Specific multinutrient combination benefits patients with early stage Alzheimer’s disease

A new longitudinal study has shown that a nutritional drink designated a “food for special medical purposes” containing the multinutrient combination Fortasyn Connect can benefit patients with the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), mild cognitive impairment, who are at risk of progressing to the dementia stage of AD, report scientists in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease Reports. The purpose […]

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Ragweed compounds could protect nerve cells from Alzheimer’s

As spring arrives in the northern hemisphere, many people are cursing ragweed, a primary culprit in seasonal allergies. But scientists might have discovered a promising new use for some substances produced by the pesky weed. In ACS’ Journal of Natural Products, researchers have identified and characterized ragweed compounds that could help nerve cells survive in the presence of Alzheimer’s disease […]

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Alzheimer’s disease is a ‘double-prion disorder’: Self-propagating amyloid and tau prions found in post-mortem brain samples, with highest levels in patients who died young

Two proteins central to the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease act as prions — misshapen proteins that spread through tissue like an infection by forcing normal proteins to adopt the same misfolded shape — according to new UC San Francisco research. Using novel laboratory tests, the researchers were able to detect and measure specific, self-propagating prion forms of the proteins amyloid […]

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Low scam awareness in old age may be an early sign of impending cognitive decline and dementia

Low scam awareness in older people is associated with risk for developing Alzheimer dementia or mild cognitive impairment in the future. These findings suggest that changes in social judgment occur before changes in thinking or memory are recognizable. Findings from a prospective cohort study are published in Annals of Internal Medicine. Identifying predictors of dementia and mild cognitive impairment is […]

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CBT can provide better long-term relief for IBS symptoms

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder affecting 10 — 20 per cent of people. Abdominal pain, bloating and altered bowel habit significantly affect patients’ quality of life and can force them to take days off work. New research has shown that Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) tailored specifically for IBS and delivered over the telephone or through an […]

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Alzheimer’s disease could be treated by zapping patients’ brains

Alzheimer’s disease could be treated by zapping the brains of older people with electricity for just 25 minutes as study proves it can boost the memory of over-60s It takes only a weak electrical current to restore thinking powers, experts say The tiny pulses of electricity are thought to synchronise their brainwaves  Older people zapped performed as well as those […]

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Eyes reveal early Alzheimer’s disease

Reduced blood capillaries in the back of the eye may be a new, noninvasive way to diagnose early cognitive impairment, the precursor to Alzheimer’s disease in which individuals become forgetful, reports a newly published Northwestern Medicine study. Scientists detected these vascular changes in the human eye non-invasively, with an infrared camera and without the need for dyes or expensive MRI […]

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Study finds test of protein levels in the eye a potential predictor of (future) Alzheimer’s disease

Low levels of amyloid-β and tau proteins, biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), in eye fluid were significantly associated with low cognitive scores, according to a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Led by researchers at Boston Medical Center, the study is the first to connect these known AD protein biomarkers in the eye to mental status. These […]

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Eye exam could soon detect Alzheimer's, new study suggests

Eye exam could soon detect Alzheimer’s, new study suggests Researchers with the Duke Eye Center found differences in the blood vessel densities in the retinas of participants with Alzheimer’s and those without the disease, according to new study. Undergoing a yearly eye test could have more benefits than just updating your eyeglasses prescription, a new study has found. In a study […]

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