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2008-06-25 12:03:12

U.S. medical scientists say they have identified a gene that puts people at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease. Philippe Marambaud of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and Fabien Campagne of the Weill Medical College at Cornell University said the calcium channel modulator gene holds promise as a potentially new way to treat or even prevent Alzheimer's disease. They said they found the risk gene called CALHM1 strongly expressed in the hippocampus -- a brain region...

2008-06-24 00:01:08

By Randolph E. Schmid Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Researchers have uncovered a new clue to the cause of Alzheimer's disease. The brains of people with the memory-robbing form of dementia are cluttered with a plaque made up of beta-amyloid, a sticky protein. But there long has been a question whether this is a cause of the disease or a side effect. Also involved are tangles of a protein called tau; some scientists suspect this is the cause. Now, researchers have caused Alzheimer's...

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2008-06-23 15:03:52

Researchers from Harvard Medical School have made what they believe to be a key discovery in the cause of Alzheimer's disease. Their research found that people who suffer from a form of dementia that affects memory have a certain type of plaque in their brains. The plaque is made up of a sticky protein known as beta-amyloid.  Scientists have long questioned whether the presence of this plaque is an underlying cause, or merely a side effect, of the disease. Another protein, known as tau,...

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2008-04-16 11:55:00

Heavy drinkers and heavy smokers develop Alzheimer's disease years earlier than people with Alzheimer's who do not drink or smoke heavily, according to research that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology 60th Anniversary Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 12"“19, 2008."These results are significant because it's possible that if we can reduce or eliminate heavy smoking and drinking, we could substantially delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease for people and reduce the...

2008-03-12 19:31:21

Do you remember the seventh song that played on your radio on the way to work yesterday? Most of us don't, thanks to a normal forgetting process that is constantly "cleaning house" "“ culling inconsequential information from our brains. Researchers at the Buck Institute now believe that this normal memory loss is hyper-activated in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and that this effect is key to the profound memory loss associated with the incurable neurodegenerative disorder. Last year, this...

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2008-03-11 00:05:00

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle reported Monday that a person's risk of Alzheimer's disease jumps dramatically if both parents have the disease. The researchers performed a study with 111 families in which both parents had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and then assessed the risk among the offspring of developing the disease. In total, the parents had 297 children, of whom 98 were at least 70 years old.  The research found that of these 98 children, 41,...

2006-07-18 22:55:10

By Anthony J. Brown, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women destined to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease often show a reduction in body weight many years before symptom onset, new research shows. However, men who develop this neurologic disorder do not show any weight changes. "Ten years before patients developed the expected symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, their weights were subtly dropping -- a finding that has been seen in other studies. Our twist was that this was only...

2006-07-10 19:13:46

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Sampling spinal fluid for a protein that makes up the plaques that clog the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients may help diagnose the mind-wasting disease, researchers said on Monday. As plaques build up in the brain, levels of the protein -- A beta 42 -- are thought to decline elsewhere in the body, including the spinal fluid, according to the study appearing in the Archives of Neurology. Other than giving suspected Alzheimer's patients mental tests, a...

2006-02-05 19:02:36

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Substances in cerebrospinal fluid could be used to diagnose elderly people with early signs of Alzheimer's disease, scientists said on Monday. Confusion and loss of memory can either be early indications of dementia that will progress over time or normal signs of aging. Determining which patients will progress to Alzheimer's disease is difficult. But scientists in Sweden have found that compounds, or biomarkers, in cerebrospinal fluid could be a...

2006-01-18 08:15:40

A locus on chromosome 10 appears to be a hot spot, researchers say The genetic underpinnings of Alzheimer's may just have gotten a little clearer. An international research team led by investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis say they've identified a region of DNA lying on chromosome 10 that's strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease. The finding narrows the search for a gene in that area that causes Alzheimer's. The study appears in the January issue of the...


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