Forgetting one thing is not the same as forgetting another thing

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Most people associate dementia with short-term memory loss; someone with the condition can’t remember the prime minister’s name or where they left their car keys. But that inability to recall simple facts is not the only early sign of dementia, says Dr Selina Wray, Alzheimer’s Research UK senior research fellow and winner of the Alzheimer’s Research UK David Hague Early Career Investigator of the Year Award 2018.

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Big brother may come to watch over you

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Spotting the first indications of Alzheimer’s years before any obvious symptoms come on could help pinpoint people most likely to benefit from experimental drugs and allow family members to plan for eventual care. Devices equipped with such algorithms could be installed in people’s homes or in long-term care facilities to monitor those at risk. For patients who already have a diagnosis, such technology could help doctors make adjustments in their care.

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“Beeting” Alzheimer’s disease

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Funny play on words from the authors from Phys.org but the topic is serious enough.

A compound in beets that gives the vegetable its distinctive red color could eventually help slow the accumulation of misfolded proteins in the brain, a process that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists say this discovery could lead to the development of drugs that could alleviate some of the long-term effects of the disease, the world’s leading cause of dementia.

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New research promising for prevention of cognitive decline

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A new study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has provided researchers important insights about an enzyme within the brain that plays a critical role in Alzheimer’s.

The UTMB researchers found that blocking the enzyme helped prevent memory loss in mice.

The enzyme is a promising target for developing medications to prevent cognitive decline. The study was recently published in Alzheimer’s and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventions.

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No drugs but instead…..

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The current Alzheimer’s clinical research impasse has encouraged more doctors to pursue non-pharmacological alternatives. For most individuals — beyond the up-to-5-percent who are genetically predisposed to early onset Alzheimer’s — focusing on lifestyle factors as the key to brain fitness and cognitive function, they say, is wiser than waiting for a breakthrough delivered in a pill.

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Alzheimer’s researchers win brain prize

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Four dementia scientists have shared this year’s 1m Euro brain prize for pivotal work that has changed our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.

Profs John Hardy, Bart De Strooper, Michael Goedert, based in the UK, and Prof Christian Haass, from Germany, unpicked key protein changes that lead to this most common type of dementia.

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Alzheimer’s predictions

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Heart disease deaths have actually decreased 14 percent since 2000, while Alzheimer’s deaths have increased 89 percent. Of the diseases listed in the 10 leading causes of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s is the only one that can’t be prevented, slowed or cured.

But on the positive side, there is a bloodtest in preparation that will warn you  about 20 ahead of any symptoms.

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Disco against Alzheimer’s

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In March 2015, Li-Huei Tsai set up a tiny disco for some of the mice in her laboratory. For an hour each day, she placed them in a box lit only by a flickering strobe. The mice — which had been engineered to produce plaques of the peptide amyloid-β in the brain, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease — crawled about curiously. When Tsai later dissected them, those that had been to the mini dance parties had significantly lower levels of plaque than mice that had spent the same time in the dark1.

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Music therapy for Alzheimer’s

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Three health occupation students at Whittier Tech are using music therapy as a way to help patients with Alzheimer’s disease communicate with family and friends.

After watching “Alive Inside” — a film that follows Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he works to combat memory loss in patients through the use of music — juniors Allasandra Thompson, of Haverhill, Larissa Havey, of Amesbury and Emily Shal, of Amesbury, wanted to replicate the process.

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Fish oil reviewed

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A new study about the impact of Fish Oil on Alzheimer’s is underway.

Researchers are concentrating on how the fish oil helps with brain blood flow and how it affects key proteins related to the development of Alzheimer’s, particularly amyloids.

“We’re focusing on a fish oil that we know helps improve blood flow and helps reduce cholesterol levels, to see if that helps beneficially change some of these markers,” s

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The benefits of exercise

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Geriatrics experts have suggested that exercising can improve brain health in . The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommendations for how much older  should . They suggest that older adults perform 150 minutes a week of  (such as brisk walking), 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic training, or a combination of the two types. The WHO also recommends older adults perform muscle-strengthening exercises on at least two or more days a week.

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