Alzheimer’s Vaccine – possible cure on the Horizon?

A team of researchers says it has created what could become the world’s first viable Alzheimer's vaccine against Alzheimer’s disease, although others in the field remain skeptical, this can be a possible cure for Alzheimer's. An article published online earlier this month in Nature’s Scientific Reports describes the study, which was conducted on mice, as “promising.” The vaccine simultaneously targets beta-amyloid and tau, the two proteins that have been implicated in the brain plaques and ta...
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Father or mother with Alzheimer’s Disease insists in still driving!

There is no set age at which people should stop driving their cars, but there are various conditions which may make it unsafe for elderly people to drive.  These include visual problems, certain heart conditions, impaired movement such as with certain types of arthritis etc., and with Alzheimer’s it is inevitable as the disease progresses. There will come a time when losing one’s way or direction, becomes a real risk.  Added to this there may be problems with judgment or even confused episode...
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OTC drugs implicated in cognition testing

So-called anticholinergic drugs, easily available treatments widely known by trade names associated with treatments for sleep disorder, hypertension, heart disease and COPD, have been linked with cognitive impairment and a higher risk of developing dementia, according to research concluded at the Indiana University School of Medicine. As reported on the CNN website, study subjects were assessed on a range of memory and cognitive tests and, with the aid of PET and MRI imaging technology, they wer...
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Documentary Personalizes Alzheimer’s Research and Clinical Trials

The latest in a recent spate of books and movies that have brought Alzheimer’s to a broader public, a new NOVA documentary ow explores what it takes to go from basic research to treatment trials. In her film “Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?” three-time Emmy award and AAAS Science Journalism award-winning producer Sarah Holt tells the story of Alzheimer’s research. Her film conveys the challenges and staggering cost of research and personalizes the emotional toll Alzheimer’s takes on patients, caregi...
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What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia and also the most common cause of dementia.   Dementia refers to a number of symptoms that include loss of memory (especially short-term memory) as well as problems with the use of language.  Further symptoms include difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. The disease is caused by a build-up of proteins in the brain. ‘Plaques’ and nerve ‘tangles’ are formed and these impact on the connections between nerve cells in the brain, eventual...
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Body’s immune system may play larger role in Alzheimer’s disease than thought

https://news.uci.edu/health/bodys-immune-system-may-play-larger-role-in-alzheimers-disease-than-thought/UCI mouse study finds dramatic increase in brain plaques when key cells are lacking on February 23, 2016 Irvine, Calif., Feb. 23, 2016— Immune cells that normally help us fight off bacterial and viral infections may play a far greater role in Alzheimer’s disease than originally thought, according to University of California, Irvine neurobiologists with the Sue & Bill Gross Stem...
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