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Studies Link Cold Sore Virus to Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 8 hours ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 24, 2014 – The virus that causes common cold sores – herpes simplex – might increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, two studies by Swedish researchers suggest. In fact, being a carrier of certain antibodies to the virus can double the risk of Alzheimer's disease, the researchers found. "The identification of a treatable cause [herpes simplex] of the most common dementia disorder is a breakthrough," said lead researcher Dr. Hugo Lovheim, an associate professor in the department of community medicine and rehabilitation at Umea University in Sweden. "Whether treatment of herpes infection with antiviral drugs may slow the Alzheimer's progression is not known, but is certainly worth investigating in clinical studies," he said. But others aren't so sure that there's a clear cause and effect relationship between herpes simplex and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Sam Gandy, director ... Read more

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Scientists Inch Closer to Alzheimer's Origins

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 – A laboratory study seems to support the theory that a buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain is the first step in a process that leads to Alzheimer's disease. Researchers also pinpointed the important role of a particular enzyme in this process, and they believe the enzyme could offer a target for new drugs to fight Alzheimer's. The theory that accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques triggered Alzheimer's disease was first suggested in the mid-1980s. "One of the biggest questions since then has been whether beta-amyloid actually triggers the formation of the [fiber-like] tangles that kill neurons," study co-senior author Rudolph Tanzi, director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, explained in a hospital news release. According to the researchers, scientists have been stymied in the past by laboratory cell cultures that ... Read more

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Scientists Inch Closer to Alzheimer's Origins

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 – A laboratory study seems to support the theory that a buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain is the first step in a process that leads to Alzheimer's disease. Researchers also pinpointed the important role of a particular enzyme in this process, and they believe the enzyme could offer a target for new drugs to fight Alzheimer's. The theory that accumulation of beta-amyloid plaques triggered Alzheimer's disease was first suggested in the mid-1980s. "One of the biggest questions since then has been whether beta-amyloid actually triggers the formation of the [fiber-like] tangles that kill neurons," study co-senior author Rudolph Tanzi, director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, explained in a hospital news release. According to the researchers, scientists have been stymied in the past by laboratory cell cultures that ... Read more

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Report Claims Success Treating Alzheimer's Memory Loss

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 – A researcher is reporting success in a small study of reversing memory problems associated with early stage Alzheimer's disease by using a complex program of lifestyle changes, supplements and hormones. Of the first 10 patients treated, nine reported improvements in memory within three to six months, according to Dr. Dale Bredesen, a professor of neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles, who developed the program. The full regimen involves 36 components, and is tailored to the individual, Bredesen said. In general, it involves diet changes such as eliminating simple carbohydrates and processed foods; regular exercise; stress reduction; good sleep habits; supplements like fish oil, curcumin and vitamin D; and, in some cases, hormone therapy. Writing in the September issue of the journal Aging, Bredesen describes the cases of 10 patients undergoing ... Read more

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Jealous, Moody Women May Face Higher Alzheimer's Risk, Study Says

Posted 1 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 – Middle-aged women with a neurotic personality style and prolonged stress may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests. Tracking 800 women over nearly four decades, Swedish scientists found that those who were most anxious, jealous and moody – which they defined as neurotic – and experienced long-standing stress had double the risk of developing Alzheimer's compared to women scoring lowest in these traits. "No other study has shown that [one style of] midlife personality increased the risk of Alzheimer's disease over a period of nearly 40 years," said study author Lena Johansson, a researcher at University of Gothenburg. Outside experts cautioned, however, that the study results don't prove that neuroticism triggers Alzheimer's, but they do suggest an association between the two. The study is published online Oct. 1 in ... Read more

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Emotional Life Lingers for Alzheimer's Patients, Even as Memory Fades

Posted 29 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 – For those visiting a person with advanced Alzheimer's, the moment can be bittersweet – will the patient even remember or care that the loved one was there? Now, a new study suggests that even if people with the mind-robbing illness quickly forget a visit or other event, the emotions tied to the experience may linger. The study included 17 Alzheimer's patients who watched 20-minute clips of either happy or sad movies. Even though their memories of the films quickly faded, the patients' feelings of happiness and sadness associated with the movies lingered for up to 30 minutes, the researchers reported. The study suggests that caregivers can have a significant effect, for good or bad, on the emotional state of Alzheimer's patients. They may not remember a loved one's visit – or being abused or neglected by nursing home staff – but there is a lasting emotional ... Read more

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Not Everyone With Alzheimer's-Linked Protein Develops Dementia: Study

Posted 15 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 – The human brain may have a way to compensate for the build-up of a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. That could help explain why some older people who have beta-amyloid deposits do not develop dementia, California researchers report. "This study provides evidence that there is plasticity or compensation ability in the aging brain that appears to be beneficial, even in the face of beta-amyloid accumulation," said the study's principal investigator, Dr. William Jagust. He's a professor with joint appointments at University of California, Berkeley's Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, the School of Public Health and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The study, published Sept. 14 in Nature Neuroscience, involved 22 healthy young adults and 49 older adults who showed no signs of mental decline. Using brain imaging technology, known as ... Read more

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Anxiety Medications May Be Tied to Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 9 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 – Older adults who habitually use sedatives for anxiety or insomnia may have a heightened risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. The drugs in question are benzodiazepines, a widely prescribed group of sedatives that include lorazepam (Ativan), diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax). Older adults commonly take the drugs for anxiety or insomnia, often long-term, according to background information in the study. That's despite the fact that guidelines call for only short-term use of the drugs, at most. In 2012, the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) put benzodiazepines on its list of drugs considered "potentially inappropriate" for seniors, because of risks like confusion, dizziness and falls. The current study isn't the first to link benzodiazepines to Alzheimer's risk, but it adds to evidence that longer-term use of the drugs – beyond ... Read more

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Researchers Pinpoint Brain Region Where Contextual Memories Are Made

Posted 12 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 – A region of the brain that plays a key role in contextual memories has been pinpointed in rats by researchers. Alzheimer's disease and other brain disorders can affect contextual memory. Contextual memories help you recall your location when an event occurred. This can range from remembering where you were at the time of a significant incident – such as 9/11 or the JFK assassination – to everyday activities such as recalling where you parked your car. It was known that a specific network of brain regions is important for contextual memory, but the importance of different parts of the network was unclear. Dartmouth College researchers conducted experiments with rats and concluded that a brain region called the retrosplenial cortex is crucial to contextual memory, according to the study in the Aug. 12 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. "By providing new ... Read more

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Man's Rare Condition May Open Door to New Alzheimer's Treatments

Posted 11 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 – A man with a rare disease has shown scientists that there might be a different way to try to halt the devastating damage of Alzheimer's disease. A mutation of the apolipoprotein E gene (apoE4) has been shown to raise the chances of developing the memory-robbing condition, and experts have wondered how dangerous it would be to treat the patients by eliminating the protein from the brain. Now, researchers report, the answer might lie in the unusual case of an ill man whose body doesn't produce the protein at all. While the man has a variety of medical problems linked to a rare disease, his lack of the protein doesn't appear to have hurt his brain. That medical fact might mean that lowering levels of the protein in the brain "may provide a wholly new venue for intervention in Alzheimer's disease. Our observations on this patient suggest that this strategy may now ... Read more

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Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Alzheimer's Risk, Study Finds

Posted 6 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 – Older adults with too little vitamin D in their blood may have twice the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease as seniors with sufficient levels of the "sunshine vitamin," a new study finds. The research – based on more than 1,600 adults over age 65 – found the risk for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia increased with the severity of vitamin D deficiency. But the findings aren't enough to recommend seniors take vitamin D supplements to prevent mental decline. "Clinical trials are now urgently needed in this area," said study researcher David Llewellyn, a senior research fellow in clinical epidemiology at the University of Exeter Medical School in England. Another expert agreed. "This shows you there is a link between vitamin D and the development of Alzheimer's," said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer's ... Read more

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Vitamin B No Help for Alzheimer's: Review

Posted 16 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 – Taking B vitamins does not slow age-related mental decline or prevent Alzheimer's disease, a new review says. People with Alzheimer's have high blood levels of a compound called homocysteine, and people with elevated levels of the compound have been shown to be at higher risk for Alzheimer's. It's known that folic acid (vitamin B-9) and vitamin B-12 lower homocysteine levels, so it was believed that taking B vitamins may lower a person's risk of Alzheimer's. However, this review, published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, revealed different results. "It would have been very nice to have found something different," study leader Dr. Robert Clarke, of Oxford University in England, said in a university news release. "Our study draws a line under the debate: B vitamins don't reduce cognitive decline as we age. Taking folic acid and vitamin ... Read more

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Researchers Spot Potential New Culprit Behind Alzheimer's

Posted 16 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 – Although the exact reason why Alzheimer's disease develops still remains elusive, scientists report that they've found a new protein that may play an important role in the devastating memory illness. What they don't yet know is whether or not this new protein – called TDP-43 – is a cause of Alzheimer's disease, or if it's something that develops due to Alzheimer's disease. It's too early to know if this finding could have any effect on the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of Alzheimer's disease. For now, "we really need to understand what this protein is doing and its relationship to other proteins," said the study's lead author Dr. Keith Josephs, a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Scientists studying Alzheimer's disease have long been interested in two types of proteins in the brain known as beta-amyloid and tau. In ... Read more

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Alzheimer's Rate Falling in the United States, Studies Show

Posted 15 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 15, 2014 – The number of new cases of dementia has been declining in recent decades in the United States, Germany and other developed countries, a trio of new studies shows. In one U.S. study, researchers found that compared with the late 1970s, the rate of dementia diagnosis was 44 percent lower in recent years. The sharpest decline was seen among people in their 60s. A second study, which reviewed research from England, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United States, found a similar pattern. The third study, meanwhile, found signs of progress in the space of only a few years: In 2004, older German adults were about one-quarter more likely to be diagnosed with dementia than in 2007. "This is some good news," said Dean Hartley, director of science initiatives for the nonprofit Alzheimer's Association. The three studies are being presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer's ... Read more

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Staying Active May Help Prevent Dementia

Posted 14 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 – Being physically active in middle age appears to help reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, suggest the findings from two new studies. "In our studies, we found that physical exercise at various levels, especially in midlife, is beneficial for cognitive function," Dr. Yonas Geda from the Mayo Clinic, said in an Alzheimer's Association news release. "These are intriguing results, but they are not yet conclusive. More research is needed to determine the extent and nature of physical activity in protecting against MCI [mild cognitive impairment] and dementia," Geda added. One study included 280 seniors who were asked about their physical activity levels over their lifetime. The median age of the study volunteers was 81, which means half were under that age and half were older than 81. All of the study participants had early signs of ... Read more

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