Will drinking coffee protect us from Alzheimer’s?

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  • There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, although treatment and lifestyle changes can slow its progression.
  • A new Australian study suggests that higher coffee intake might be linked to a slower rate of cognitive decline.
  • There was also an association between higher coffee intake and slower accumulation of amyloid deposits in the brain.

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Blood test for Alzheimer’s

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A new blood test may identify more than 80% of people with increased likelihood of having amyloid in the brain, a protein that’s a risk factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study that was presented this week at Boston’s international Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease conference.

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New research details how Alzheimer’s starts

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Past research, mainly performed on animals, suggested the aggregates form in one region then spread throughout the brain, much like how cancer spreads.

The new study suggests that while such spread may occur, it’s not in fact the main driver of disease progression.

“Once we have these seeds, little bits of aggregate throughout the brain, they just multiply and that process controls the speed,” said Meisl.

An analogy from the COVID pandemic is how travel bans between nations generally proved ineffective at stopping the spread of the virus, because it was already replicating within the countries trying to keep it out.

The team was also able to determine the time it takes the aggregates to double in number — roughly five years. That is an “encouraging” figure, said Meisl, because it shows the brain’s neurons already are good at countering aggregates. 

“Maybe if we can make it just a tiny bit better we can significantly delay the onset of serious disease.”

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Five Common Falsehoods About Alzheimer’s Disease

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The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is providing information to dispel common falsehoods about Alzheimer’s disease to help individuals know the warning signs, understand the importance of early detection, and learn how to be proactive about reducing their risk.

“Dispelling the misconceptions about Alzheimer’s disease is critically important, because they may cause people to ignore symptoms and delay taking action which impacts their health and quality of life,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., AFA’s President & CEO. “National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month is the perfect time to reinforce factual information that can help someone spot the warning signs, get screened, and be proactive about their brain health.”

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