Alzheimer's disease

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In our daily lives, things can at times get quite complicated. It just happens that way. Time is in such short supply and just when you may think that you have it figured out, the game of life gets changed again. So many of us work long hours, and we try so hard to also apply personal and family obligations to our daily schedule. Sometimes it works and sometimes it may fall short. We try to make a difference in the life of a patient, but we cannot fall short on those patients that may be family members.More »

On February 8, 2012, Science magazine published research showing that bexarotene (Targretin®), a drug approved for use in the US by the FDA for the very specific purpose of treating cutaneous T-cell lymphoma [CTCL] that can not be treated successfully with at least one other medication, that it can reduce brain amyloidal beta protein fragments in mice breed for Alzheimer's disease, increasing social skills and the sense of smell. »

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Salk Institute scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer's disease.More »


Aging researchers are studying the connection between cholesterol level and cognitive decline in old age. Carriers of the ApoE4 genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's may be able to reduce their increased risk of cognitive decline by reducing their cholesterol level, especially if they also suffer from cardiovascular disease, they say.More »


A novel therapeutic approach for an existing drug reverses a condition in elderly patients who are at high risk for dementia due to Alzheimer's disease, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found.More »


Taking B vitamins doesn't slow mental decline as we age, nor is it likely to prevent Alzheimer's disease, conclude Oxford University researchers who have assembled all the best clinical trial data involving 22,000 people to offer a final answer on this debate.More »


A study of older adults at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease shows that moderate physical activity may protect brain health and stave off shrinkage of the hippocampus- the brain region responsible for memory and spatial orientation that is attacked first in Alzheimer's disease. The findings are published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.More »


Researchers have discovered and validated a blood test that can predict with greater than 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer's disease within three years.More »


A Johns Hopkins-led analysis of data previously gathered on more than 3,000 elderly Americans strongly suggests that taking certain blood pressure medications to control blood pressure may reduce the risk of dementia due to Alzheimer's disease (AD).More »


Alzheimer's disease affects more than 26 million people worldwide. It is predicted to skyrocket as boomers age -- nearly 106 million people are projected to have the disease by 2050. Fortunately, scientists are making progress towards therapies. A collaboration among several research entities, including the Salk Institute and the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, has defined a key mechanism behind the disease's progress, giving hope that a newly modified Alzheimer's drug will be effective.More »

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