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Smell, Smell Loss, Neurological Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease

Penn Expert Probes Possible Reasons for Loss of Smell

Studies have shown that loss of the sense of smell can be among the first warning signs of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Now a researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania wants to shift the search for clues about this process back even further, to find out if there is a common factor responsible for the loss of smell that may also serve as an early warning signal for a number of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Body Mass Index, genetic variants, Endocrine Society, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism , Weight, Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, Alzheimer's, Dementia

Study Finds Alzheimer’s Disease Likely Not Caused by Low Body Mass Index

A new large-scale genetic study found that low body mass index (BMI) is likely not a causal risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, as earlier research had suggested, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

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Report: Unprevented Diabetes Fuels Unnecessary Alzheimer's

"Unprevented Diabetes Means Unnecessary Alzheimer's", a report by Health People: Community Preventive Health Institute projects that without prevention for New York City's estimated 1.3 million pre-diabetics and for New York State's 5.4 million pre-diabetics, city diabetes cases will rise by 325,000 cases in five years and overall state diabetes cases by 1.35 million cases; based on reach research, these new cohort of diabetics are at a 40% increased risk for developing Alzheimer's over time.

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Diabetes Prevention, Alzheimber's Disease, Prevention, New York, New York City, diabetes epidemic

New Report Showing How Failures in Diabetes Prevention Are Fueling New York’s Alzheimer’s Epidemic to Be Unveiled

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With diabetes raising the risk for Alzheimer’s Disease by 40%, New Yorkers are facing an escalating Alzheimer's epidemic fueled by failures of New York City and State to undertake effective diabetes prevention.

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Flu Virus, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson Disease, RNA, Pathogen Evolution

Researchers Discover How Flu Viruses — From the Least Pathogenic to the Deadliest Strains— Hijack Human Cell Machinery to Reproduce

Much is known about flu viruses, but little is understood about how they reproduce inside human host cells, spreading infection. Now, a research team headed by investigators from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is the first to identify a mechanism by which influenza A, a family of pathogens that includes the most deadly strains of flu worldwide, hijacks cellular machinery to replicate.

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Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Addiction, Pain Relief, Smoking Cessation

How One Drug Could Affect Pain, Memory and Nicotine Addiction

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Texas A&M researchers are working to develop drugs to enhance the function of these receptors in the brain, which could have three very different applications: easing pain, slowing the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s and making it easier for people to stop smoking.

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Alzheimer’s, Gene Mutation

Gene Mutation May Speed Up Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s Disease

A gene mutation may accelerate the loss of memory and thinking skills in people who are at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in the May 3, 2017, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The gene mutation is called the BDNF Val66Met allele, or just the Met allele.

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Focused Ultrasound, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer's Disease, Blood Brain Barrier, Ultrasound, HIFU

First Alzheimer's Trial with Focused Ultrasound Begins

Researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto have begun the world’s first clinical trial evaluating the feasibility and safety of opening the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) utilizing focused ultrasound.

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Alzheimber's Disease, Dementia screening, Florida Department of Health, Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, poverty and health, Rural and Migrant, rural access to physicians

Diagnosing and Treating Alzheimer’s, Dementia at Home Could Be Key for Rural, Low-Income Populations

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The lack of easily accessible, culturally proficient, and gerontology-trained providers creates a unique challenge for older adults in rural communities. Providing earlier cognitive assessment to facilitate earlier management of cognitive decline issues can assist with aging-in-place and decreased health care costs.

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Alzheimer's Disease, Stroke, Lewy Bodies, Lewy Body Dementia, Dementia, Amyloid Plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, brain pathology, Rush University Medical Center

Genes Associated with Resilience Against Brain Pathology Identified

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Researchers have discovered two genes, known as UNC5C and ENC1, that are associated with aging individuals having better memory and brain function than would be expected, given the amount of pathologies that accumulated in their brains.







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