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Brain Guard

American Technion Society

Israeli researchers have developed new technology for transporting drugs within silicon nanostructures to the brain. These nanostructures release an essential protein, which can inhibit the development of Alzheimer's disease, and provide targeted delivery in the brain with the use of a “gene gun.”

Channels: All Journal News, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthcare, Nanotechnology, Neuro, Pharmaceuticals,

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18-Nov-2019 4:25 PM EST
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Link between inflammation and mental sluggishness shown in new study

University of Birmingham

Scientists at the University of Birmingham in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam have uncovered a possible explanation for the mental sluggishness that often accompanies illness.

Channels: All Journal News, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Cell Biology, Genetics, Kidney Disease, Obesity, Neuro,

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15-Nov-2019 11:05 AM EST
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Middle-Aged Americans & Dementia Risk: Lots of Worry, Not Enough Proven Prevention

Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly half of Americans in their 50s and early 60s think they’re likely to develop dementia as they grow older, but only 5% of them have actually talked with a doctor about what they could do to reduce their risk, a new study finds. Meanwhile, a third or more say they’re trying to stave off dementia by taking supplements or doing crossword puzzles – despite the lack of proof that such tactics work.

Channels: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Neuro, Seniors, Staff Picks, JAMA, All Journal News, Medical Meetings,

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13-Nov-2019 4:55 PM EST
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Key Alzheimer’s gene acts differently in non-Europeans

University of Washington School of Medicine

A gene called apolipoprotein E (APOE), long implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, has two variants that act differently among Caribbean Hispanics depending on the ancestral origin, according to a study published in Alzheimer’s and Dementia, the journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Channels: Aging, All Journal News, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Genetics,

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15-Nov-2019 2:05 AM EST
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Newswise: Genetic Variation in Individual Brain Cell Types May Predict Disease Risk

Genetic Variation in Individual Brain Cell Types May Predict Disease Risk

University of California San Diego Health

Researchers identified non-coding regions of the human genome that control the development and function of four brain cell types and mapped genetic risk variants for psychiatric diseases. They found that risk variants for Alzheimer’s disease were enriched in microglia-specific regulatory elements.

Channels: All Journal News, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Cell Biology, Genetics, Neuro, Stem Cells, Psychology and Psychiatry,

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14-Nov-2019 3:35 PM EST
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How cells decide when to accept extracellular packages

Cornell University

Endocytosis, a fundamental process that cells use to take in macromolecules, functions a lot like an airlock on a spaceship – but squishier, says Dr. Gunther Hollopeter, assistant professor of molecular medicine at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Channels: All Journal News, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Cancer, Cardiovascular Health, Cell Biology, National Institutes of Health (NIH),

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13-Nov-2019 4:35 PM EST
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People Who Cannot Read May Be Three Times as Likely to Develop Dementia

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

New research has found that people who are illiterate, meaning they never learned to read or write, may have nearly three times greater risk of developing dementia than people who can read and write. The study is published in the November 13, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Channels: All Journal News, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Cognition and Learning, Neuro, Rural Issues, Neurology (journal),

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11-Nov-2019 2:25 PM EST
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Newswise: U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Names 
María Ordóñez to Alzheimer’s Council

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Names María Ordóñez to Alzheimer’s Council

Florida Atlantic University

The advisory council is made up of federal and non-federal members who serve overlapping four-year terms. As a new member, Ordóñez brings the perspectives of Hispanic and Latino Americans and providers of long-term services and support.

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13-Nov-2019 9:00 AM EST
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Specific Neurons that Map Memories Now Identified in the Human Brain

Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Columbia neuroengineers have found the first evidence that individual neurons in the human brain target specific memories during recall. They studied recordings in neurosurgical patients who had electrodes implanted in their brains and examined how the patients’ brain signals corresponded to their behavior while performing a virtual-reality object–location memory task. The researchers identified “memory-trace cells” whose activity was spatially tuned to the location where subjects remembered encountering specific objects.

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8-Nov-2019 1:05 PM EST
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