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Study takes next step toward treatment for Alzheimer's disease

To date, scientists have identified 32 genetic mutations associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, with BYU contributing to many of those discoveries. Finding those links is important foundational research, ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Tracking down the cause of memory loss in Alzheimer's

Memory loss and confusion are signs of Alzheimer's disease. Physicists Serge Rombouts and Martina Huber have developed new methods to help medical science get to the bottom of this insidious disease.

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Tauvid receives approval for tau pathology imaging

(HealthDay)—Tauvid (flortaucipir F18), a radioactive diagnostic agent, was approved to image tau pathology in patients with cognitive impairment being evaluated for Alzheimer disease, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

How toxic protein spreads in Alzheimer's disease

Toxic versions of the protein tau are believed to cause death of neurons of the brain in Alzheimer's disease. A new study published in Nature Communications shows that the spread of toxic tau in the human brain in elderly ...

Neuroscience

New evidence for a blood-based biomarker for Alzheimer's disease

A potential blood-based biomarker for Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases seems even more promising thanks to new research from a Massachusetts General Hospital-led study. According to this team's work, neurofilament ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Exercise improves memory, boosts blood flow to brain

Scientists have collected plenty of evidence linking exercise to brain health, with some research suggesting fitness may even improve memory. But what happens during exercise to trigger these benefits? New UT Southwestern ...

Neuroscience

Study finds that aging neurons accumulate DNA damage

MIT neuroscientists have discovered that an enzyme called HDAC1 is critical for repairing age-related DNA damage to genes involved in memory and other cognitive functions. This enzyme is often diminished in both Alzheimer's ...

Cardiology

Maintaining heart health may protect against cognitive decline

People with a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease have increased cognitive decline, including an increase in typical markers of Alzheimer's disease, suggesting that monitoring and controlling for heart disease ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

20% of those who died from COVID-19 in England and Wales had dementia

More people with dementia died from COVID-19 in England and Wales compared to any other pre-existing condition, according to new figures. Alzheimer's Research UK, the UK's leading dementia research charity, has called on ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Co-occurring visual impairment, dementia heighten disability risk

(HealthDay)—Older adults with both dementia and self-reported visual impairment (VI) may be at higher risk for disability than adults with only one of these conditions, according to a study published online May 14 in JAMA ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Retinal texture could provide early biomarker of Alzheimer's disease

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have devised a new imaging device capable of measuring both the thickness and texture of the various layers of the retina at the back of the eye. The advance could be used to detect ...