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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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Paul Worley, Alzheimer's, NPTX2, Protein, Gene

Low Levels Of "Memory Protein" Linked to Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer's Disease

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This discovery, described online in the April 25 edition of eLife, will lead to important research and may one day help experts develop new and better therapies for Alzheimer's and other forms of cognitive decline.

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Neurobiology and Behavior, Brain Aging And Dementia, Microglia

Skin Stem Cells Used to Generate New Brain Cells

Using human skin cells, University of California, Irvine neurobiologists and their colleagues have created a method to generate one of the principle cell types of the brain called microglia, which play a key role in preserving the function of neural networks and responding to injury and disease.

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Aging, Memory, Alzheimer's Disease, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Blood Sugar Levels, Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, Food Prices, Developing Countries, School Lunch, Food Waste

4 Exciting Advances in Food and Nutrition Research

New discoveries tied to how food affects our body and why we make certain food choices could help inform nutrition plans and policies that encourage healthy food choices. The Experimental Biology 2017 meeting will showcase groundbreaking research in food policy, nutrition and the biochemistry of food.

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Alzheimer Disease & Associated Disorders, Arts & Humanities, Bioscience, Arts & Sciences, Herberger Institute, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University, ASU

Art explores Alzheimer’s in dance and orchestra

ASU production breaks new ground for science communication

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tau, Tauopathy, Neurodegenerative Diseases

Antibody Helps Detect Protein Implicated in Alzheimer’s, Other Diseases

Tangles of the protein tau dot the brains of people with diseases like Alzheimer’s. Now, researchers have found a way to measure tau in the blood that accurately reflects tau in the brain. The study, in mice and a small group of people, could be the first step towards a non-invasive test for tau.







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