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Neuroscience

New Alzheimer's research could inspire better treatments and earlier diagnosis

Neuroscientists at the University of Portsmouth, with collaborators in the UK and the U.S., have made a breakthrough in the study of Alzheimer's which could inspire better treatments and earlier diagnosis.

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Following the hops of disordered proteins could lead to future treatments of Alzheimer's disease

Researchers from the University of Cambridge, the University of Milan and Google Research have used machine learning techniques to predict how proteins, particularly those implicated in neurological diseases, completely change ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

One in 10 UK adults say brain health has deteriorated in pandemic

More than one in 10 adults in the UK (14%) believe their brain health has declined since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, new polling by Alzheimer's Research UK has revealed, with two-thirds (66%) saying the pandemic has ...

Neuroscience

Hydrogen sulfide could guard against Alzheimer's disease

Typically characterized as poisonous, corrosive and smelling of rotten eggs, hydrogen sulfide's reputation may soon get a facelift. In experiments in mice, researchers have shown the foul-smelling gas may help protect aging ...

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A prognostic Alzheimer's disease blood test in the symptom-free stage

Using a blood test, a German-Dutch research team has predicted the risk of Alzheimer's disease in people who were clinically diagnosed as not having Alzheimer's disease but who perceived themselves as cognitively impaired ...

Cardiology

A healthy heart may help delay or prevent dementia

New study shows targeting arterial stiffening earlier in a person's lifespan could provide cognitive benefits in older age and may help to delay the onset of dementia.

Medical research

Large transporter protein linked to schizophrenia

Scientists have suspected mutations in a cellular cholesterol transport protein are associated with psychiatric disorders, but have found it difficult to prove this and to pinpoint how it happens. Now, Kazumitsu Ueda of Kyoto ...

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Apathy could predict onset of dementia years before other symptoms

Apathy—a lack of interest or motivation—could predict the onset of some forms of dementia many years before symptoms start, offering a 'window of opportunity' to treat the disease at an early stage, according to new research ...

Neuroscience

Video: Cleaning system of the brain captured in 3-D footage

All biological activity in the body produces waste that needs to be removed. This is also true for the brain. Previous research has shown that mouse brains have their own cleaning system, which is called the glymphatic system. ...

Genetics

Genetic differences important in Alzheimer's diagnosis

The two used methods for detecting amyloid pathology in Alzheimer's disease do not give unambiguous results, with the risk of incorrect or delayed care interventions. Now, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Testing memory over four weeks could predict Alzheimer's disease risk

New research suggests testing people's memory over four weeks could identify who is at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease before it has developed. Importantly, the trial found testing people's ability to retain ...

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Chatbot may detect early dementia in time for intervention

If Alzheimer's dementia is identified early, at the stage of Mild Cognitive Impairment, for instance, the decline in neural functioning can be stabilized or even curtailed in some cases, research has found.

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Caregiver burden in dementia during the COVID-19 crisis

Caregivers of people with dementia and milder forms of neurocognitive disorder bear a heavy burden. They are constantly confronted with challenging symptoms and behaviors and feel they are up against their limits. The latest ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Alzheimer's and dementia: Understand wandering and how to address it

Wandering and becoming lost is common among people with Alzheimer's disease or other disorders causing dementia. This behavior can happen in the early stages of dementia—even if the person has never wandered in the past.

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Living with dementia in a virtual world: hope for the future

With much of the U.K. just emerging from its second coronavirus 'lockdown' into new tiers, the amount of social contact we are able to have is still limited. Among the worst affected are people living in the country's care ...