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Creative people have better-connected brains

Seemingly countless self-help books and seminars tell you to tap into the right side of your brain to stimulate creativity. But forget the "right-brain" myth -- a new study suggests it's how well the two brain hemispheres communicate that sets highly creative people apart.

Solving the puzzle of Alzheimer's disease

A new study examines if a compound called AC253 can inhibit a 'rogue' protein called amyloid. The protein is found in large numbers in the brains of Alzheimer's patients and is suspected to be a key player in the development of the disease.

Postmenopausal hormone therapy exceeding ten years may protect from dementia

Postmenopausal estrogen-based hormone therapy lasting longer than ten years was associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease in a large study. The study explored the association between postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy,...Show More Summary

Combating iron in the brain: Researchers find anti-aging micromolecule

The older we get, the more our brain ages. Cognitive abilities decline and the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease or having a stroke steadily increases. A possible cause is the accumulation of iron molecules within neurons, which seems to be valid for all vertebrates. Show More Summary

25 Valentines Gifts for Caregivers

By Paula Spencer Scott Alzheimer's Reading Room This Valentine's Day list is for family, relatives and friends of Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers. Attitude in Dementia Care Subscribe to the Alzheimer's Reading Room Email: You could also forward this article to others - hint. Show More Summary

Link identified between nerve cell proteins and middle-age onset dementia

New research identifies a role for neuronal protein interaction in preventing frontotemporal lobar degeneration, a dementia that starts in middle age.

Alzheimer's Patients Can't Make Decisions, So You Must Become Their Guide

It is very common for Alzheimer's (and dementia) patients to say No. There is a simple solution to this problem - become a guide, and if necessary, lend them with your brain. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading RoomOne thing that really frustrates Alzheimer's caregivers is the tendency for most persons living with dementia to say - No. Show More Summary

Cellular quality control process could be Huntington's disease drug target

The loss of motor function and mental acuity associated with Huntington's disease might be treatable by restoring a cellular quality control process, which researchers have identified as a key factor in the degenerative illness.

The 36-Hour Day - A Family Guide to Caring for People Who Have Alzheimer Disease

The 36-Hour Day is an essential resource for families who love and care for people with Alzheimer disease, related dementia, or memory care issues. By Alzheimer's Reading Room This best-selling book is the bible for families caring for...Show More Summary

Exercise Calms Agitation Associated with Dementia and Alzheimer's

Agitation and the ability to function improved in a group of elderly nursing home residents suffering from severe dementia when they engaged in just 30 minutes of supervised exercise three times a week. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading...Show More Summary

Alzheimer's may be linked to defective brain cells spreading disease

Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's may be linked to defective brain cells disposing toxic proteins that make neighboring cells sick, say researchers. These findings could have major implications for neurological disease in humans and possibly be the way that disease can spread in the brain.

Designer compound may untangle damage leading to some dementias

Scientists may be able to prevent and reverse some of the brain injury caused by the toxic form of a protein called tau.

A Caregiver's Valentine Poem

A caregiver is a person who gives help, care and protection to someone who is sick or in need. By Karen Brenner Alzheimer's Reading Room In the case of Alzheimer's care the caring soon becomes a 24 hour a day, seven day a week job. Some...Show More Summary

Alzheimer's disease researchers solve mystery of beguiling protein

Leading neuroscientists have clarified the role of a controversial immune system protein in Alzheimer’s disease, showing it has opposing effects in early and late stages of the disease. Their discovery unites previous studies that left researchers conflicted and showed the protein both exacerbates and ameliorates disease symptoms. Show More Summary

A protein called PERK may be a target for treating progressive supranuclear palsy

The brain disease 'progressive supranuclear palsy' (PSP) is currently incurable and its symptoms can only be eased to a very limited degree. PSP impairs eye movements, locomotion, balance control, and speech. Scientists have now discovered a molecular mechanism that may help in the search for effective treatments.

New algorithms may revolutionize drug discoveries, and our understanding of life

A new set of machine learning algorithms that can generate 3-D structures of tiny protein molecules may revolutionize the development of drug therapies for a range of diseases, from Alzheimer's to cancer.

Scientists utilize innovative neuroimaging approach to unravel complex brain networks

A research team has used an innovative neuroimaging tool to interrogate the complex brain networks and functions.

Brought to our Senses

This is suggested reading for everyone who is engaged in caregiving for a loved one with a dementia. By Carole Larkin Alzheimer's Reading Room Oh no, I thought. Why did I agree to review still another book written by a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s disease? I’m up to my ears with the same old, same old. Show More Summary

With mini-vessels, mini-brains expand research potential

Mini-brains produce networks of capillaries, an important anatomical feature for lab studies of stroke and other circulation-related brain diseases, report invesitagors.

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