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HIV Medications Linked to Increase in Alzheimer’s Disease Protein

A class of drugs called protease inhibitors have been lifesaving for people with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, these medications come with a long list of side effects that may include impairments in cognitive function. How protease inhibitors might cause cognitive side effects has remained a mystery for some time. New research from the […]

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Targeting Alzheimer’s: New Unorthodox Approaches

Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5 million individuals in the US and causes a devastating loss of cognitive function due to the buildup of beta-amyloid and tau proteins in the brain. Previous efforts to combat this disease have focused on developing drugs that target beta-amyloid, but such treatments have been unsuccessful in patients so far. […]

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Alzheimher’s Information Resources and Brain Improvement

AlZ.org – Alzheimers Association www.alz.org/professionals_and_researchers_14899.asp For physicians, resources on Alzheimer’s and dementia, including patient and family educational materials and professional guides. Helpful Resources for People Living with Alzheimer’s Disease … www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/organizations – list of helpful organizations that provide resources to understanding and living with Alzheimer’s disease, as both a patient and … Alzheimer’s and Dementia […]

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Link Between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease

Rates of Alzheimer&8217;s disease (AD) are rising worldwide, and research on the subject, particularly risk factors and correlation with cognitive impairment and decline are among the most important and applicable. Among those, data suggests that diet seems to be the most important risk factor to target. For instance, is a very well-known fact that when […]

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Bringing Back Memories to Alzheimer’s Patients

Memory loss is one of the most well-known and heartbreaking consequences of Alzheimer’s disease. As Alzheimer’s starts to develop, episodic memory starts to decline. This means that the memory of personal experiences and events, and of the time, place and emotional context of those experiences starts to fade. Memory requires the ability to encode, consolidate, […]

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Uncovering the Secrets of Memory to Reverse Damage in Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer&8217;s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, and seeing a loved one gradually lose control over his life and relationships, fail to recognize you, and become dependent on others just to carry out simple daily tasks is very painful. Alzheimer&8217;s disease-associated dementia is so common that it has come to be viewed as a normal consequence […]

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Can The Immune System Trigger Alzheimer’s Disease?

The amyloid hypothesis has been central to Alzheimer’s research for the last decades. It postulates that Alzheimer’s disease derives from the accumulation of the amyloid-beta peptide (A-beta), leading to the deposition of neurofibrillary tangles, made up from the microtubule-associated protein tau. But Alzheimer’s disease is also characterized by an inflammatory response, primarily driven by the […]

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Predicting change in the Alzheimer’s brain

MIT researchers are developing a computer system that uses genetic, demographic, and clinical data to help predict the effects of disease on brain anatomy. In experiments, they trained a machine-learning system on MRI data from patients with neurodegenerative diseases and found that supplementing that training with other patient information improved the system’s predictions. In the […]

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