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  • Progress in The Development of New Drugs in Alzheimer’s Disease

    07/15/2016 9:06:35 PM PDT · by Alannnnnn · 13 replies
    BOC Sciences Blog ^ | 27th, June, 2016 | BOC Sciences
    Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disease that is characterized by a progressive loss of memory associated with other cognitive sphere deficits interfering with social and occupational functioning. The global prevalence of AD was estimated at 26.55 million in 2006. During several years preceding the diagnosis of dementia, there is a gradual cognitive decline with a continuum from the predementia stage to the other stages of the disease. Current treatment strategies address impairments of cholinergic and glutamatergic systems. The cholinergic hypothesis was initially presented over 25 years ago and suggests that a dysfunction of acetylcholine containing neurons in the...
  • Trump confuses Barack Obama for Ben Carson

    02/16/2016 9:51:07 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 99 replies
    Politico ^ | 2-16-2016 | BEN SCHRECKINGER
    Donald Trump can't keep his Midwesterners straight. At a campaign stop in South Carolina on Tuesday, Trump repeatedly referred to retired neuosurgeon Ben Carson as "Obama." "What Ted Cruz did to Obama, where he said that Obama had quit the race and take our votes," Trump began to say before being corrected by his audience. In fact, he was referring to an incident in which members of Cruz's campaign spread reports suggesting that Carson was dropping out of the race on the day of the Iowa caucuses. People in the crowd started yelling that it was Carson. "Right? Is that...
  • Trump Misattributes Quote While Accusing Cruz of Dishonesty

    02/16/2016 8:57:22 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 90 replies
    Time ^ | February 16, 2016 | Tessa Berenson
    to bolster his claim, misattributing a quote about Cruz to a former Senator. First, Trump retweeted his social media director's link to a blog post about former Republican Senator Tom Coburn on Texas Sen. Cruz. "Unreal! Highly respected Senator Tom Coburn- said this about Cruz," the business mogul tweeted, attributing the quote "He is, without a doubt, one of the most dishonest people in DC," to Coburn. Trump then repeated the quote during a rally in North Augusta, South Carolina. "Did you see the Senator from Oklahoma just came out with a statement? One of the most incredible statements ......
  • Clinton announces plan to battle Alzheimer's

    12/22/2015 10:28:36 AM PST · by SubMareener · 30 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | December 22, 2015 | Luciana Lopez
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday announced a slate of proposals to battle Alzheimer's disease and seek a cure by 2025, including an increase in funding for research on the disease and related disorders.
  • Sex, Dementia and a Husband on Trial at Age 78

    04/14/2015 1:53:46 PM PDT · by Theoria · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 April 2015 | Pam Belluck
    There is no question that Donna Lou Rayhons had severe Alzheimer’s. In the days before being placed in a nursing home in Garner, Iowa, last year, Mrs. Rayhons, 78, could not recall her daughters’ names or how to eat a hamburger. One day, she tried to wash her hands in the toilet of a restaurant bathroom. But another question has become the crux of an extraordinary criminal case unfolding this week in an Iowa courtroom: Was Mrs. Rayhons able to consent to sex with her husband? Henry Rayhons, 78, has been charged with third-degree felony sexual abuse, accused of having...
  • Alzheimer's breakthrough....

    02/16/2015 10:50:49 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 38 replies
    DailyMail.Co.UK ^ | February 16, 2015 | Ben Spencer
    Scientists have discovered the key to stopping Alzheimer’s disease in its earliest stages. The breakthrough paves the way for a ‘statin-like’ drug that could be taken by millions to prevent dementia. Cambridge University researchers have found a naturally occurring molecule that can slow the formation of plaques in the brain. Amyloid plaques are closely associated with declining memory and other Alzheimer’s symptoms. The discovery raises the prospect of a treatment which could be routinely taken in middle age to stop dementia. It could even result in a pill that could be used to treat dementia in the same way that...
  • Alzheimer's disease could be prevented after new blood test breakthrough

    07/08/2014 11:00:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies ^ | 12:01AM BST 08 Jul 2014 | By Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent
    Scientists at Oxford University and Kings College London develop blood test which can predict the onset of Alzheimer's so that drugs could target the disease before symptoms appear A blood test has been developed to predict if someone will develop Alzheimer’s within a year, raising hopes that the disease could become preventable. After a decade of research, scientists at Oxford University and King’s College London are confident they have found 10 proteins which show the disease is imminent. Clinical trials will start on people who have not yet developed Alzheimer’s to find out which drugs halt its onset. The blood...
  • Antidepressant Could Be Prophylactic for Alzheimer’s

    05/15/2014 8:01:03 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies
    the-scientist ^ | May 14, 2014 | Rina Shaikh-Lesko
    An antidepressant drug appears to deter the formation of amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published today (May 14) in Science Translational Medicine. A team led by Yvette Sheline of the University of Pennsylvania studied the effects of citalopram, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), on mice and a small group of people.Amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles can be found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, but it’s not clear if the plaques are precursors to neurodegenerative problems or an effect of them. Citalopram, which is marketed as Celexa and Cipramil, is typically used to treat...
  • Windsor votes to remove fluoride from drinking water (Canada)

    01/30/2013 7:10:06 PM PST · by opentalk · 45 replies
    Windsor star ^ | January 28, 2012
    Windsor on Monday joined the growing number of municipalities which have voted to end the decades-old practice of adding fluoride to the water supply in the fight against tooth decay. “A lot has changed in the last 60 years … fluoride is not the be-all and end-all to prevent tooth decay,” said Mayor Eddie Francis, who voted with the majority.… “I want to be shown that when we ingest this, we are safe,” said Kimberley DeYong of Fluoride Free Windsor. She and others said not a single study among those cited by fluoridation proponents looked specifically at the industry-sourced chemical...
  • Psoriasis drug may halt or reverse Alzheimer's disease

    12/02/2012 10:29:54 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 34 replies
    SmelLASlime ^ | November 27, 2012 | Melissa Healy
    A biological medication already widely used to treat plaque psoriasis may be able to slow the accumulation of amyloid plaques in the brain that are the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, a new study has found. The same study found that in older mice with established Alzheimer's, this treatment approach, which suppresses the brain's immune reaction to beta amyloid, brought a marked improvement in cognitive function and may even halt or reverse early signs of Alzheimer's. The new study was published this week in the journal Nature Medicine. Conducted by researchers in Switzerland and Germany, the study offers a glimmer of...
  • Boosting protein garbage disposal in brain cells protects mice from Alzheimer's disease

    03/04/2011 10:56:12 AM PST · by decimon · 3 replies
    Georgetown University Medical Center ^ | March 4, 2011 | Unknown
    GUMC neuroscientists say their novel gene therapy shows that clearing toxic proteins inside brain cells prevents plaque formation outside neuronsWashington, D.C. – Gene therapy that boosts the ability of brain cells to gobble up toxic proteins prevents development of Alzheimer's disease in mice that are predestined to develop it, report researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center. They say the treatment – which is given just once - could potentially do the same in people at the beginning stages of the disease. The study, published online in Human Molecular Genetics, demonstrates that giving brain cells extra parkin genes promotes efficient and...
  • Study: Scientists Revive Old, Fading Memories

    03/03/2011 4:59:59 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Time ^ | 03/03/11 | Maia Szalavitz
    Study: Scientists Revive Old, Fading Memories By Maia Szalavitz Thursday, March 3, 2011 What would it be like if you never forgot — if your brain were able to access your haziest long-term memories as though they had just been freshly made? For the first time, working in rats, researchers have enhanced weak, old memories by tweaking an enzyme in the brain. The findings not only deepen understanding of how memory works, but offer new hope for the development of treatments for Alzheimer's and other memory-destroying diseases. The study, led by researchers at Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science, involved using...
  • Joan Rivers: Sarah Palin is a Nazi { Thus Joan Rivers becomes Holocaust denier ]

    02/07/2011 4:16:19 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 57 replies
    Examiner ^ | Feb 7 2011 | Joe Newby
    There are apparently no limits regarding the left's unhinged hatred toward Sarah Palin. Joan Rivers joined the ranks of those afflicted with what is now called "Palin Derangement Syndrome" when she called Sarah Palin a Nazi while speaking with Joy Behar. Rivers was mad because her appearance on a Fox News program was canceled, and claimed it was because she said, “I don’t think Sarah Palin is very smart.” Continue reading on Joan Rivers: Sarah Palin is a Nazi - Spokane Conservative |
  • Bacterial Product Isolated in Soil from Easter Island Rescues Learning, Memory in Alzheimer's...

    04/02/2010 1:18:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 996+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Mar. 8, 2010 | NA
    Bacterial Product Isolated in Soil from Easter Island Rescues Learning, Memory in Alzheimer's Mouse Model Rapamycin, a drug that keeps the immune system from attacking transplanted organs, may have another exciting use: fighting Alzheimer's disease. The drug -- a bacterial product first isolated in soil from Easter Island -- rescued learning and memory deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer's, a team from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio reported on Feb. 23. The study, in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, offers the first evidence that the drug is able to reverse Alzheimer's-like deficits in an...
  • Caffeine reverses memory impairment in Alzheimer's mice

    07/06/2009 2:01:05 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 19 replies · 997+ views ^ | July 7, 2009 | University of South Florida Health
    Enlarge Caffeine treatment removed the beta amyloid plaques from the brains of the Alzheimer's mice. Credit: Photo courtesy of Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Coffee drinkers may have another reason to pour that extra cup. When aged mice bred to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's disease were given caffeine - the equivalent of five cups of coffee a day - their memory impairment was reversed, report University of South Florida researchers at the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. Back-to-back studies published online today in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, show caffeine significantly decreased abnormal levels of the protein linked to...
  • Caffeine May Prevent and Help Reverse Alzheimer's Disease

    08/02/2009 6:31:50 PM PDT · by SmartInsight · 30 replies · 1,201+ views
    Natural News ^ | Aug. 2, 2009 | S. L. Baker
    In experiments with lab mice especially bred to develop symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, University of South Florida (USF) researchers at the Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Center ADRC gave the aged animals the equivalent of the caffeine in five cups of coffee a day. The results? Their severe memory impairment was reversed. This study, along with other AD research by the same group of scientists, was just published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Both studies show that caffeine significantly decreased abnormal levels of beta amyloid (the protein linked to AD) in both the brains and blood of lab rodents who...
  • Would you wear a camera around your neck? "Designed to help Alzheimer's patients"

    10/19/2009 9:17:11 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 13 replies · 684+ views
    cbs47 ^ | 10-19-09 | cakid1
    How about this one? Its a camera that's worn around your neck. It captures your whole day. Originally it was invented to help patients with Alzheimer's disease. The camera takes pictures automatically ...
  • Scientists remove amyloid plaques from brains of live animals with Alzheimer's disease

    10/15/2009 7:52:05 AM PDT · by decimon · 24 replies · 951+ views
    New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that manipulation of the brain's own immune cells with IL-6 could lead to reversal of Alzheimer's disease pathologyA breakthrough discovery by scientists from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL, may lead to a new treatment for Alzheimer's Disease that actually removes amyloid plaques—considered a hallmark of the disease—from patients' brains. This discovery, published online in The FASEB Journal (, is based on the unexpected finding that when the brain's immune cells (microglia) are activated by the interleukin-6 protein (IL-6), they actually remove plaques instead of causing them or making them worse. The research...
  • New test can detect early Alzheimer's: study

    03/16/2009 10:07:33 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 772+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mar 16, 2009 | Julie Steenhuysen Julie Steenhuysen
    A new test can accurately detect Alzheimer's disease in its earliest stages, before dementia symptoms surface and widespread damage occurs, U.S. researchers said on Monday. The test, which measures proteins in spinal fluid that can point to Alzheimer's, was 87 percent accurate at predicting which patients with early memory problems and other symptoms of cognitive impairment would eventually be diagnosed with Alzheimer's, they said. "With this test, we can reliably detect and track the progression of Alzheimer's disease," said Leslie Shaw of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, whose study appears in the Annals of Neurology. Such tests, which...
  • Drinking coffee reduces risk of Alzheimer's: study

    01/16/2009 9:46:11 AM PST · by Schnucki · 55 replies · 1,452+ views
    AFP ^ | January 15, 2008
    STOCKHOLM — Middle-aged people who drink moderate amounts of coffee significantly reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a study by Finnish and Swedish researchers showed Thursday. "Middle-aged people who drank between three and five cups of coffee a day lowered their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's disease by between 60 and 65 percent later in life," said lead researcher on the project, Miia Kivipelto, a professor at the University of Kuopio in Finland and at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. The study, which was also conducted in cooperation with the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki and which...
  • Lead linked to aging in older brains

    01/27/2008 12:46:35 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 10 replies · 71+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 1/27/08 | Malcom Ritter
    Could it be that the "natural" mental decline that afflicts many older people is related to how much lead they absorbed decades before? That's the provocative idea emerging from some recent studies, part of a broader area of new research that suggests some pollutants can cause harm that shows up only years after someone is exposed. The new work suggests long-ago lead exposure can make an aging person's brain work as if it's five years older than it really is. If that's verified by more research, it means that sharp cuts in environmental lead levels more than 20 years ago...
  • Reversal Of Alzheimer's Symptoms Within Minutes In Human Study

    01/09/2008 2:14:21 PM PST · by blam · 102 replies · 824+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-8-2008 | University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
    Reversal Of Alzheimer's Symptoms Within Minutes In Human StudyPET Scan of Alzheimer's Disease Brain. (Credit: NIH/National Institute On Aging) ScienceDaily (Jan. 9, 2008) — An extraordinary new scientific study, which for the first time documents marked improvement in Alzheimer’s disease within minutes of administration of a therapeutic molecule, has just been published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation. This new study highlights the importance of certain soluble proteins, called cytokines, in Alzheimer’s disease. The study focuses on one of these cytokines, tumor necrosis factor-alpha(TNF), a critical component of the brain’s immune system. Normally, TNF finely regulates the transmission of neural impulses...
  • Look in their eyes- seems to be vacant. A discussion of Alzheimer disease amongst Freepers.

    12/02/2007 7:31:53 PM PST · by mojo114 · 72 replies · 235+ views
    A Party brought together the family. I have not seen my sister in two year's and I was shocked. My sister is 67 yrs old but was very busy and vibrant, travels the world with her husband.
  • Scientists Isolate Chemical In Curry That May Help Immune System Clear Plaques Found In Alzheimer's

    07/17/2007 5:06:43 PM PDT · by blam · 25 replies · 955+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-17-2007 | University Of California
    Source: University of California - Los Angeles Date: July 17, 2007 Scientists Isolate Chemical In Curry That May Help Immune System Clear Plaques Found In Alzheimer's Science Daily — Researchers have isolated bisdemethoxycurcumin, the active ingredient of curcuminoids -- a natural substance found in turmeric root -- that may help boost the immune system in clearing amyloid beta, a peptide that forms the plaques found in Alzheimer's disease. Using blood samples from Alzheimer's disease patients, researchers found that bisdemethoxycurcumin boosted immune cells called macrophages to clear amyloid beta. Ground turmeric in small bowl. (Credit: iStockphoto/Jenny Horne)In addition, researchers identified the...
  • Catholic Schwarzenegger to terminate religious 'interference'

    06/01/2007 9:35:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 61 replies · 1,537+ views
    Cath News ^ | June 1, 2007
    Describing himself as a "very dedicated Catholic", California Governor Arnold Schhwarzenegger is backing stem cell research initiatives, saying that religion should not interfere with government policy. The Star reports that Governor Schwarzenegger is attempting to stare down anti-abortion opponents of stem-cell research with a warning to leave religion out of politics and health. Schwarzenegger, in Toronto to sign accords with Premier Dalton McGuinty on collaborating with Ontario to fight cancer and curb climate change, said saving lives is paramount. "I always said that you should not have your religion interfere with government policies or with the policies of the...
  • VeriChip Shares Gain on Florida Program[Alzheimer's patients]

    05/22/2007 10:53:21 AM PDT · by BGHater · 2 replies · 533+ views
    AP ^ | 18 May 2007 | DAMIAN J. TROISE
    Shares of VeriChip Corp., which makes implantable locating and identification devices, soared Friday on reports the company's VeriMed identification chip will be used for consenting Alzheimer's patients at a Florida adult care facility. The stock gained $1.17, or 27 percent, to reach $5.50 in afternoon trading. Shares have traded between $4.27 and $6.99 over the last 52 weeks. The VeriMed chip, approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2004, is only part of the company's business. Revenue mainly comes from what are called active radio frequency identification devices, such as bracelets placed on both mother and newborn child while...
  • I'm Sorry for the Impotence Ads....

    05/19/2007 7:31:38 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 116 replies · 3,578+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 19 May 2007 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    There are certain categories of ads on TV which offend me, and no doubt you, whenever they appear. There are the impotence ads. (Known as “E.D.” to its friends.) Plus the constipation/diarrhea ads. Plus the mobility (scooter) ads. The implication is that older men can’t get it up, can’t get it out, or can’t get it moving. Throw in the Alzheimer ads, and we can’t remember whether we’ve done any of that. I say “we” because all these annoying ads are my fault. Yes, mine, and I apologize. Yes, I am falling apart. It was only a month ago that...
  • Reversing Alzheimer's memory loss may be possible

    04/30/2007 8:05:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 260+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 4/30/07 | Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mental stimulation and drug treatment may help people with brain ailments such as Alzheimer's disease regain seemingly lost memories, according to research published on Sunday. Scientists used two methods to reverse memory loss in mice with a condition like Alzheimer's -- placing them in sort of a rodent Disneyland to stimulate their brains, and also using a type of drug that encourages growth of brain nerve cells. Neuroscientist Li-Huei Tsai of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said such methods might yield similar benefits in people with Alzheimer's disease or other types...
  • Special Report W/ Brit Hume (Sen. Schumer Is Mentally Unfit to Hold the Office)

    03/14/2007 9:51:07 AM PDT · by alex · 13 replies · 1,815+ views
    FNC ^ | 3/13/07 | Brit Hume
    News stories reporting that the Bush administration had considered firing all 93 U.S. attorneys across the country failed to mention that that is exactly what Bill Clinton did soon after taking office in 1993... By the way, the mass Clinton firings generated some news stories, some complaints from Republicans in Congress, but no Congressional investigations, and not a word from Chuck Schumer.
  • Alzheimer's Heart Link Explained

    11/20/2006 6:33:30 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 861+ views
    BBC ^ | 11-20-2006
    Alzheimer's heart link explained Amyloid protein damages brain cells Scientists have discovered how heart disease or a stroke may trigger Alzheimer's disease. Both conditions lead to a reduction of oxygen flow to the brain. A University of British Columbia team, studying mice, found this stimulates increased development of the protein clumps thought to cause Alzheimer's. The lack of oxygen increases activity in a gene controlling production of the key protein, found the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences study. This protein, beta amyloid, collects in knots in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, and is thought to cause...
  • Drinking juiced fruit and veg 'cuts Alzheimer's risk by 76%'

    09/01/2006 12:46:36 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 52 replies · 2,091+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Sept. 1, 2006 | EMILY COOK
    Drinking fruit and vegetable juices more than three times a week can dramatically cut the chances of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study has found. Researchers followed almost 2,000 volunteers for up to 10 years while monitoring their juice consumption and brain function. They found the risk of Alzheimer's was 76 per cent lower for those who drank juices more than three times a week compared to those who drank them less than once a week. Other research has shown that eating curry can help stave off the disease and improve mental agility because of compounds found in the spice...
  • Juice could help stave off Alzheimer's: study

    08/31/2006 11:07:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies · 1,971+ views
    ChannelNewsAsia ^ | 01 September 2006
    Drinking fruit or vegetable juice several times a week could help protect against Alzheimer's disease, according to a study in the September issue of The American Journal of Medicine. The nine-year study involving nearly 2,000 people, led by Professor Qi Dai of Tennessee's Vanderbilt University, showed that the risk of developing Alzheimer's - a degenerative brain disease that affects a person's memory, thinking and mood - was cut by 76 percent among those who drank fruit or vegetable juice more than three times a week. Among those who drank juice once a week, the risk was reduced by 16 percent....
  • Alzheimer's drug 'a poison antidote'

    08/07/2006 3:02:29 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 6 replies · 572+ views
    The Australian ^ | August 8, 2006 | Australian correspondents in Washington
    An Alzheimer's pill that helps slow the brain damage caused by the disease may also protect against the effects of nerve gases and pesticides, US researchers reported today. They said the drug, marketed under the name Reminyl and Razadyne, completely protected guinea pigs against the nerve agents soman and sarin, as well as toxic amounts of pesticides. They gave the animals high doses of the poisons and treated them with Reminyl, known generically as galantamine, along with atropine, often given as an antidote for organophosphate pesticides such as paraoxon. "To our amazement, the animals treated with galantamine behaved as if...
  • Former UVM Researcher Sentenced for Falsifying Work

    07/01/2006 5:38:29 PM PDT · by anymouse · 5 replies · 474+ views
    Boston Globe/AP ^ | June 28, 2006
    BURLINGTON, Vt. --A former University of Vermont College of Medicine professor was ordered Wednesday to serve a year and a day in federal prison for using false data to obtain federal research grants. Eric Poehlman, 50, who left UVM in 2001 for the University of Montreal and was fired from there amid revelations about his scientific misconduct, will serve the sentence at a federal prison work camp in Maryland. An official with the National Institutes of Health said Poehlman's case marked the first time a researcher would serve time in prison for falsifying data to obtain federal grants. (snap) Poehlman,...
  • Taylor dismisses Alzheimer's reports

    05/30/2006 7:13:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 348+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/30/06 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES - Elizabeth Taylor on Tuesday dismissed tabloid reports that she was being treated for early Alzheimer's disease or was gravely ill. The Academy Award-winning actress, who uses a wheelchair because of back problems, was asked about the reports during an appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live." "Oh come on, do I look like I'm dying?" the 74-year-old actress asked King in a rare television interview. "Do I look like or sound like I have Alzheimer's?" Taylor said tabloids report such things "because they have nothing else dirty to write about anybody else." She said her back problems go...
  • Drug Found to Reverse the Ravages of Alzheimer's in Mice

    03/06/2006 8:57:56 AM PST · by S0122017 · 8 replies · 315+ views
    american scientist ^ | March 01, 2006 | Kate Wong
    March 01, 2006 Drug Found to Reverse the Ravages of Alzheimer's in Mice Researchers have identified a compound that could significantly improve treatment of Alzheimer's disease. When administered to mice engineered to develop hallmarks of the disease, the drug reversed cognitive decline and reduced the two types of brain lesions--plaques and tangles--that occur in Alzheimer's patients. Frank M. LaFerla of the University of California at Irvine and his colleagues gave Alzheimer's mice and normal mice daily doses of the drug, known as AF267B, for eight weeks and then tested their ability to learn to locate a hidden platform in a...
  • Age-related memory improvement linked with consumption of apple products

    01/30/2006 5:24:16 AM PST · by AdmSmith · 31 replies · 724+ views
    U.S. Apple Association ^ | 23-Jan-2006 | Wendy Davis
    "An apple a day" now has new meaning for those who want to maintain mental dexterity as they age. New research from the University of Massachusetts Lowell suggests that consuming apple juice may protect against cell damage that contributes to age-related memory loss, even in test animals that were not prone to developing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. "This new study suggests that eating and drinking apples and apple juice, in conjunction with a balanced diet, can protect the brain from the effects of oxidative stress – and that we should eat such antioxidant-rich foods," notes lead researcher Thomas B....
  • Gardening, reading and praying can help stave off Alzheimer's disease

    01/01/2006 10:03:02 AM PST · by ddtorquee · 12 replies · 732+ views
    Anything that keeps your mind and body active - reading, writing, gardening, or even an introspective pursuit like prayer - can help to prevent the development of Alzheimer's Disease, a collaborative study between Israeli and American researchers has found. At the same time, the researchers discovered that passive activities like watching TV, can actually encourage the development of the disease. The comprehensive research project was carried out by the Technion Israel's Institute of Science & Technology, in cooperation with researchers from Boston University and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and with the support of the US National Institute of...
  • Brain disconnects during deep sleep, UW study says

    09/30/2005 5:53:03 AM PDT · by Obadiah · 73 replies · 2,161+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | Sept. 29, 2005 | JOHN FAUBER
    As we slip into deep sleep, higher regions of our brains take a vacation from each other, disconnecting so much that consciousness is snuffed out and a once highly integrated organ becomes separated, according to a groundbreaking experiment by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers.
  • Schiavo neurologist views Alzheimer patients as physician-assisted "suicides"

    04/04/2005 6:33:25 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 49 replies · 1,357+ views
    CFP ^ | April 4, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    Years before he categorized Terri Schindler Schiavo in the persistent vegetative state, which led to her death by dehydration, neurologist Dr. Ronald Cranford was building the case for removing feeding tubes from society’s vulnerable. "…The United States has thousands or tens of thousands of patients in vegetative states; nobody knows for sure exactly how many," Cranford wrote in a 1997 Minneapolis Star Tribune opinion piece titled: When a feeding tube borders on the barbaric. (WorldNetDaily. Com, March 23, 2005). "But before long, this country will have several million patients with Alzheimer’s dementia. The challenges and costs of maintaining vegetative state...
  • Alzheimer brain damage 'reversed'

    01/22/2005 12:05:15 PM PST · by Middle-O-Road · 34 replies · 1,190+ views
    BBC News ^ | Saturday, 22 January, 2005, 00:26 GMT | BBC News
    Scientists have reversed the damage caused to the brain by Alzheimer's disease during tests on mice. The US team used an antibody to remove the build up of potentially damaging deposits from the area of the brain responsible for memory and cognition. The treatment reversed the nerve cell damage in days, Washington University School of Medicine researchers said. UK experts described the findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, as "exciting". Prior to the study, it was thought that once the damage had been caused to the brain there was no way of repairing it. This new work is...
  • Antibody treatment partially reverses nerve damage in Alzheimer disease

    01/20/2005 2:39:54 PM PST · by HangnJudge · 21 replies · 614+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 1-20-05 | David M. Holtzman David M. Holtzman David Holtzman
    Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine have shown that an antibody treatment administered to the brain surface in mice with Alzheimer disease is capable of rapidly reversing disease-related structural nerve damage. The study will appear online on January 20 in advance of print publication in the February 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
  • Scots drug hope in Alzheimer's fight

    01/08/2005 9:10:41 AM PST · by aculeus · 18 replies · 895+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 8 Jan 2005 | FRANK URQUHART
    A DRUG that could reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease for the first time is to be tested by sufferers of dementia across Britain. Until now, drugs used to treat the devastating disease have only delayed the onset of symptoms. But researchers hope the new drug could have an impact on the progression of a disease that affects more than 400,000 men and women in the UK. The £1.4 million clinical trial centres on a drug developed by TauRx Therapeutics, a company headed by Claude Wischik, Professor of Psychiatric Geratology and Old Age Psychiatry at Aberdeen University. Professor Wischik, who...
  • Tea could improve memory, study shows

    10/26/2004 7:12:22 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 36 replies · 1,061+ views
    University of Newcastle upon Tyne ^ | 25-Oct-2004 | Press release
    Drinking regular cups of tea could help improve your memory, new research suggests. Results of laboratory tests by a team from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne found that green and black tea inhibit the activity of certain enzymes in the brain which are associated with memory. The findings, which are published in the academic journal, Phytotherapy Research, may lead to the development of a new treatment for a form of dementia which affects an estimated ten million people worldwide, Alzheimer's Disease. For their experiment, the research team, from Newcastle University's Medicinal Plant Research Centre, investigated the properties of coffee...
  • `Spectacular' Alzheimer's Breakthrough Possible (also spinal cord injuries)

    10/02/2004 12:27:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies · 1,580+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | October 2, 2004 | GARY HABER
    TAMPA - A team of Finnish researchers working with Tampa's Johnnie B. Byrd Sr. Alzheimer's Center and Research Institute has developed a drug that could be a major advancement for people with spinal cord injuries and degenerative diseases including Alzheimer's. The researchers, led by Paivi Liesi, at the University of Helsinki, isolated a combination of amino acids known as tripeptide lysine-aspartic acid isoleucine. When tested in rats, the combination prevented neurotoxins from destroying neurons in the rats' brains. The therapy could slow or even reverse the effects of Alzheimer's disease, the researchers said. It could be a boon for the...
  • Stem Cells Not the Priority for Alzheimer's

    06/12/2004 5:58:43 PM PDT · by Coleus · 47 replies · 1,158+ views ^ | 06.11.04
    Stem Cells Not the Priority for Alzheimer' WiresFriday, June 11, 2004 NEW YORK – Despite the high profile that Nancy Reagan and others have given the idea of using embryonic stem cells to treat Alzheimer's disease, advances are likely to come faster from other approaches. Experts cite other more promising efforts that in five to 10 years may be used to fight the disease that led to President Reagan's death. "I just think everybody feels there are higher priorities for seeking effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease and for identifying preventive strategies," said Marilyn Albert, a Johns Hopkins University researcher who...
  • Reagan Focused Attention on Alzheimer's Research (since 2003 #6 death cause in the US !)

    06/08/2004 4:58:32 PM PDT · by Truth666 · 35 replies · 371+ views
    reuteres ^ | Sun Jun 7 | Sarah Tippit
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - One of Ronald Reagan 's greatest legacies is one he may not have been fully aware that he created: focusing attention on the disease that took his life, a researcher said on Sunday. "We're mourning the loss of an extraordinary man, a man who finished the second term of his presidency at the age of 77, but who still was not able to conquer this devastating disease," said Dr. Gary Small, an expert on Alzheimer's disease (news - web sites) and the author of two books on the subject. People are now receiving earlier diagnoses and...
  • Hibernating Squirrels Show Alzheimer's Symptoms

    12/18/2003 4:07:32 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 186+ views
    Ananova ^ | 12-18-2003
    Hibernating squirrels show Alzheimer's symptoms Hibernating squirrels show similar symptoms to Alzheimer's disease sufferers, according to German neuro-scientists. Experts from the University of Leipzig say protein changes in the brains of hibernating squirrels resemble the "virtual shut-down" of the human brain as a result of Alzheimer's. However, unlike Alzheimer's sufferers, the changes to the rodents' brains are reversed within a few days of awaking from their winter sleep. Scientist Thomas Arendt, who believes a functional dynamic change in the brain is responsible for Alzheimer's, said he wanted look at other creatures to find out if similar processes occurred. "The small...
  • Nicotine studied as treatment for brain disorders

    11/12/2003 8:37:51 AM PST · by A. Pole · 32 replies · 637+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/12/2003 | Carey Goldberg
    <p>Scientists reported yesterday that nicotine seems to diminish mental impairment stemming from stress or an underactive thyroid -- the latest in a growing body of evidence that the long vilified substance may help people with brain disorders ranging from Alzheimer's disease to schizophrenia.</p>
  • Adding Fish to Diet May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's

    07/21/2003 2:13:39 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 27 replies · 281+ views
    AP ^ | Monday, July 21, 2003
    <p>Older people who eat fish at least once a week may cut their risk of Alzheimer's (search) by more than half, a study suggests.</p> <p>The study adds to the evidence that diet may affect a person's chances of developing the mind-robbing disease that affects 4 million Americans.</p>