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February 27, 2017

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February 27, 2017

Alzheimer's Drug Prescribed Off-Label Could Pose Risk for Some

Feb. 25, 2017 — Donepezil, a medication that is approved to treat people with Alzheimer's disease, should not be prescribed for people with mild cognitive impairment without a genetic test. Researchers ... read more

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Detected With Brain Training Game

Feb. 24, 2017 — Researchers demonstrated the potential of a self-administered virtual supermarket cognitive training game for remotely detecting mild cognitive impairment (MCI), without the need for an examiner, ... read more

Direct-to-Consumer Genomics: Harmful or Empowering?

Feb. 23, 2017 — In a new study, a research explores questions that stem from new advances in direct-to-consumer DNA tests, which have the effect of separating the physician-patient relationship from access to new ... read more

A New Way to Inhibit Inflammation

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers have identified an enzyme as a kind of biological gauge regulating inflammation in the human body. Now a research team says the enzyme – Bruton’s tyrosine kinase or BTK – is ... read more

Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy Exceeding Ten Years May Protect from Dementia

Feb. 16, 2017 — Postmenopausal estrogen-based hormone therapy lasting longer than ten years was associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease in a large study. The study explored the association ... read more

Protein Key to Autophagy: Findings May Hold the Key to New Disease Therapeutics

Feb. 14, 2017 — The 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded the for discoveries of mechanisms of autophagy, a cellular process much like recycling, where new cellular components are generated from old ... read more

New Understandings of Cell Death Show Promise for Preventing Alzheimer’s

Feb. 14, 2017 — Currently, the predominant theory behind Alzheimer’s disease is the “amyloid hypothesis,” which states that abnormally increased levels of amyloid beta (A?) peptides outside of brain cells ... read more

Imbalance of Calcium in a Cell's Energy Factory May Drive Alzheimer's Disease

Feb. 14, 2017 — Calcium in the mitochondria -- the energy factory of cells -- may be one of the keys to understanding and treating Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Researchers have now identified how an ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — The older we get, the more our brain ages. Cognitive abilities decline and the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease or having a stroke ... read more

Children of Patients With C9orf72 Mutations Are at a Greater Risk of Frontotemporal Dementia or ALS at a Younger Age

Feb. 14, 2017 — The most common genetic cause of the brain diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a mutation in the C9orf72 gene. Researchers have demonstrated that if an ... read more

New Discovery Could Be a Major Advance for Neurological Diseases

Feb. 13, 2017 — The discovery of a new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other to regulate our learning and long-term memory could have major benefits to understanding ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — New research identifies a role for neuronal protein interaction in preventing frontotemporal lobar degeneration, a dementia that starts in middle ... read more

Feb. 13, 2017 — The loss of motor function and mental acuity associated with Huntington's disease might be treatable by restoring a cellular quality control process, which researchers have identified as a key ... read more

Caregivers Should Be Screened Early, Often to Prevent Depression, Anxiety

Feb. 10, 2017 — Currently, more than 34 million people in the U.S. care for terminally ill love ones, but few resources are available to help them navigate the challenges they encounter. A study has found that ... read more

Alzheimer's May Be Linked to Defective Brain Cells Spreading Disease

Feb. 10, 2017 — Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's may be linked to defective brain cells disposing toxic proteins that make neighboring cells sick, say researchers. These findings ... read more

Gut Bacteria May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease

Feb. 10, 2017 — New research has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers behind the study, the results open up the door to new ... read more

Feb. 8, 2017 — Disabling a part of brain cells that acts as a tap to regulate the flow of proteins has been shown to cause neurodegeneration, a new study has ... read more

Alzheimer's Disease Researchers Solve Mystery of Beguiling Protein

Feb. 7, 2017 — Leading neuroscientists have clarified the role of a controversial immune system protein in Alzheimer’s disease, showing it has opposing effects in early and late stages of the disease. Their ... read more

New Algorithms May Revolutionize Drug Discoveries, and Our Understanding of Life

Feb. 7, 2017 — A new set of machine learning algorithms that can generate 3-D structures of tiny protein molecules may revolutionize the development of drug therapies for a range of diseases, from Alzheimer's ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — A team of engineers say a compound found in green tea could have lifesaving potential for patients with multiple myeloma and amyloidosis, who face often-fatal medical complications associated with ... read more

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