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Imaging probe to visualize Alzheimer's disease-related gamma-secretase in the brain

Scientists at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have developed a molecular imaging probe to reveal Alzheimer's disease (AD)-related γ-secretase in rodents and macaques with translational potentials in humans. γ-Secretase ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Higher dementia risk in women with prolonged fertility

Women with a longer reproductive period had an elevated risk for dementia in old age, compared with those who were fertile for a shorter period, a population-based study from the University of Gothenburg shows.

Psychology & Psychiatry

PTSD may double risk of dementia

People who have experienced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are up to twice as likely to develop dementia later in life, according to a new study by UCL researchers.

Genetics

Risk gene for Alzheimer's has early effects on the brain

A genetic predisposition to late-onset Alzheimer's disease affects how the brains of young adults cope with certain memory tasks. Researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) and the Ruhr-Universität ...

Genetics

Decoding the genetics that drive disease

From Alzheimer's to obesity, life can change dramatically if you discover you have a genetic risk of disease. Now, a new study from the Australian Centre for Precision Health, University of South Australia is challenging ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Older people with early, asymptomatic Alzheimer's at risk of falls

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries in older adults, causing more than 800,000 hospitalizations and about 30,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. Some risk factors are well-known—advanced age, problems with vision ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Lifestyle improvements may lessen cognitive decline

Results from a new study suggest that lifestyle changes may help to improve cognition in older adults experiencing cognitive decline that precedes dementia.

Medical research

Lumpy proteins stiffen blood vessels of the brain

Deposits of a protein called 'Medin,' which manifest in virtually all older adults, reduce the elasticity of blood vessels during aging and hence may be a risk factor for vascular dementia. Experts from the German Center ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Facing up to the dementia home care dilemma of COVID-19

In the UK, over 850,000 people are living with dementia. This is expected to hit over 1 million by 2025, with numbers consistently rising. But it's not only the person with the condition that is affected. Family members and ...

Genetics

Study targets gene associated with Alzheimer's disease

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are on the track of a gene that might play a role in the development of Alzheimer's disease. The research team is studying a gene called BIN1, which was first linked ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Signs and symptoms of Lewy body dementia

Lewy body dementia, also known as dementia with Lewy bodies, is the second most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's disease dementia. Protein deposits, called Lewy bodies, develop in nerve cells in the brain ...

Neuroscience

How we sleep today may forecast when Alzheimer's disease begins

What would you do if you knew how long you had until Alzheimer's disease set in? Don't despair. New research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests one defense against this virulent form of dementia—for which ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Study links inflammation to Alzheimer's disease development

Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative condition that is characterized by the buildup of clumps of beta-amyloid protein in the brain. Exactly what causes these clumps, known as plaques, and what role they play in disease ...

Neuroscience

Common drugs tied to increased risk of cognitive decline

A class of drugs used for many conditions, including allergies, colds, high blood pressure and depression, may be associated with an increased risk of developing mild thinking and memory problems, particularly in people who ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Does forgetting a name or word mean that I have dementia?

The number of cases of dementia in the U.S. is rising as baby boomers age, raising questions for boomers themselves and also for their families, caregivers and society. Dementia, which is not technically a disease but a term ...