Living in a Noisy Neighborhood May Cause Alzheimer’s Disease, According to Recent Study

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Individuals who reside in louder regions are more at risk of developing Alzheimer’s, new report shows.

A sound-level spike of only 10 decibels raised the risk by 30 percent. That is the gap between breathing and whispering. It also culminated in 36 percent greater chances of moderate cognitive disability, including memory and reasoning ability, scientists said.

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Improving apathy in Alzheimer patients with brain stimulation

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Twenty Veterans with Alzheimer’s disease and apathy took part in a pilot study. Half received repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), a type of brain stimulation. The others received sham stimulation, basically a placebo.

Through patient and caregiver interviews, the VA team documented “significantly greater improvement” in apathy levels in those who received brain stimulation compared with the control group. The positive effects continued up to three months.

Besides improvements in apathy, the researchers also noted “significantly greater improvement” in memory, attention, and cognition in the rTMS patients compared with the sham treatment group.

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Helping Alzheimer’s Patients Bring Back Memories

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The writer of the post in our link for today  developed an approach that allowed us to activate the neurons that store memory information, referred to as memory engrams, through optogenetics—that is, introducing a gene that is light sensitive into the memory engram cells of “Alzheimer’s” mice, then delivering blue light pulses to activate them—and measuring memory recall strength directly. To our surprise, we found comparable numbers of engram cells in normal healthy animals and Alzheimer’s animals, suggesting that the initial memory storage process is intact. Targeting the recall process in Alzheimer’s animals led to an improvement in their memory, which reached the performance level of normal animals.

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