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From Architect to Social Worker: Complex Jobs May Protect Memory and Thinking Later in Life

People whose jobs require more complex work with other people, such as social workers and lawyers, or with data, like architects or graphic designers, may end up having longer-lasting memory and thinking abilities compared to people who do less complex work, according to research published in the November 19, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Researchers Find a Way to Improve Memory by Suppressing a Molecule That Links Aging to Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers find a way to improve memory by suppressing a molecule that links aging to Alzheimer’s disease

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Cells’ Natural Response to Chronic Protein Misfolding May Do More Harm than Good

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Protein misfolding” diseases such as cystic fibrosis and Alzheimer’s may be seriously exacerbated by the body’s own response against that misfolding, according to a new study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute.

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Pumping Zinc

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Dr. Maya Schuldiner’s lab has identified an unusual cellular mechanism – a two-part zinc pump – that is faulty in some types of Alzheimer’s. While it’s not yet clear how the finding links to Alzheimer’s, it does offer new directions for investigating the causes of the disease.

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Brain Receptor Cell Could Be New Target for Alzheimer’s

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Blocking a key receptor in brain cells that is used by oxygen free radicals could play a major role in neutralizing the biological consequences of Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers at Temple University.

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New Alzheimer’s-Related Memory Disorder Identified

A multi-institutional study has defined and established criteria for a new neurological disease closely resembling Alzheimer’s disease called primary age-related tauopathy (PART). Patients with PART develop cognitive impairment that can be indistinguishable from Alzheimer’s disease, but they lack amyloid plaques. Awareness of this neurological disease will help doctors diagnose and develop more effective treatments for patients with different types of memory impairment.

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