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The Lancet Neurology Preclinical Neurodegenerative Disease Conference

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The clinical symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases can arise decades after the onset of neuronal damage. By the time the patient receives a diagnosis, it might be too late to intervene and modify the advanced pathological state of disease. Researchers are now focusing on preventing and stopping the pathological processes in the brain at an earlier, asymptomatic state. This conference aims ...

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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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This three day international academic congress will bring to light the current research and treatments being developed for Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s Disease has been recognised as the most prevalent form of dementia; an ever-growing issue in an ageing society. Over three days the Alzheimer’s Disease summit will discuss many aspects of disease progression, development and treatment in an informal academic ...

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Genomics of Brain Disorders

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Psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression, and neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, are placing an increasing burden on the developed world.  Technical advances over the past five years, including genome-wide association studies and new generation sequencing studies, have led to the discovery of many predisposing loci for both psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. This meeting will ...

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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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