n Alzheimer’s, Excess Tau Protein Damages Brain’s GPS and may be responsible for wandering

Grid cell from the entorhinal cortex (EC) of the mouse brain, firing repeatedly and uniformly in a grid-like pattern. When a mouse moves through its environment, grid cells are activated, with each cell representing a specific location. This creates a triangular coordinate system that allows for spatial navigation. The accumulation of tau protein in theContinue reading “n Alzheimer’s, Excess Tau Protein Damages Brain’s GPS and may be responsible for wandering”

Having a socially interactive job helps protect from Alzheimer’s disease.

By Patrick Foster Lawyers, teachers and doctors have a better chance of fighting off the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, because of the complex nature of their jobs, scientists reported this week. Researchers found that people whose jobs combined complex thinking with social engagement with others – such as social workers and engineers – were betterContinue reading “Having a socially interactive job helps protect from Alzheimer’s disease.”

New treatment protocol shows promise of improving cognition in patients with Alzheimer’s disease

Ten patients with early Alzheimer’s disease or its precursors showed improvement in memory after treatment with Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration (MEND), a programmatic and personalized therapy protocol. Researchers described results from the small trial, which used quantitative MRI and neuropsychological testing of participants before and after treatment, in the study published online in Aging. “Continue reading “New treatment protocol shows promise of improving cognition in patients with Alzheimer’s disease”

The Power of Music in Alleviating Dementia Symptoms

by Tori Rodriguez, MA, LPC As the search continues for effective drug treatments for dementia, patients and caregivers may find some measure of relief from a common, non-pharmaceutical source. Researchers have found that music-related memory appears to be exempt from the extent of memory impairment generally associated with dementia, and several studies report promising resultsContinue reading “The Power of Music in Alleviating Dementia Symptoms”

New research shows that people with ‘O’ blood type have decreased risk of cognitive decline

A pioneering study conducted by leading researchers at the University of Sheffield has revealed blood types play a role in the development of the nervous system and may impact the risk of developing cognitive decline. The research, carried out in collaboration with the IRCCS San Camillo Hospital Foundation in Venice, shows that people with anContinue reading “New research shows that people with ‘O’ blood type have decreased risk of cognitive decline”

Biogen Reports Its Alzheimer’s Drug Sharply Slowed Cognitive Decline

An experimental drug for Alzheimer’s disease sharply slowed the decline in mental function in a small clinical trial, researchers reported Friday, reviving hopes for an approach to therapy that until now has experienced repeated failures. The drug, being developed by Biogen Idec, could achieve sales of billions of dollars a year if the results fromContinue reading “Biogen Reports Its Alzheimer’s Drug Sharply Slowed Cognitive Decline”

Depression, Behaviour Changes May Start in Alzheimer’s Even Before Memory Changes

Depression and other behaviour changes may show up in people who will later develop Alzheimer’s disease even before they start having memory problems, according to a study published in the January 14, 2015, online issue of the journal Neurology. “While earlier studies have shown that an estimated 90% of people with Alzheimer’s experience behavioural orContinue reading “Depression, Behaviour Changes May Start in Alzheimer’s Even Before Memory Changes”

Glen Campbell releases powerful final song and video about his future with Alzheimer’s disease

I’m still here, but yet I’m gone I don’t play guitar or sing my songs They never defined who I am The man that loves you ’til the end You’re the last person I will love You’re the last face I will recall And best of all, I’m not gonna miss you. Not gonna missContinue reading “Glen Campbell releases powerful final song and video about his future with Alzheimer’s disease”

New blood test to predict who will develop Alzheimer’s disease

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have developed a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease that predicts with astonishing accuracy whether a healthy person will develop the disease. Though much work still needs to be done, it is hoped the test will someday be available in doctors’ offices, since the only methods for predicting Alzheimer’s right now,Continue reading “New blood test to predict who will develop Alzheimer’s disease”

New research shows that sleep functions to allow the brain to eliminate toxins that accumulate while we are awake

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, researchers say. During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a study of mice found. “It’s like a dishwasher,”Continue reading “New research shows that sleep functions to allow the brain to eliminate toxins that accumulate while we are awake”