Tag: Alzheimer’s disease

Delaying Alzheimer’s disease onset with a protein derived from corn

May 5, 2022

Scientists at the University of Kansas (KU) have engineered an antigen using a protein from corn to combat the toxic buildup of proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer’s). This antigen could feasibly be used in potential immunisation approaches for Alzheimer’s – the antigen has been shown to induce an immune response and improve memory in […]

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Iron build-up in the brain linked to age-related cognitive decline

February 3, 2022

The accumulation or iron in the brains of aging organisms is said to contribute to neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease. According to researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Northwestern), treatment with drugs called iron chelators could combat neurodegenerative diseases and restore normal iron metabolism in those experiencing high iron levels. In a study […]

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Different risks of overactive bladder with different dementia medications

January 10, 2022

Some drugs taken to ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia has been found to instead cause increased risk of overactive bladder (OAB) in patients. The class of drugs known as cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEI), are said to increase communication between nerve cells to enhance cognition and include donepezil, galantamine and rivastigmine, according to researchers […]

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Certain personality traits linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

October 13, 2021

Two distinct personality traits predict the accumulation of pathology associated with dementia, say researchers from the Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine, US: neuroticism, which measures a predisposition for negative emotions; and conscientiousness, which measures the tendency to be careful, organised, goal-directed and responsible. The research combined data from 3,000 participants from the Baltimore […]

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Concerns arise over possible link between COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s disease

September 9, 2021

Experts warn that COVID-19 could have a “long-term impact” on the nervous system of patients, manifesting in a higher incidence of Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer’s) especially among the younger age groups. Although there are no molecular traces of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the brain, the nervous system symptoms of the virus are nonetheless […]

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Brain metabolism cause of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease

July 27, 2021

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), the most common type of dementia, causes the death of neurons and leads to shrinking of the brain. Patients with AD will eventually experience gradual deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities. Yet, scientists do not fully understand what causes this disease. A recent research, conducted by […]

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Poor sleep can accelerate progression of Alzheimer’s

December 21, 2020

Disrupted sleep can accelerate the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, say scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM). The scientists have identified a brain protein regulated by the natural sleep cycle, or circadian rhythm that accelerates the accumulation of toxic amyloid plaques associated with the inflammatory disease. The brain protein in question is called […]

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Detecting Alzheimer’s disease through blood test shows real potential

December 3, 2020

A new blood test is able to check if those with mild memory loss are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD) later on.  AD is notoriously difficult to diagnose until much too late, so scientists at Sweden’s Lund University looked at ways to pick up the disease during its early stages, before it develops […]

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Gum disease associated with diabetes and other serious inflammatory conditions

October 23, 2020

In a robust study led by researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, severe periodontitis, or gum disease, is found to exacerbate conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers, heightened production of a type of immune cell in people with periodontitis can initiate a much […]

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