Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer's disease (AD), also known in medical literature as Alzheimer disease, is the most common form of dementia. There is no cure for the disease, which worsens as it progresses, and eventually leads to death. It was first described by German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer in 1906 and was named after him.

Future Alzheimer’s Treatments May Include Helping Patients Sleep

By | Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:00

A new study finds a relationship between the nightly awakenings of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and increased levels of the neurotransmitter orexin.

Worried About Alzheimer’s Later In Life? Stop Smoking Now

By | Tue, 09/16/2014 - 19:00

While you cannot change your age or your genes, you can take four steps to help minimize your risk of developing Alzheimer's: stop smoking, eat healthy foods, exercise, and challenge your brain.

Adapting Brains Can Have Amyloid Plaques Without The Alzheimer's

By | Sun, 09/14/2014 - 13:00

Scientists have found that the brain can compensate for the presence of amyloid plaques in some instances, helping it to retain function.

Air Pollution Is Getting To Kids' Heads, Posing Alzheimer's Risk

By | Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:45

It's no secret air pollution is dangerous, but a new study finds that it's affecting young kids, causing their immune systems to turn on their brains.

Xanax And Other Meds Increase Your Risk Of Alzheimer's

By | Tue, 09/09/2014 - 18:30

The risk of Alzheimer’s disease grew by a startling 43 to 51 percent among elderly patients who had used benzodiazepines in the past.

Dismissed And Infantalized, Alzheimer’s Patients Confront The Stigma

By | Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:12

During World Alzheimer’s Month, people around the world confront the stigma of dementia, including author Greg O'Brien.

Weight Loss Surgery Lightens The Brain's Load, Stemming Alzheimer's

By | Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:00

With the potential for dementia to develop out of obesity, normalizing brain function is essential. Bariatric surgery might help.

Pomegranate May Hold The Key To Quieting Alzheimer's

By | Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:52

The compound punicalagin, found in the skins and fruits of pomegranates, could protect brain health into old age.

Could One Man's Rare Condition Open The Door To New Alzheimer’s Drugs?

By | Tue, 08/12/2014 - 15:08

A new study provides evidence suggesting one possible treatment for Alzheimer’s patients would be to eliminate APOE from their brains completely.

Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Moves One 'STEP' Closer To Humans

By | Tue, 08/05/2014 - 15:24

Researchers have discovered an experimental drug that may reverse the cognitive effects of Alzheimer's disease.

A Stop Watch And A Few Questions Are All That’s Needed To Predict Dementia

By | Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:29

A simple, minutes-long test involving walking speed may correctly diagnose the early stages of dementia among older adults.

New Alzheimer’s Drugs May Target Enzyme That Clogs Cellular Garbage System

By | Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:41

A new study suggests unclogging the body's protein disposal system could help Alzheimer's patients improve their memory.

A Smell Or Eye Test May Help Detect Alzheimer's Disease Earlier

By | Sun, 07/13/2014 - 12:48

A smell or vision test may be able to determine whether someone has early biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease.

99% Of Alzheimer’s Drug Trials In The Past Decade Have Failed

By | Sat, 07/05/2014 - 22:02

Only one successful drug has been developed in Alzheimer’s disease drug trials over the past decade, leaving many scientists concerned about a lack of new therapies.

Could Smoking Pot Prevent Alzheimer’s?

By | Wed, 06/18/2014 - 13:57

Beta-amyloid may impair learning and memory in the earliest stages of Alzheimer's by blocking the beneficial action of endocannabinoids in the brain.