Alzheimer’s and Pollution

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  • Many recent studies show that Alzheimer’s disease occurs more often in people exposed to fine particles in polluted air.
  • Such droplets, a 30th the diameter of a human hair, contain several toxic substances that can damage brain cells.
  • Particles can weaken a protective barrier around the brain and also can enter from nerves near the nose.

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Sex and Alzheimer’s Disease

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 50 million people have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, and these numbers are expected to double in the next 20 years. Recent studies have determined a gender predilection with the disease; as per the latest research, women have a higher risk of being affected by Alzheimer’s disease compared with men.

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A new blood test that could change things

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A simple blood test may soon be able to diagnose patients with two common forms of dementia – Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) – and tell the two apart.

Researchers at UC San Francisco analyzed the blood test in more than 300 patients and say they hope to see such a test available in doctor’s offices within five years.

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Tea, oranges and Broccoli will keep Alzheimer’s at bay

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A new study published in the journal Neurology in January 2020 concludes that increasing the intake of plant flavonols steeply reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia (AD) by up to a half. In other words, AD could be prevented in many people simply by regularly eating and drinking more foods containing these compounds such as tea, oranges and broccoli.

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New ways to look at Alzheimer’s

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as the writer here details in a New England Journal of Medicine article, professionals, including physicians, can function competently even with clinical symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Just as each brain is unique, so is the disease progression and continued functioning of people with Alzheimer’s. Variability in the disease’s course is the norm, with some people staying stable for years, even without treatment. Yet, while we know that two people with the same type of kidney disease or breast cancer progress differently, with Alzheimer’s disease the overwhelming belief is that everyone ends up in a wheelchair, unable to recognize family and themselves.. While this is true in some, it is not the case for all.

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Subtypes of Alzheimer’s

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In a new study in JAMA Neurology, a team of neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida led by Melissa Murray, Ph.D., examined a key region of the brain and found that patterns of Alzheimer’s-related damage differed by subtype and age of onset.

The researchers say these observations could have important treatment implications.

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Alzheimer surprise drug

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Despite many promising leads, more than 120 drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease have failed. But Cambridge-based biotech company Biogen revived hope on Tuesday with its announcement that it would seek Food and Drug Administration approval for a drug it abandoned earlier this year.

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That new medicine for Alzheimer’s

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The biotech world went into a full-on frenzy Tuesday when drug giant Biogen dropped this whopper: The company is reviving its Alzheimer’s drug hopeful, aducanumab, after leaving it for dead all the way back in March. In fact, it’s marching forward with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) application to approve the drug for certain patients facing cognitive decline.

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New option in the fight against Alzheimer’s

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Researchers have now found that slower loss of cognitive skills in people with AD correlates with higher levels of a protein that helps immune cells clear plaque-like cellular debris from the brain [1]. The efficiency of this clean-up process in the brain can be measured via fragments of the protein that shed into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This suggests that the protein, called TREM2, and the immune system as a whole, may be promising targets to help fight Alzheimer’s disease.

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No Wait, it works!

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The drug company Biogen is asking the FDA to approve one of its Alzheimer’s treatments, a sign that clinical trials have shown success for the therapy. The drug, aducanumab, is still in the experimental stages, and Biogen had thrown in the towel months ago when studies didn’t seem to show progress. The company now says higher doses may be key. An Alzheimer’s drug gaining FDA approval would be blockbuster. There are currently no effective treatments for the memory-robbing disease, which affects more than 5 million people in the U.S. alone

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A possible treatment

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Scientists at the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC) have identified a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Working together with a scientific team at the Rockefeller University in New York, the investigators have shown that treatment with the oral anticoagulant dabigatran delays the appearance of Alzheimer’s disease in mice.

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Does red wine help to stave off Alzheimer’s?

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Great article by Georgia Ede, MD

here is the punch line: Interventional studies of light to moderate drinking are unfortunately few and far between, therefore the risks of having a glass or two of wine with dinner are poorly understood. It is up to you to carefully consider the risks in your particular case. If you choose to drink red wine, do so because you enjoy it, rather than because of unfounded assertions that it’s good for your brain.

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