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2008-07-30 12:00:21

* Alzheimer's was first described in 1906 by the German neurologist Alois Alzheimer * According to the Alzheimer's Society the disease affects around 417,000 people in the UK * Sufferers from the disease have been shown to have a shortage of the chemical acetylcholine in their brains * In the course of the disease, 'plaques' and 'tangles' develop in the brain, leading to the death of brain cells * People in the early stages may experience lapses of memory and have problems finding the...

2008-07-30 12:00:21

By JANE KIRBY EXPERTS today hailed a new drug which could prove at least twice as effective in treating Alzheimer's disease as current medicines as a "major development". The drug, rember, slows progression of the disease by as much as 81%, a British-led study found. And it could benefit thousands of sufferers. People taking it for 50 weeks had a slower decline in blood flow to the parts of the brain that are important for memory than those taking a dummy pill. Rember is the first...

2008-07-28 18:00:00

REMOVING the toxic plaque that builds up on the brains of Alzheimer's sufferers fails to slow the disease, researchers found. The results of the five-year study disappointed dementia scientists and mean the long-held consensus that eliminating the plaque is key to defeating the condition may have to be rethought. All Alzheimer's sufferers accumulate a protein called amyloid in their brains which clumps together to form plaques. The research was funded by the Alzheimer's Research Trust. (c)...

2008-07-21 18:00:18

U.S. researchers say measurable molecular indicators, or biomarkers, may predict Alzheimer's disease before symptoms appear. The University of California, Los Angeles, researchers found the amounts of certain proteins change as this brain disease -- marked by memory loss, confusion, mood swings and other problems -- progresses. The researchers looked at Familial Alzheimer's -- a form of the disease marked by certain gene mutations that affects less than 2 percent of Alzheimer's...

2008-07-15 09:00:00

NEW YORK -- Getting a lot of exercise may help slow brain shrinkage in people with early Alzheimer's disease, a preliminary study suggests. Analysis found that participants who were more physically fit had less brain shrinkage than less-fit participants. However, they didn't do significantly better on tests for mental performance. That was a surprise, but maybe the study had too few patients to make an effect show up in the statistical analysis, said Dr. Jeffrey Burns, one of the study's...

2008-07-15 03:00:11

If the incidence of Alzheimer's continues to increase at the current rate more than 81 million people worldwide will be suffering from the disease by 2040. However, according to a recent study, the risk of developing the disease may be significantly reduced by a combination of vitamins E and C and ibuprofen. Feelgoodforlife.com provides additional information on which anti-aging supplements help Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. The current study, as reported by Arkansasmatters.com,...

2008-07-08 09:00:13

Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Co-Founding Scientist of Prana Biotechnology Limited (NASDAQ: PRAN) (ASX: PBT), a biopharmaceutical company focused on the research and development of treatments for neurodegenerative disorders, was invited this past May to testify in front of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging on the Future of Alzheimer's: Breakthroughs and Challenges. The hearing, lead by Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Senator Gordon H. Smith (R-OR), discussed Alzheimer's Disease as a growing...

2008-06-27 00:02:36

This is your brain on Facebook. Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine used concepts borrowed from the popular social networking site to analyze the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease. They found that patients' brains were less well-connected than the brains of people without the disorder. The test, which relies on common brain-imaging techniques, may be the first step toward a new diagnostic tool to differentiate early-stage Alzheimer's disease from other...

2008-06-26 06:00:00

By Delthia Ricks, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Jun. 26--A gene that raises the risk of Alzheimer's disease by at least 45 percent, and possibly higher, has been identified by New York scientists and an international team of gene hunters. The discovery helps add context to what any layperson can see but what scientists have yet to fully explain: Most cases of Alzheimer's occur in people who are 65 and older. Until now, only one gene had been identified as a likely culprit -- ApoE4. Now,...

2008-06-26 00:00:20

A gene that raises the risk of Alzheimer's disease by at least 45 percent, and possibly higher, has been identified by New York scientists and an international team of gene hunters. The discovery helps add context to what any layperson can see but what scientists have yet to fully explain: Most cases of Alzheimer's occur in people who are 65 and older. Until now, only one gene had been identified as a likely culprit _ ApoE4. Now, Philippe Marambaud of the Feinstein Institute for Medical...


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