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‘Still Alice’ and Alzheimer’s Research

Julianne Moore won an Oscar last night for her heartbreaking portrayal of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice. At Brain Matters, we hope the movie will raise awareness about Alzheimer’s research. In that spirit, here is an editorial by Alzheimer’s researcher Dr. Julie Harris, courtesy of the Huffington Post:     “While the …

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Study: Key Molecule Could Slow Alzheimer’s Development

Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have found that a specific molecule could slow the development of Alzheimer’s disease. In their study, the Brichos molecule, which occurs in the body naturally, prevented the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in mice.     Researchers believe that the early stages of Alzheimer’s begin when beta-amyloid …

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Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Beverly’s Story

Alzheimer’s caregivers take on a heavy burden. Courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association, this is Beverly’s caregiver story: “Ironically, my mother’s Alzheimer’s is teaching me that I do not need to remember every little painful specific, not in the manner I once remembered them. What a relief to draw the honest conclusion that I’m no longer …

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Alzheimer’s Association President: We Need Research Now

Harry Johns, president and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, recently wrote an impassioned editorial trying to get people involved in the fight to cure Alzheimer’s. Here are excerpts from that article, courtesy of the Huffington Post:     “More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2014 Alzheimer’s Disease …

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Sleep Difficulties in Men Could Signal Alzheimer’s

Men with self-reported sleep disorders may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease compared to men without them. A new study followed more than 1,000 men, who were initially 50 years old, between the years 1970 and 2010.     At the 40 year follow-up period, Swedish researchers found self-reported sleep disturbances were …

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Down Syndrome Study provides more clues about Alzheimer’s Disease

According to a new study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Waisman Center, the protein commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid-β, and its impact on memory may not be as clear as previously thought. Lead study author Sigan Hartley, UW-Madison assistant professor of human development and family studies, and Brad Christian, UW-Madison associate professor of medical …

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Easing the Burden of Dementia with Mindfulness

According to a research study, mindfulness training can ease depression and improve sleep and quality of life for both people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. “The disease is challenging for the affected person, family members, and caregivers,” says study lead author Ken Paller, professor of psychology at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at …

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A Man’s Rare Condition May Lead to New Alzheimer’s Treatment

A man with a rare disease has shown scientists that there might be another way to try to stop the damage of Alzheimer’s disease. A mutation of the apolipoprotein E gene (apoE4) has been shown to raise the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and experts have wondered how dangerous it would be to treat patients …

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New Protein Structure Could Help Treat Alzheimer’s

While there is no current cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the research community is one step closer to finding treatment. Bioengineers at the University of Washington have designed a peptide structure that can stop harmful changes of the body’s normal proteins from folding into structures, linked to widespread diseases such as …

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Vitamin B is No Help for Alzheimer’s disease

A new review says that taking B vitamins does not help to slow age-related mental decline or prevent Alzheimer’s disease. People who have Alzheimer’s have high blood levels of a compound called homocysteine, and people with elevated levels of the compound have been shown to be at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s. It is known …

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