History lesson? – and none would be wrong. But only by blending these unlikely elements does it become a masterwork.

Failure of developmental Alzheimer's drug has wider implications

News that pharmaceutical company Merck has halted a clinical trial for a once promising Alzheimer’s treatment (verubecestat) is not only bad news for the patient group, it could signal that the general view as to the cause of Alzheimer's might be wrong.

Vitamin A deficiency linked with Alzheimer’s disease

Brain tissue could be "programmed" for life during early development in the womb and during infancy. One key factor is Vitamin A, and deficiency could be linked to developing Alzheimer's disease later in life.

Link made between concussion and Alzheimer’s

Is there a link between concussion and the later development of Alzheimer’s disease? Although there are different factors that could result in the neurodegenerative disease, researchers, in a new report, focus on one potentially important aspect.

What honeybees can tell us about Alzheimer’s

Linking honeybees to Alzheimer’s disease sounds, first off, like a leap too far. However, scientists have how understanding memory in honeybees could help to combat degenerative brain diseases.

Alzheimer’s bone and brain connection

In a breakthrough, medical scientists have drawn a connection between parts of the brainstem and problems associated with bone, in relation to Alzheimer’s disease.

Saliva test predicts Alzheimer’s disease

A straightforward test to detect Alzheimer’s disease based on the analysis of a sample of saliva has been developed. The test can also provide clues about the development of the disease where the result is positive.

Nucleation: From champagne bubbles to Alzheimer’s research

A process called nucleation describes everything from the formation of champagne bubbles to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. This physical and chemical process is being studied by researchers interested in disease development.

New drug for clearing plaques in Alzheimer’s patients

A new drug has been developed, designed to clear up plaques of beta amyloid protein that build-up in patients who have different stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The drug may play a role in slowing down disease progression.

Is Alzheimer's disease associated with loneliness?

New research, based on small sample of adults, indicates that cortical amyloid levels in the brain a marker of preclinical Alzheimer disease has an associated with self-reported loneliness.

Smart stuffed animal toys used to help patients

A new ‘smart’ toy has been devised to give to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. The toy is designed to ‘smooth’ the patients and the smart functionality adds therapeutic capabilities.

Tackling Alzheimer’s with cancer delivery mechanism

A drug delivery mechanism intended for the treatment of a form of cancer may have effectiveness at slowing down the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new research study.

Vitamin B12 sensor may assist with Alzheimer’s detection

A sensor has been devised to detect for vitamin B12 deficiency. A lack of this vitamin has been linked with a higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Explanation for why Alzheimer’s causes memory loss

The tau protein has been implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. However, there has been, until now, little research about how then protein contributes to memory loss. A new theory has been proposed.
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A Therapal recreates the beneficial sensations of animal therapy by detecting tactile input from a patient, and responds by generating soothing vibrations, in addition to an underlying heartbeat.
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Memory Care Cafe is a support group-based outreach for caregivers of Alzheimer's and their loved ones.
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Life size model of fetus at 8 weeks after conception, in hand of adult. Detailed coloring is not shown. This illustrates that fetus has all limbs formed at this stage, and shows size in comparison to that of adult.
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The O'Brien family, with Greg O'Brien at the far left of the photograph.
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Charlton Heston and Ronald Reagan at a meeting in the White House. Both of them would later be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Photo taken: June 15, 1981
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PET scans showing the differences between a normal older adult's brain and the brain of an older adult afflicted with Alzheimer's disease.
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The Vielight Neuro is designed to direct pulsed near infrared light (NIR) to the targeted brain hubs through a safe, portable device.
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