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New drug, deployed early, could slowdown Alzheimer's disease

Could a drug deployed at the earliest hint of Alzheimer's stop or slow the disease? This appears to be a possibility based on a hypothesis put forward by the Keck School of Medicine, ahead of a planned clinical trial.

Stimulating activities are necessary to avoid cognitive decline

A new study finds that to help avoid cognitive decline in old age, people need to engage in two or more mentally stimulating activities. The researchers tested out different activities to assess what works best for those entering a more advanced age.

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: Can coffee help fight Parkinson’s?

A new compound identified in coffee can be combined with caffeine to help to fight neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia, according to new research.

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.

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.

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.

Wearable technology to manage patients with Parkinson’s disease

Madrid - New wearable sensor networks together with smartphone applications are being examined and tested for their potential to monitor and manage patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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.

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.

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.

Frequent use of saunas prevent dementia in men

A new research, from Finland, suggests that regular sauna bathing by men can lower the risk of developing dementia. This is the outcome of a twenty-year study.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Essential Science: Dragonfly wings help Alzheimer’s detection

Building surfaces as complex as insect wings allows for advanced research into light scattering, techniques that might shine a spotlight on the assessing the developed of Alzheimer’s disease early.

Parkinson’s symptoms blocked in mice

Scientists, blocking an enzyme, have been able to block the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. This is not a cure, but it could be the basis for managed treatment program.

New genetic link to early onset Alzheimer’s

Australian researchers have found a connection between early onset Alzheimer’s disease and a type of genetic mutation. This could signal a new direction for research into the disease.

Essential Science: Linking infections and Alzheimer’s disease

There are several possible causes of Alzheimer’s disease. One are being looked at by medical researchers is a possible connection between the neurodegenerative disease and certain infections.

Connecting fungicides to neurodegenerative diseases

An alarming new study indicates that the newer generation of fungicides could be linked to conditions like autism and various neurodegenerative diseases. The study is based on an animal model.

Essential Science: Pathogenic organisms may trigger Alzheimer's

A possible connection between viral and bacterial pathogens and the neurodegenerative disorder Alzheimer's disease has been made by a research group. While not definitive, the research opens up a new area to investigate.

New drug offers Alzheimer's prevention hope

Cambridge - New experiments have indicated a number of drugs that could help protect against Alzheimer's disease. The drugs act like statins for the brain.

Environmental toxin linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

A connection has been drawn between prolonged exposure to the environmental toxin BMAA and the neurodegenerative condition Alzheimer’s.

Takeda and UCL R&D partner for disease research

London - Pharmaceutical company Takeda is to partner with University College London (UCL) to identify and validate new target genes for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases may be transmissible

In disturbing news, research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease, along with other neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s, may be transmissible.
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