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How-one-protein
By Andy Ratana, 6:48 pm on May 30, 2018

Wonder how researchers study Alzheimer’s? New stem cell research brings the hope of a future where the risk for Alzheimer’s has been eliminated. Learn more about the most recent research in this article: What if you could have one little protein changed in one of your genes and no longer…

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long-distance-care-hca-1024×683
By Andy Ratana, 8:37 pm on June 26, 2017

We have written a lot about the physical and emotional impact of being a long-distance caregiver, along with the high levels of stress that can lead to caregiver burnout. There is one more important issue to discuss and that is the impact that long-distance caregiving responsibilities can have on work….

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senior-computer-games
By Andy Ratana, 1:18 pm on August 14, 2016

Some cognitive training programs have earned a bad reputation in the media, and for good reason. These less reputable companies have made farfetched promises and claims that their products will prevent cognitive decline altogether. We know that complete prevention of dementia cannot be guaranteed, but cognitive training does engage and strengthen the brain, contributing to improved function of cognitive activity. Now, the latest research indicates a link between specific brain exercises and a decreased risk of symptoms associated with dementia. The results of the Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly, or ACTIVE study, were presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, the world’s largest gathering of Alzheimer’s researchers. The study…

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Identifying Senior Stroke
Identifying Senior Stroke
By Andy Ratana, 3:12 pm on April 3, 2016

Currently 47.5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia worldwide. Although other cognitive deficits do develop, memory loss is one of the telltale signs of Alzheimer’s. Scientists have often wondered whether memory loss is a result of the person not being able to create and store new memories or simply having difficulty retrieving the memories. In a recent study conducted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), neuroscientists were able to retrieve memories that were “lost” due to Alzheimer’s disease in mice. This provides hope that memories lost to Alzheimer’s may one day be retrievable in humans. The study compared a control group of normal…

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syrup
By Andy Ratana, 5:57 pm on March 27, 2016

At the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting, researchers made a few important announcements regarding the benefits of pure maple syrup and its potential to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Pure maple syrup is the sap that comes directly from the maple tree, not the processed, sugary kind we often find at the breakfast table. It is a natural compound that has been proven to have a myriad of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties. The following research adds to a growing body of work on pure sap. The first announcement came from researchers at the Krembil Research Institute of the University of Toronto. They found that pure maple syrup helps prevent the clumping…

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Senior-in-PET-Scan
By Andy Ratana, 7:53 pm on March 19, 2016

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia currently affect 47.5 million people worldwide, which is why it is increasingly important to advance our understanding of the disease and its progression in order to find a cure. For the first time, a research team from the University of California, Berkeley was able to track the whole progression of Alzheimer’s disease and the build up of the protein tau in cognitively normal adults, who are alive, by using PET scans. A positron emission tomography scan, or PET scan, is an imaging test that uses a radioactive material to trace a disease. The radioactive tracer is often injected intravenously and travels via the…

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By Andy Ratana, 11:14 am on February 21, 2016

Researchers are becoming increasingly interested in studying Down syndrome as a way to find treatments for Alzheimer’s disease. Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that occurs when an individual has a full or partial extra copy of chromosome 21. People with Down syndrome have an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s at an earlier age, which is why the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Institutes of Health and other researchers in the field of aging are focusing more efforts on Down syndrome research. Currently, one of the greatest known risk factors for Alzheimer’s is advanced age. One in nine people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s, while more than 75% of people…

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By Andy Ratana, 10:46 pm on February 1, 2016

Researchers from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom have found that targeting and reducing inflammation in the brain can reduce memory problems seen in Alzheimer’s disease. This research adds to growing evidence that suppressing inflammation in the brain may lead to preventing or delaying Alzheimer’s disease. Inflammation in the brain is caused by a build-up of microglia cells, which are cells that provide the main form and first line of immune defense. The proliferation of microglia cells has also been found in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, post-mortem, and is a key indicator of several neurocognitive disorders. Individuals with Alzheimer’s also had an increased regulation of the CSF1R gene that correlated with the severity of the disease. In order to reduce this inflammation, the research team…

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