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Proteins May Slow Memory Loss in People with Alzheimer’s

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Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, according to a groundbreaking Iowa State University study.

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Guidelines Bring UNT Health Science Center's Blood Test for Alzheimer's One Step Closer

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A simple blood test developed at UNT Health Science Center to detect early Alzheimer's disease is a step closer to being used to screen older adults.

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Studies Examine Prevalence of Amyloid among Adults and its Link with Cognitive Impairment

Two studies in the May 19 issue of JAMA analyze the prevalence of the plaque amyloid among adults of varying ages, with and without dementia, and its association with cognitive impairment.

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Dementia Experts Available From Bournemouth University Dementia Institute (BUDI) for Dementia Awareness Week in the UK

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Mayo Clinic: New Mouse Model for ALS and Frontotemporal Dementia Gene Offers Hope for Potential Therapies

Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida have developed a mouse model that exhibits the neuropathological and behavioral features associated with the most common genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), which are caused by a mutation in the C9ORF72 gene.

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Medical Marijuana Pill May Not Be Effective in Treating Behavioral Symptoms of Dementia

MINNEAPOLIS – A new study suggests that medical marijuana pills may not help treat behavioral symptoms of dementia, such as aggression, pacing and wandering. The research is published in the May 13, 2015, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. However, researchers did find that the drug dosage used in the clinical trial was safe and well-tolerated.

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Alzheimer Protein's Structure May Explain Its Toxicity

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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have determined the molecular structure of one of the proteins in the fine fibers of the brain plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. This molecule, called amyloid beta-42, is toxic to nerve cells and is believed to provoke the disease cascade.

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Low Oxygen in the Eye May Lead to Protein Sorting Errors That Impair Vision

A new study finds that when cells in the eye do not have enough oxygen, they improperly sort proteins, an issue that has been implicated in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and Alzheimer’s disease. The research is being presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) this week in Denver, Colo.

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Scientists Find New Link Between Diabetes and Alzheimer’s

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Researchers have uncovered a unique connection between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, providing further evidence that a disease that robs people of their memories may be affected by elevated blood sugar.

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Trending Stories Report for 30 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: new biotech treatment for radiation proctitis, 3D printing in children's health, work and brain health, the importance of medical research, multi-institute collaboration on medical education technology, tax cuts and the economy, cancer survival, and Alzheimer's research.