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  • Alzheimer's molecule is a smart speed bump on the nerve-cell transport highway

    01/17/2008 10:35:30 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 334+ views
    Differential regulation of dynein and kinesin motor proteins by the microtubule associated protein tau. The Penn group found that dynein, which carries loads towards the interior of the nerve cell, maneuvers around tau; whereas, kinesin, which carries loads towards the outside of the nerve cell, detaches when it encounters tau. Credit: Credit: Ram Dixit, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine discovered that proteins carrying chemical cargo in nerve cells react differently when exposed to the tau protein, which plays an important role in Alzheimer’s disease. Dynein and kinesin proteins transport...
  • Folding@Home - New Software for the PS3

    12/22/2007 12:29:27 PM PST · by texas booster · 56 replies · 547+ views ^ | 12/22/2007 | Noam Rimon
    As we approach one million PLAYSTATION 3 consoles participating in the Folding@Home program, we continue to improve the FAH client. With the new Firmware v2.1 we also prepared an updated version of FAH, which can soon be automatically downloaded by clicking on the FAH icon. This updated version includes the following new features: If you happen to be one of the people that wants to leave their machine running after they finished their late-night gaming session, but wish to shut it down after a limited period of time, we have a great tip for you: Go to Settings menu, select...
  • Mental Reserves Keep Brains Agile

    12/17/2007 9:29:40 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies · 133+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 11, 2007 | JANE E. BRODY
    My husband, at 74, is the baby of his bridge group, which includes a woman of 85 and a man of 89. This challenging game demands an excellent memory (for bids, cards played, rules and so on) and an ability to think strategically and read subtle psychological cues. Never having had a head for cards, I continue to be amazed by the mental agility of these septua- and octogenarians. The brain, like every other part of the body, changes with age, and those changes can impede clear thinking and memory. Yet many older people seem to remain sharp as a...
  • Faulty Wiring in the Aging Brain

    12/06/2007 8:53:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 64 replies · 176+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 5 December 2007 | Greg Miller
    Even seniors fortunate enough to avoid the horrors of Alzheimer's disease typically experience some declines in memory and other cognitive abilities. Little is known about why this happens, but a new study suggests that cognitive declines in healthy older adults may result when brain regions that normally work together become out of sync, perhaps because the connections between them break down. A team led by Harvard neuroscientists Jessica Andrews-Hanna and Randy Buckner used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to monitor brain activity in 38 young adults, mostly 20-somethings, and 55 older adults, age 60 or above. The researchers focused on...
  • Progress Cited in Developing Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

    10/14/2007 1:24:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 75+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 14, 2007 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Scientists reported progress today toward one of medicine’s long-sought goals: the development of a blood test that can accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, and even do so years before truly debilitating memory loss. A team of scientists, based mainly at Stanford University, developed a test that was about 90 percent accurate in distinguishing the blood of people with Alzheimer’s from the blood of those without the disease. The test was about 80 percent accurate in predicting which patients with mild memory loss would go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease two to six years later. Outside experts called the results, published online...
  • Judge upholds decision that limits Alzheimer’s drug to few NHS patients

    08/10/2007 6:30:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 677+ views ^ | August 11, 2007 | Nigel Hawkes
    A ruling by the national drug watchdog to limit access to an Alzheimer’s drug has been upheld by the High Court. The drug company Eisai challenged the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) over its guidance that for most patients Eisai’s drug Aricept was not a cost-effective use of NHS resources. This was the first legal challenge to a NICE judgment and, except in one aspect, it was a failure. In the High Court yesterday Mrs Justice Dobbs ruled that on five out of six issues raised by Eisai and the Alzheimer’s Society, the challenge failed. NICE’s decision,...
  • Alzheimers curable

    05/28/2007 9:54:37 AM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies · 1,230+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | April 30, 2007 | NA
    DEGENERATIVE brain diseases, including Alzheimers, could one day be treated with drugs that can reverse distressing loss of memory, according to a study released Sunday. The very term "memory loss'' could be a misnomer in such cases, suggests the study, published in British journal Nature: that cherished recollection of a first kiss, seemingly destroyed by disease, may have simply been rendered inaccessible by obstructed neural pathways. In laboratory experiments, mice suffering the type of brain damage which in humans typically leads to dementia - robbing victims of the ability to remember past events or even to recognize loved ones -...
  • Immune Antibodies Penetrate Neurons To Clear Alzheimer's-Linked Amyloid

    05/28/2007 12:19:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 723+ views ^ | 24 May 2007 | NA
    Immune Antibodies Penetrate Neurons To Clear Alzheimer's-Linked Amyloid - Discovery Could Advance Treatment For Alzheimer's, Immune Diseases Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have gotten much closer to understanding how immune-based therapies can treat Alzheimer's disease -- by studying how antibodies go inside brain cells to reduce levels of Alzheimer's-linked amyloid peptides that form plaques between neurons. "This internalization and activity of the antibody within the cell was a big surprise and something we really haven't appreciated in neurological medicine. It gives us new hope for the use of immunotherapy against Alzheimer's, while casting intriguing new light on other disease...
  • Omega-3 fatty acid tied to Alzheimer's prevention

    04/18/2007 9:41:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 27 replies · 1,074+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 04.18.07 | ANGELA STEWART
    A diet rich in a type of omega-3 fatty acid can help prevent Alzheimer's disease, and a newly discovered molecule might block enzymes in the brain that lead to plaque formations -- a hallmark of the progressive brain disorder -- two new studies suggest. In one of those studies, at the University of California, Irvine, scientists used genetically engineered mice and it is reportedly the first to show that an omega-3 fatty acid known as docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA for short, can slow the accumulation of tau, a protein that leads to plaque and tangles in brain tissue seen in...
  • Ron Reagan Shocker: Stem Cells WON'T Cure Alzheimer's

    07/13/2004 8:12:11 AM PDT · by kattracks · 91 replies · 3,029+ views
    NewsMax .com ^ | 7/13/04 | Carl Limbacher
    Ron Reagan, Jr., admitted Monday night that embryonic stem cell research will probably be absolutely useless in the quest to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease - throwing cold water on the big media's campaign to sell the controversial science as medically effective in battling the affliction that killed Reagan's father. "Alzheimer‘s is a disease, ironically, that probably won‘t be amenable to treatment through stem cell therapies," Reagan told MSBC's Chris Matthews. So why have he and his mother, former first lady Nancy Reagan, made stem cell research their cause celeb? "For people to suggest that [Nancy Reagan] shouldn’t support...
  • Fish Oil Linked to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

    11/15/2006 1:31:05 AM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 997+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 14, 2006 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    A substance found in fish oil may be associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other dementias, researchers reported yesterday. The scientists found that people with the highest blood levels of an omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, were about half as likely to develop dementia as those with lower levels. The substance is one of several omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids found in fatty fish and, in small amounts, in some meats. It is also sold in fish oil or DHA supplements. The researchers looked for a reduced risk associated with seven other omega-3 fatty...
  • Study Shows Coffee May Prevent Alzheimer's ( and Diabetes, gallstones, and mild depression )

    11/06/2006 8:03:59 PM PST · by george76 · 52 replies · 1,104+ views
    CBS 4 ^ | Nov 6, 2006 | Dr. Dave Hnida
    A cup of coffee may do more than help start your day. A new study suggests coffee may go a long way toward protecting your brain cells from the damage of Alzheimer's disease and several other neurological diseases. The research, which came from the Alzheimer's Institute in Florida, found coffee protects the brain. Other studies have found no difference in brain protection whether someone drinks caffeinated or decaf so the "protector" may be one of the 70 other chemicals found in a cup of joe. Some good news is that it's not too late to start enjoying a cup of...
  • The Memory Hole

    11/02/2006 9:34:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1,131+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 3, 2006 | DAVID SHENK
    ONE hundred years ago today, a 42-year-old German psychiatrist and neuropathologist named Alois Alzheimer shocked colleagues with his description of one woman’s autopsied brain. The woman was named Auguste Deter. Five years earlier, her husband had admitted her to Alzheimer’s psychiatric hospital in Frankfurt with a disturbing set of symptoms: memory trouble, aphasia (loss of the ability to use words), confusion, bursts of anger and paranoia. She had become a danger to herself in the kitchen and needed constant care. Alzheimer found his new patient sitting on a bed with a helpless expression. “What is your name?” he asked. “Auguste,”...
  • Huge cost of Alzheimer's

    09/21/2006 2:48:25 AM PDT · by John Carey · 1 replies · 241+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | September 21, 2006 | John E. Carey
    What are the costs of a progressive brain disease on an aging society? At the 10th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (ICAD), in Madrid in July 2006, Dr. Anders Wimo of the Stockholm Gerontology Research Center and Aging Research Center at Karolinska Institute, Sweden, said worldwide costs of dementia care (combined direct and informal costs) is around $248 billion annually. This overlooks the fact many suffer the ill effects and still receive no care and that our aging population is growing at a breathtaking rate. "These startling cost estimates for Alzheimer's care clearly illustrate the great challenges...
  • Scientists Create Brain Cells, Development of Treatments for Alzheimers and Parkinson's

    06/15/2005 7:43:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 27 replies · 3,135+ views
    LifesiteNews ^ | 06.14.05
    Scientists Create Brain Cells, Predict Possible Rapid Development of Treatments for Alzheimers and Parkinson's WASHINGTON, June 14, 2005 ( - American researchers have found a method of growing batches, or lines, of fully mature brain cells. This has often been predicted as the end of such neurological diseases as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. The ethical new technique mimics the brain’s own natural process of changing stem cells into neurons. For the moment, the research has been confined to mice, but the researchers are hopeful that their work can soon be transferred to human patients. Bjorn Scheffler, a neuroscientist at Florida...
  • Scientists make discovery in Alzheimer's

    08/11/2006 9:51:04 AM PDT · by neverdem · 52 replies · 2,428+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | August 10, 2006 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    AP MEDICAL WRITER WASHINGTON -- Scientists have discovered molecular janitors that clear away a sticky gunk blamed for Alzheimer's disease - until they get old and quit sweeping up. The finding helps explain why Alzheimer's is a disease of aging. More importantly, it suggests a new weapon: drugs that give nature's cleanup crews a boost. "It's a whole new way of thinking in the Alzheimer's field," said Dr. Andrew Dillin, a biologist at California's Salk Institute for Biological Studies who led the new research. The discovery, published Thursday by the journal Science, was made in a tiny roundworm called C....
  • Alzheimer's drug may be poison antidote - study (maybe for nerve agents)

    08/07/2006 7:33:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 462+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 7, 2006 | Maggie Fox
    Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - 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, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. 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 organophospate pesticides such as paraoxon. "To...
  • Blood Product Shows Promise in Treating Alzheimer’s

    07/19/2006 11:03:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 516+ views
    The Perfidious NY Times ^ | July 19, 2006 | DENISE GRADY
    A blood product normally used to treat immune disorders and a type of leukemia may also slow or stop mental decline in people with Alzheimer’s disease, researchers reported yesterday at an Alzheimer’s conference in Madrid. The product is called IVIg (pronounced EYE-vig), for intravenous immunoglobulin, also known as gamma globulin. Made from pooled blood plasma, it is a thick soup of antibodies, the proteins made by the immune system to get rid of unwanted substances. It has been used for 30 years for other diseases and is dripped into a vein like a transfusion. But the findings in Alzheimer’s are...
  • Studies Link Diabetes to Risk of Alzheimer’s

    07/16/2006 7:03:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 52 replies · 1,040+ views
    NY Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | July 16, 2006 | DENISE GRADY
    Several new studies suggest that diabetes increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, adding to a store of evidence that links the disorders. The studies involve only Type 2 diabetes, the most common type, which is usually related to obesity. The connection raises an ominous prospect: that increases in diabetes, a major concern in the United States and worldwide, may worsen the rising toll from Alzheimer’s. The findings also add dementia to the cloud of threats that already hang over people with diabetes, including heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, blindness and amputations. But some of the studies also hint that measures...
  • New Clues to Down Syndrome-Alzheimer's Link

    07/07/2006 11:55:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 920+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 6 July 2006 | Greg Miller
    Alzheimer's disease, a dreaded specter for many elderly, is far more likely to strike individuals with Down syndrome. Now, a study with a mouse model of Down syndrome may explain why. The work hints at potential targets for future drugs that fend off dementia--in people with Down syndrome and in the general population too. Down syndrome is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21. It affects roughly 1 in 800 people, causing mild to moderate mental retardation and a range of other health problems, including early-onset dementia. By age 40, the brains of all people with Down syndrome develop...
  • Clues to the mind robber (Alzheimer’s)

    06/19/2006 6:04:08 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 3,020+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 19, 2006 | Emily Sohn
    An arthritis drug shows promise in a small, experimental study targeting a root cause of Alzheimer's -- inflammation in the brain. WALTER Skotchdopole worked for 20 years as a police officer and 20 years in the film industry before succumbing to the relentless decline of Alzheimer's disease. In his prime, he joked with everyone he met. By his early 70s, he had become a shell of his former self. "He's there, but he's not," says his son James Skotchdopole. "There's no real interaction, no real stake in life." Walter Skotchdopole had tried several drugs, with no noticeable improvement. But when...
  • Physical performance linked to future mental ability

    05/23/2006 3:38:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 623+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | May 23, 2006 | SUSAN PHINNEY
    P-I REPORTER Determining your chances of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease could be as simple as timing your walk, testing the strength of the grip of your dominant hand and checking your balance when standing still. That's what a Seattle-based research team determined during a six-year study of 2,288 people 65 and older. Dr. Eric Larson, director of Group Health's Center for Health Studies, said the study started in 1994 and is ongoing, but the analysis of the first six years was published in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine. When the study began, none of the participants showed signs of...
  • Sticky Brains Don't Dull Memories

    04/30/2006 1:10:19 AM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 518+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 24 April 2006 | Katherine Unger
    Plaque on the brain doesn't sound good, but the condition may not be as crippling as once thought. Mice with the gummy deposits-- usually a symptom of Alzheimer's disease--can still have normal memories, according to a new study. The findings suggest a novel target for Alzheimer's drugs and a new way of understanding how the disease ravages the brain, say the researchers. Alzheimer's is thought to be caused in part by sticky build up of a toxic peptide called â amyloid, produced when the amyloid precursor protein (APP) is cut in two. Recent research, however, has shown that early signs...
  • Death of Alzheimer victim linked to aluminium pollution Brain autopsy of pollution victim...

    04/22/2006 10:43:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,979+ views ^ | 21 April 2006 | Michael Hopkin
    Close window Published online: 21 April 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060417-10 Death of Alzheimer victim linked to aluminium pollutionBrain autopsy of pollution victim rekindles contaminant fears.Michael Hopkin Aluminum can accumulate in the twists of deformed proteins that characterize Alzheimer's disease.© SPL Fears of a link between aluminium and Alzheimer's disease have been reignited by the case of a British woman who died of the illness 16 years after an industrial accident polluted her local drinking water. An autopsy on Carole Cross's brain showed that she was suffering from a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's when she died in May 2004, and...
  • Study of Alzheimer's Drug Revives Questions on Risk

    03/20/2006 4:35:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 262+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 17, 2006 | GARDINER HARRIS
    An unusual number of deaths among patients in a large study of Aricept, the most popular drug to treat Alzheimer's disease, is raising concern among federal drug officials and some disease experts. In the study, of 974 patients who suffered from dementia related to heart disease, 11 deaths occurred among the patients taking Aricept, while no deaths occurred among those taking dummy pills. The Food and Drug Administration is examining the results of the study, said Susan Bro, an agency spokeswoman. The agency undertook a quick review of earlier Aricept studies and found no cause for concern, Ms. Bro said....
  • Largest-ever Alzheimer's drug trial begins

    03/12/2006 2:19:24 AM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies · 462+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | March 12, 2006 | PAUL ELIAS
    AP Biotechnology Writer SAN FRANCISCO — It's tragedy enough that Pat Williams' mother has Alzheimer's disease. But Williams is also terrified because her chances of inheriting the disease are much better than average. So Williams eagerly enrolled her 90-year-old mother last year in a massive, 1,600-patient, 18-month clinical trial testing an experimental drug made by the biotechnology company Myriad Genetics Inc. The drug, called Flurizan, slowed the mind-robbing disease in some of the 128 patients with mild Alzheimer's participating in a smaller test. Based on those results, the company has gambled millions of research dollars on the largest-ever Alzheimer's drug...
  • Marrow stem cells defeat Alzheimers

    02/18/2006 3:32:17 PM PST · by Coleus · 43 replies · 1,168+ views
    UPI ^ | 02.17.06
    MONTREAL, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Canadian researchers said Friday they have uncovered a natural defense mechanism to Alzheimer's disease. Not surprisingly, it involves stem cells -- those derived from bone marrow. In Alzheimer's patients, plaque forms in the brain, but the brain's resident immune cells, called microglia, can't fight off the substance. The plaque can then kill off the brain's neurons, or nerve cells. However, microglia harvested from bone marrow stem cells do appear capable of defeating the plague, said researchers from the Faculty of Medicine at Université Laval and the research centre at Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, Canada....
  • Study: Older drugs may put elderly at risk

    12/02/2005 1:26:24 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 604+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | December 1, 2005 | STEPHANIE NANO
    ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK -- Older anti-psychotic drugs are no safer and might even be worse for the elderly than newer ones that the government warned about earlier this year - both raise the risk of death, a study suggests. The Food and Drug Administration asked drug makers in April to add warnings to the labels of newer anti-psychotics because studies showed the drugs nearly doubled the risk of death for older patients with dementia. These drugs are widely used to treat the aggressive behavior, delusions and hallucinations sometimes experienced by those with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at Harvard's...
  • The Pablo Picasso Alzheimer's Therapy

    10/30/2005 10:03:14 AM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies · 869+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 30, 2005 | RANDY KENNEDY
    SITTING the other day in front of Picasso's rapturous "Girl Before a Mirror" at the Museum of Modern Art, Rueben Rosen wore the dyspeptic look of a man with little love for modern art. But the reason he gave for disliking the painting was not one you might expect to hear from an 88-year-old former real estate broker. "It's like he's trying to tell a story using words that don't exist," Mr. Rosen said finally of Picasso, fixing the painter's work with a critic's stare. "He knows what he means, but we don't."This chasm of understanding is one that Mr....
  • Charlton Heston ‘Missed,' Not Forgotten

    10/11/2005 4:49:36 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 81 replies · 2,809+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/11/05 | NewsMax
    On Oct. 4, screen legend and former president of the National Rifle Association Charlton Heston turned 82 years old. He still lives at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. - 90210 - with his wife of over 50 years, Lydia Clarke Heston. Tony Makris of Alexandria, Virginia's Mercury Group public relations firm, a longtime friend who handles NRA public relations, tells NewsMax that he had dinner with Heston and family just last Sunday. The famous actor, Makris said, is in the midst of a "quiet retirement." In 2002, Heston was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. His last major public appearance was...
  • Vitamin E Fails to Stop Progress of Alzheimer's

    04/21/2005 7:27:11 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 750+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 19, 2005 | NICHOLAS BAKALAR
    Despite widespread belief in its usefulness, vitamin E supplements are no more effective than sugar pills for delaying the onset of Alzheimer's disease in people with mild memory changes, a study published this week in The New England Journal of Medicine suggests. The research also suggests that for certain patients the drug Aricept, previously shown to moderate the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease after it is diagnosed, may also work to delay its onset. The researchers studied 769 patients with mild cognitive impairment, or M.C.I., the mental deterioration that is often the precursor of full-blown Alzheimer's. Patients were randomly assigned to...
  • In Preliminary Study, Team Finds IVIg Therapy May Improve Cognitive Function in Alzheimer's Patients

    04/12/2005 4:22:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 936+ views
    Weill Medical College of Cornell University ^ | April 11, 2005 | Jonathan Weil
    In Preliminary Study, NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Team Finds IVIg Therapy May Improve Cognitive Function in Alzheimer's Patients (This original title is too long for FR.) Delivered Antibodies Bind to Disease-Causing Amyloid Proteins NEW YORK (April 11, 2005) — In what could prove to be an important development in the search for a treatment of Alzheimer's disease, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center physician-scientists say the results of an initial (Phase I) clinical study provide encouraging evidence that antibodies derived from human plasma can capture the beta-amyloid protein in blood and exert positive effects on patients' thinking abilities. Beta-amyloid is a central component...
  • Are You Taking the Best Type of Vitamin E? Gamma Tocopherol may be the better Isomer

    03/02/2005 10:08:19 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 432+ views
    AJCN ^ | February 2005
      Receiving the best form of vitamin E is critical in obtaining the health benefits of this essential vitamin. One recent study showed that gamma-tocopherol, (which is the form that is highest in food) may actually be superior to alpha-tocopherol (the type that is found in most supplements) in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers speculate this may explain the absence of vitamin E protection against Alzheimer's reported in some previous studies with the use of vitamin E supplements. Most of the previous studies have used vitamin E supplements that only contained alpha-tocopherol. To reach this conclusion, researchers examined whether...
  • Confused issues? Stem cell research could soon give us a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, right? Wrong

    01/23/2005 5:22:00 PM PST · by Coleus · 13 replies · 852+ views
    Times Online ^ | 01.22.05
    Confused issues Stem cell research could soon give us a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, right? Wrong, says The Times science correspondent Ask most people why scientists are so keen to experiment with stem cells and it will not be long before they mention Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia patients might be elderly but they have become the poster kids for this new and controversial branch of medical technology. When Chinese researchers claimed this week to have grown human brain cells in culture for the first time, many reports hailed the work as an important step towards a cure for Alzheimer’s. The...
  • Curry Ingredient, curcumin, may help Treat Alzheimer's Disease

    01/15/2005 6:21:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 1 replies · 735+ views
    Curry Ingredient, curcumin, may help  Treat Alzheimer's   Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that occurs gradually over time and results in memory loss, unusual behavior, personality changes and a decline in thinking abilities. It affects more than 4 million Americans and many millions across the globe. However, the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease among adults ages 70 to 79 in India is more than four times less than the rate in the United States. Why such a significant difference? Some researchers believe the answer for this drastic disparity in Alzheimer's patients found in India is a direct...
  • PETA using Reagan image to promote itself

    11/18/2004 6:59:47 AM PST · by Slyfox · 20 replies · 650+ views
    Meat Increases the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease “Extensive evidence points to the rich Western diet as the fundamental cause of Alzheimer’s disease: … Worldwide, the incidence of AD [Alzheimer’s disease] is more common among people who follow meat- and dairy-centered diets, than among those people who eat a more plant-based diet.” —Dr. John McDougall, McDougall Wellness Center Indeed, a flood of research shows that the toxins in meat, including chicken and fish, increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, while the antioxidants in vegetables help prevent this deadly disease. Click here to learn more. In the wake of former President...
  • Alzheimer's Steals More Than Memory

    11/02/2004 10:42:07 AM PST · by neverdem · 53 replies · 741+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 2, 2004 | DENISE GRADY
    It happened without warning, early one day last summer as they prepared to go out. Gloria Rapport's husband raised his arm to her, fist poised. "He was very close to striking me," she said. What had provoked him? "Nothing," she said. "I asked him to get in the car." Mrs. Rapport's husband, Richard, 71, has Alzheimer's disease. His forgetfulness and confusion began about nine years ago, not long after they married. More recently, emotional troubles have loomed. Anxiety came first: he suddenly feared being left alone in the house. Outbursts of anger followed. The man she had always known to...
  • A Tale of Politics: PET Scans' Change in Medicare Coverage

    10/14/2004 11:35:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 378+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 14, 2004 | Rick Weiss
    The first call Sheldon Goldberg got on his first day as president of the Alzheimer's Association was not from a patient or a doctor but from Michael D. Bromberg, chairman of the Capitol Health Group, a well-connected Washington lobbying firm. "He said he had a problem," Goldberg recalled, "and the problem was the position of the Alzheimer's Association." Bromberg represented an industry that stood to make millions if PET scans -- already used to help diagnose some cancers -- were to be reimbursed by Medicare as a test for Alzheimer's. Medicare officials had already said no, citing inadequate evidence that...
  • Change Urged for Nursing-Home Voters (Voting by those with dementia)

    09/18/2004 2:18:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 396+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 15, 2004 | DENISE GRADY
    Election officials should supervise voting in nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities and give brief mental tests to residents with dementia to determine whether they are competent to vote, a panel of experts in law and medicine is recommending. The experts are also urging changes in voting laws involving mental competence, which vary by state, to conform to a 2001 court decision that helped define a person's "capacity to vote." Voting by people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia is "an emerging policy problem," the experts warn, in an article being published today in the Journal of the...
  • Change Urged for Nursing-Home Voters

    09/17/2004 6:12:48 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 542+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 15, 2004 | DENISE GRADY
    Election officials should supervise voting in nursing homes and other long-term-care facilities and give brief mental tests to residents with dementia to determine whether they are competent to vote, a panel of experts in law and medicine is recommending. The experts are also urging changes in voting laws involving mental competence, which vary by state, to conform to a 2001 court decision that helped define a person's "capacity to vote." Voting by people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia is "an emerging policy problem," the experts warn, in an article being published today in the Journal of the...
  • Researchers Create an Artificial Prion (Mad Cow, deer and elk Chronic Wasting Disease, ALERT)

    07/29/2004 6:07:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 880+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 29, 2004 | SANDRA BLAKESLEE
    Scientists are reporting that, for the first time, they have made an artificial prion, or misfolded protein, that can, by itself, produce a deadly infectious disease in mice and may help explain the roots of mad cow disease. The findings, being reported on Friday in the journal Science, are strong evidence for the so-called "protein only hypothesis," the controversial idea that a protein, acting alone without the help of DNA or RNA, can cause certain kinds of infectious diseases. The concept was introduced in 1982 by Dr. Stanley Prusiner, a neurology professor at the University of California in San Francisco,...
  • 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...
  • Rem'ber haldi, forget Alzheimer's

    06/08/2004 6:27:21 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 35 replies · 449+ views
    The Times of India ^ | TUESDAY, JUNE 08, 2004 08:54:39 PM | CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA
    WASHINGTON : Too bad Ronald Reagan never developed a taste for curry. It might have saved him from Alzheimer's disease. As the former President's death focuses attention on the degenerative brain condition that devastates memory, recent studies have shown that diets rich in curcumin, a compound found in the common Indian curry spice turmeric ( haldi ) can help prevent Alzheimer's. In fact, American researchers reckon the high incidence of turmeric use is one reason why the disease is rare in India . Studies have noted that the elderly living in Indian villages appear to have the lowest incidence of...
  • A Glimmer of Hope for Fading Minds

    04/13/2004 8:50:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 205+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 13, 2004 | GINA KOLATA
    Alzheimer's disease can seem unrelentingly grim. There is no cure, no known way to prevent the illness, and the benefits of current treatments are modest at best. But in laboratories around the country, scientists are uncovering clues that may eventually — perhaps even in the next two decades — allow them to prevent, slow or even reverse the ruthless progression of the illness. "Things are more hopeful than perhaps people think," Dr. Karen Duff of the Nathan Kline Institute of New York University said. "We are on the cusp of having something really useful." That hope comes on the heels...
  • Nominal Benefits Seen in Drugs for Alzheimer's

    04/07/2004 10:08:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 554+ views
    NY TIMES ^ | April 7, 2004 | DENISE GRADY
    The drugs now available to treat the memory and thinking problems of Alzheimer's disease have not lived up to the public's high expectations for them and offer such modest benefits on average that many doctors are unsure about whether to prescribe them. Although the drugs have their advocates, grateful for any sign of improvement, others express disappointment in light of earlier hopes that the drugs approved in the last decade would stop the disease or markedly slow it. At a meeting in late March at Johns Hopkins University, doctors and other health professionals heard Alzheimer's researchers debate the usefulness of...
  • Researchers say red wine reduces risk of Alzheimer's Disease - Beer doubles risk

    11/12/2002 10:20:34 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 60 replies · 754+ views
    The red wine reduced the risks of insanity, the beer increases these risks Tuesday November 12, 2002 - 16h39 GMT WASHINGTON, Nov. 12 (AFP) - To regularly drink red wine reduced of more than half the risks of insanity while the beer has the opposite effect, doubling the probabilities of being touched in particular by the disease of Alzheimer, according to a study carried out in Denmark and published Tuesday in the United States. "These results are interesting because they could mean that certain substances of the wine reduce the supervening of the insanity", the author of the study...
  • DRUDGE: Nancy Reagan Works to Reverse Bush Stem Cell Policy

    09/28/2002 3:32:49 PM PDT · by editto · 200 replies · 1,388+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Saturday, September 28, 2002 | MATT DRUDGE
    XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX SAT SEPT 28 2002 14:02:38 ET XXXXX NANCY REAGAN WORKS TO REVERSE BUSH STEM CELL POLICY "A lot of time is being wasted. A lot of people who could be helped are not being helped." The words of former first lady Nancy Reagan on the issue of Bush's policy of limited stem cell research. MORE Reagan's secret campaign to reverse the Bush decision on the matter is outlined publicly for the first time in Sunday runs of the NEW YORK TIMES, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. Mrs. Reagan believes that embryonic stem cell research could uncover...