Self-Digestion As A Means Of Survival

In times of starvation, cells tighten their belts: they start to digest their own proteins and cellular organs. The process – known as autophagy – takes place in special organelles called autophagosomes. It is a strategy that simple yeast cells have developed as a means of survival when times get tough, and in the course […]

Walking And Moderate Exercise Help Prevent Dementia

People age 65 and older who regularly walk and get other forms of moderate exercise appear to significantly lower their risk of developing vascular dementia, the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in the December 19, 2007, online issue of Neurology┬«, the medical journal of the American […]

Alzheimer Scotland Welcomes New Health Target For Dementia

Alzheimer Scotland welcomes the recent announcement by the Scottish Government that an NHS Scotland target will be set for the early diagnosis of dementia and we look forward to working with the Government on the detail of the target. Early diagnosis is the gateway to support and treatment. It is essential so that people can […]

New Survey Shows Confronting Alzheimer’s Disease A Key Issue In 2008 Presidential Election

With less than a month until the presidential caucus and primary season officially begins, a poll released by the Alzheimer’s Association indicates how the Presidential candidates plan to address the escalating Alzheimer epidemic could determine who Americans vote for in November. Finding a way to halt or delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease is paramount […]

Sugary Beverages May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

Excess drinking of sugary beverages like soda may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, suggests new research in mice. Although the exact mechanisms aren’t known, obesity and diabetes are both associated with higher incidences of Alzheimer’s. Ling Li and her colleagues tested whether high sugar consumption in an otherwise normal diet would affect Alzheimer’s progression. […]

Frost & Sullivan Lauds Avid Radiopharmaceuticals For Its Molecular Imaging Technology That Can Enable Early Diagnosis Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Frost & Sullivan is proud to present Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, Inc. with the 2007 North American Molecular Imaging Technology Innovation of the Year Award for its pioneering contributions to the molecular imaging industry. A world leader in developing molecular imaging agents, Avid’s technology can target amyloid plaque in the brain for detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s […]

Dementia Screening In Primary Care: Is It Time?

Primary care physicians should focus on “dementia red flags” rather than routinely screen individuals with no dementia symptoms just because they’ve reached a certain age, according to Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH, of the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and colleagues from the University of Kent and the University of Cambridge […]

Alzheimer’s Society Report Should Serve As An ‘Alarm Call’ To Government, Says Help The Aged, UK

Commenting on the report from the Alzheimer’s Society which reveals that many people living in care homes with dementia go for hours without speaking to anyone and that over two thirds of of people with alzheimer’s are cared for in dedicated beds, Paul Cann, director of policy & external relations at Help the Aged said: […]

Effects Of Progesterone On Alzheimer’s Disease

The first study on progesterone and Alzheimer’s disease has found no clear preventive benefit for the widely prescribed hormone in an animal model. Progesterone is given with estrogen in hormone replacement therapy. Previous studies have suggested that estrogen offers women some protection against Alzheimer’s disease. The study’s authors, led by gerontologist Christian Pike of the […]

Alzheimer Society Receives 1 Million Dollars Gift On World Alzheimer’s Day, Canada

Last week on World Alzheimer’s Day, the Alzheimer Society of Canada is pleased to announce its receipt of a 1 million dollars legacy gift. This donation, the largest single legacy gift in the Society’s history, will be used to help fund critical Alzheimer research, as well as support other important programs and services. The funds […]