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February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

A Surprising New Role for ApoE Offers Explanation for Its Diverse Range of Effects, Particularly in Alzheimer's

Jan. 28, 2016 — Apolipoprotein E enters the nucleus and binds to promoter region of 1700 genes, report scientists. Seventy-five million Americans are ApoE4 carriers, putting them at increased risk for ... read more

Cognitive Training Effects Differ by Older Adult's Education Level

Jan. 28, 2016 — The first study to investigate the effects of cognitive training on the cognitive functioning of older adults by education level has found that individuals with fewer than 12 years of schooling ... read more

Growth Factor in Brain Tied to Slower Mental Decline

Jan. 28, 2016 — Older people with higher amounts of a key protein in their brains also had slower decline in their memory and thinking abilities than people with lower amounts of protein from the gene called ... read more

Gene Study Points Towards Therapies for Common Brain Disorders

Jan. 28, 2016 — Scientists have pinpointed the cells that are likely to trigger common brain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, Multiple Sclerosis and intellectual disabilities. The findings offer a ... read more

Diabetes, Heart Disease, Smoking Increase Risk of Death for Older Adults With Dementia

Jan. 27, 2016 — Older adults with dementia and diabetes have a significantly higher risk for death than do people with just dementia, research shows. People with dementia who smoked tobacco were also at a much ... read more

Inflammatory Changes in the Brain Twenty Years Before Alzheimer Onset

Jan. 27, 2016 — Roughly twenty years before the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear, inflammatory changes in the brain can be seen, according to a new study. The findings of the researchers, who monitored ... read more

Master Switch That Plays a Key Role in Energy Metabolism, Human Brain Evolution

Jan. 26, 2016 — The global gene regulator GABPa has been explored in recent study to better understand its influence as a master switch. This work honed in on human specific DNA regions potentially contributing to ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — Up to now Alzheimer’s disease has not been recognized as transmissible. Now researchers have demonstrated Alzheimer-type pathology in brains of recipients of dura mater grafts who died later from ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — The protein ?-synuclein plays an important role in Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases. Although a considerable amount is known about the structure of the protein within the ... read more

Health and Thinking Skills Linked to Same Genes, Study Shows

Jan. 26, 2016 — Genes that influence people's health also shape how effectively they think, a study shows. Scientists found that genes associated with diseases including Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — A new study shows how a crucial molecular enzyme starts in a tucked-in somersault position and flips out when it encounters the right ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Researchers have begun to explore in earnest the concept of "mixed vascular dementia," but until recently there was no reliable animal model. When one expert discovered that a special diet ... read more

Toward More Predictive Genetic Mouse Models of Alzheimer's Disease

Jan. 25, 2016 — Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease that leads to cognitive decline, dementia and ultimately death, mostly in the elderly. It’s already a huge health burden, and it’s getting ... read more

Key Mechanism Has Been Discovered Which Prevents Memory Loss in Alzheimer's Disease

Jan. 25, 2016 — Neurons communicate with one another by synaptic connections, where information is exchanged from one neuron to its neighbor. These connections are not static, but are continuously modulated in ... read more

Estrogen Supplements May Protect Against Dementia

Jan. 22, 2016 — Women who take estrogen supplements from before or at the start of menopause and continue with them for a few years have better preserved brain structure, which may reduce the risk of ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — Xavier has big brown eyes and freckles to match. He is a take-charge kid with sandy blonde hair and boundless energy. Xavier is also on the autism spectrum, diagnosed when he was 3½. Today, Xavier ... read more

Chronic Stress, Anxiety Can Damage the Brain, Increase Risk of Major Psychiatric Disorders

Jan. 21, 2016 — People need to find ways to reduce chronic stress and anxiety in their lives or they may be at increased risk for developing depression and even dementia, a new scientific review paper ... read more

Jan. 20, 2016 — Correctly diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease remains a challenge for medical professionals. Now, a new study reveals a new clue to possible ... read more

Engineered Neural Networks Show Hope for Axonal Repair With Minimal Disruption to Brain Tissue

Jan. 20, 2016 — Lab-grown neural networks have the ability to replace lost axonal tracks in the brains of patients with severe head injuries, strokes or neurodegenerative diseases and can be safely delivered with ... read more

Exercise for People With Dementia Improves Balance and Reduces Dependence

Jan. 20, 2016 — Regular exercise improves balance for people with dementia and reduces dependence on assistance. This according to new research on healthcare for people suffering from ... read more

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