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Commonalities in brains of people with Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease

A new study strongly suggests that the brains of people who have died of Huntington's disease (HD) and Parkinson's disease (PD) show a similar response to a lifetime of neurodegeneration, despite being two very distinct diseases.

General anesthetics do more than put you to sleep

A new understanding of the complex ways in which general anesthetics act on the brain could eventually lead to improved drugs for surgery. It remains unclear how general anesthesia works, even though it is one of the most common medical procedures worldwide. Show More Summary

Diabetes Drug Significantly Reverses Alzheimer's Like Memory Loss

A drug developed for diabetes could be used to treat Alzheimer’s after scientists found it significantly reversed memory loss. By Alzheimer's Reading Room The findings are significant because the drug works by protecting the brain cells...Show More Summary

Eat a Mediterranean Style Diet to Ward Off Alzheimer's

More American's--especially the baby boom generation--are learning the importance of eating healthy. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room A new research study indicates that eating Mediterranean-style seems to reduces the risk of mild cognitive impairment, dementia, and Alzheimer's. Show More Summary

Caffeine level in blood may help diagnose people with Parkinson's disease

Testing the level of caffeine in the blood may provide a simple way to aid the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, according to a new study.

The Neuroscience of Music and Alzheimer's

There is a growing body of evidence that music can arouse distant memories in persons living with Alzheimer's disease. Music is also soothing. By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomAlzheimer's patients do react positively to music. The...Show More Summary

How Do You Get an Alzheimer's Patient to Cooperate

One of the biggest problems we face as caregivers is How to get an Alzheimer's Patient to cooperate. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room In order to get an Alzheimer's Patient to cooperate you need to make some changes in the way you communicate. Show More Summary

Care of Dementia Patients, It's Not Your Fault

One thing I have learned over the years is that Alzheimer's caregivers tend to blame themselves too much. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room Caregivers often agonize over things that go wrong. They often wish they had done more.Caregiving for a person living with Alzheimer's is not easy. Show More Summary

Lack of sleep can lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia

Chronic sleep problems can lead to build up of beta amyloid in the brain and this can lead to Alzheimer's. By Alzheimer's Reading Room Chronic poor sleep has been linked to cognitive decline, and a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Show More Summary

Neurons’ sugar coating is essential for long-term memories

How the brain is able to store memories over long periods of time has been a persistent mystery to neuroscientists. In a new study, researchers show that long-lived extracellular matrix molecules called perineuronal nets are essential for distant memories.

New term for role of microbiota in neurodegeneration proposed

Recent studies have shown that gut microbes may cause or worsen Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. Neurologists have proposed a new term to describe an interaction between gut microbiota and the brain: mapranosis.

New approaches in medical genomics: A step forward in Parkinson's disease

It is widely known that genomics has already begun to influence medicine and that bioinformatics holds the key for developing new medical approaches, but how does medical genomics really work? Researchers now bring to light a clear example of how genomics is changing the way we currently know medicine.

From the omelette to the egg: Reversing protein aggregations

A new study suggests a novel form of protein aggregation that is both reversible and has positive physiological consequences for cells. The discovery may eventually lead to new therapies for neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and 'mad cow' diseases.

'Simple, but powerful' model reveals mechanisms behind neuron development

New insights have been uncovered into the regulatory network behind neuron growth, report scientists.

Can Playing Super Mario 64 Increase Grey Matter in the Brain, and Help Delay the Onset of Alzheimer's?

Can playing Super Mario 64 for 30 minutes a day, five days a week help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease? By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room This new research study is important, and I believe Alzheimer's caregivers should...Show More Summary

Why Alzheimer's Patients Are Always Hungry

I used to think that the reason that Alzheimer’s and dementia patients are always hungry is that they can’t remember when they last ate. However, a team of scientists from Neuroscience Research Australia studied the brain scans of people with frontotemporal dementia. Show More Summary

My Caregiver After Life, Holiday Perceptive About Caring for Dotty and How This Might Help You

While we care we become attached to our loved in a way that is hard to describe. The emotion is enormous. It seemed to me that I was attached to my mom by an invisible umbilical cord. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room It is that time of year again - the Holiday's. Show More Summary

Those Living with Alzheimer's Will More Than Double by 2060

47 million Americans already demonstrate some evidence of susceptibility to Alzheimer's disease. By Alzheimer's Reading Room About 15 million Americans will have either Alzheimer’s dementia or mild cognitive impairment by 2060, up from...Show More Summary

PET tracer gauges effectiveness of promising Alzheimer's treatment

Researchers report on the first large-scale longitudinal imaging study to evaluate BACE1 inhibition with micro-PET in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease. PET imaging has been established as an excellent identifier of the amyloid plaque and tau tangles that characterize Alzheimer's disease. Now it is proving to be an effective way to gauge treatment effectiveness.

3-D mini brains accelerate research for repairing brain function

Hospitals are making mini brains from human stem cells, putting researchers on a fast track to repair the nervous system after injury or disease of the brain and spinal cord. Researchers have developed a new system to reduce the time...Show More Summary

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