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Why eating a Mediterranean diet could slow down cognitive decline


While most of us have heard of the benefits of eating a Mediterranean diet for weight loss and our general health, many researchers believe that this kind of eating plan could also work wonders for slowing down the rate of cognitive decline. In fact, a new research study carried out by Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne suggests that not only do people ...

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Designer protein created which may offer new hope for finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s


Scientists from the University of Sussex have designed a new protein which may give us a better understanding of why nerve cells die in people with Alzheimer’s disease. It’s already known that people with Alzheimer’s disease have an accumulation of sticky amyloid beta proteins which clump together to form fibrils within the brain. It’s this build-up that causes the brain ...

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Could it be possible to detect the early stages of Alzheimer’s with a smell test?


Researchers in the United States have suggested that it may be possible to predict cognitive decline and detect the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease with a simple, low-cost smell test. By using the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT), it was discovered that low scores on this test were significantly associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The team, which ...

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Will there soon be a vaccine for Alzheimer’s?

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Researchers from the US and Australia have just made a breakthrough in developing a possible vaccine for Alzheimer’s that targets the pathological proteins associated with the disease. As over 7.5 million new cases of Alzheimer’s are diagnosed each year, it’s more important than ever to find treatments that can either prevent or cure the disease, particularly as Alzheimer’s is the ...

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Diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease with a long-term memory test


Scientists from the University of Edinburgh have used a combination of neuroimaging and long-term memory tests which could prove successful in making an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. This means that people with Alzheimer’s may be able to benefit from a much earlier diagnosis, and thus receive the treatment that they need. By testing memory over a long period of time, ...

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Could the time we spend on computers indicate our likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s?

Scientists at Oregon Health and Science University have just completed the first part of a study which indicates that the amount of time we use our home computers may help scientists to detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease before the patients exhibit any symptoms of cognitive decline. The study, which is scheduled for publication in a future edition of the Journal ...

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Could Blueberries Ward off Alzheimer’s?


The humble blueberry has already been credited with having the potential to lower the risk of both heart disease and cancer, but now it seems that it could also have beneficial effects for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Currently the subject of many tests, blueberries have been labelled as a ‘super fruit’ as they’re packed full of antioxidants which are believed ...

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Could A Nutritional Drink Help to Conserve The Memory For Some Alzheimer’s Patients?

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Following a two-year EU funded study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland, we could be a step closer to finding ways to conserve the memory of some patients with Alzheimer’s disease. By giving patients a daily nutritional drink, researchers have been able to aid memory and cognitive issues, and help participants to perform everyday tasks. Furthermore, it’s been ...

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Major Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease Identified


An international team of scientists have identified two specific types of bacteria and a specific virus as major causes of Alzheimer’s disease. Their research, was has just been published online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease, not only indicates that certain microbes have a major part to play, but that further research is vital to trial anti-microbial treatments for the ...

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More Precise Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Possible Through A New Antibody Tracer


Researchers from the PET Centre at Uppsala University and Uppsala University Hospital have successfully passed an antibody through the blood-brain barrier, which can act as a tracer for PET scans of the brain to enable more precise information than that obtained with current radioactive tracers. By using this, the team hopes that they’ll be able to more effectively diagnose the ...

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