Alzheimer Disease and Other Dementias Center

Alzheimer disease is the most common dementia, characterized by intellectual deterioration, usually beginning with memory loss and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Dementia is sometimes inappropriately referred to as senility and wrongly attributed to arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Alzheimer disease is also written as Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimers disease.

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Alzheimers Community Forum
Support for patients with Alzheimer disease, memory loss, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), dementia, and related neurological disorders. Discussions among patients, families, caregivers and professionals on topics related to diagnosis, treatment, and activities of daily living.

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Researchers find possible role of autoantibodies in Alzheimer disease
May 23, 2012
New research demonstrates how dying or damaged brain cells release debris into the bloodstream and give rise to specific autoantibodies that appear to be reliable biomarkers for early diagnosis of Alzheimer and other neurodegenerative diseases. The researchers also identify a key mechanism in the development of Alzheimer disease that mirrors a process that is common in such autoimmune disorders as rheumatoid arthritis.
Alcohol intake in the elderly affects risk of cognitive decline and dementia
May 22, 2012
A review paper published in Psychiatry Investigation on the association between alcohol consumption and cognition in the elderly provides an excellent summary of the potential ways in which alcohol may affect cognitive function and the risk of dementia, both adversely and favorably as alcohol may have both a neurotoxic and neuroprotective effect, depending on the dose and drinking pattern.
Reducing brain activity improves memory after cognitive decline
May 10, 2012
A study led by a Johns Hopkins neuroscientist and published in the May 10 issue of the journal Neuron suggests a potential new therapeutic approach for improving memory and interrupting disease progression in patients with a form of cognitive impairment that often leads to Alzheimer disease.
Deep brain stimulation may hold promise for mild Alzheimer disease
May 08, 2012
A study on a handful of people with suspected mild Alzheimer disease suggests that a device that sends continuous electrical impulses to specific “memory” regions of the brain appears to increase neuronal activity.
Eating fish, chicken, nuts may lower risk of Alzheimer disease
May 04, 2012
A new study suggests that eating foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, chicken, salad dressing, and nuts, may lower blood levels of a protein associated with Alzheimer disease and memory problems. The research is published in the May 2, 2012, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Alzheimer smell test not ready for prime time
May 04, 2012
Current research does not support the use of smell tests for predicting Alzheimer dementia, according to a comprehensive review by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars at the University of Michigan and the VA Center for Clinical Management Research.
Study examines relationship between 2 proteins associated with Alzheimer disease
Apr 27, 2012
A study that examined the relationship between 2 cerebrospinal fluid proteins associated with Alzheimer disease in clinically and cognitively normal older patients suggests that amyloid-beta-associated clinical decline was linked to the presence of elevated phospho-tau (p-tau), according to a report published Online First by Archives of Neurology.
Protecting your brain: ‘Use it or lose it,’ a new study examines the underlying biology
Apr 25, 2012
The findings of a new study suggest that the protective effects of an active cognitive lifestyle arise through multiple biological pathways.
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