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Modifiable dementia risk factor in older adults identified

For older adults, it may seem as though the die is already cast regarding their odds of developing dementia, but new research from the University of Pittsburgh has identified a dementia risk factor among older adults that should be modifiable even well into old age. The study, which draws on data collected from following hundreds […]

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Early sleep loss accelerates Alzheimer’s pathology in mice

Lack of sleep during adolescence and early adulthood accelerates Alzheimer’s disease (AD)-related tau pathology, finds a study of male and female mice published in JNeurosci. These results support the importance of establishing healthy sleep habits in early adult life to help stave off progression of neurodegenerative diseases. Using a mouse model of tauopathy, Sigrid Veasey […]

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Time to rethink how we diagnose Alzheimer’s disease

With all the focus on Alzheimer disease in recent years as a result of the aging population, what have we learned? A symposium at The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting in San Diego, October 3-6, will not only review conflicting evidence regarding the best way to diagnose the disease, but also the latest […]

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Challenge continues in developing effective drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

The results of a large-scale international study involving the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, which was led and coordinated by researchers at Trinity College Dublin, have just been published this week in a major medical journal, PLOS Medicine. Alzheimer’s disease, the commonest form of dementia, currently affects approximately 34 million people worldwide, with 10.5 million people […]

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US Alzheimer’s cases to nearly triple by 2060

(HealthDay)—By 2060, almost 14 million Americans will suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, a number that’s nearly three times as high as today, a new report projects. “This study shows that as the U.S. population increases, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will rise, especially among minority populations,” said Dr. Robert Redfield, […]

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Dementia symptoms peak in winter and spring, study finds

Adults both with and without Alzheimer’s disease have better cognition skills in the late summer and early fall than in the winter and spring, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Andrew Lim of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto, Canada, and colleagues. There have been few […]

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New mechanism for how ALS disease evolves

A mechanism for how the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, evolves has been discovered at Umeå University, Sweden. The discovery concerns how proteins with a defect structure spread the deformation to other proteins, according to results in a new thesis. The discovery can open up for novel pharmaceutical developments in the future. “We’ve been […]