A study links a loss of smell function in Alzheimer’s disease model animals with amyloid ? (protein) accumulation in the brain, a distinguishing hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. Research suggests that olfactory dysfunction, a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, may serve as an early diagnostic tool for the disease.
Researchers have uncovered an early disruption in the process of memory formation in older humans who exhibit some early brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but show little or no memory impairment. The work sheds light on the role of amyloid protein in memory impairment and could lead to development of strategies for predicting and… [Continue Reading]
Researchers have found that a form of vitamin D, together with a chemical found in turmeric spice called curcumin, could help stimulate the immune system to clear the brain of amyloid beta, which forms the plaques considered the hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s and in 2009, it’s estimated that… [Continue Reading]
A vegan food renowned in Asia for its ability to protect against heart attacks also shows a powerful ability in lab experiments to prevent formation of the clumps of tangled protein involved in Alzheimer’s, scientists in Taiwan are reporting. Rita P. Y. Chen and colleagues point out that people in Asia have been eating natto,… [Continue Reading]
A growing body of evidence demonstrates that we can take steps to delay age-related cognitive decline, including in some cases that which accompanies Alzheimer’s, according to a study published in the January 2009 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Thomas B. Shea and his research team have carried out a number of laboratory studies… [Continue Reading]
Alzheimer’s currently afflicts an estimated 5.1 million Americans. By 2050, the number of individuals age 65 and over with Alzheimer’s could range from 11 million to 16 million unless science finds a way to prevent or effectively treat the disease. Alzheimer’s costs the United States at least $148 billion in medical care and lost productivity… [Continue Reading]