Back in September, researchers in the UK discovered that brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s may be transmissible through certain medical procedures. Skeptical scientists urged caution, but now a different set of autopsy results have shown the same thing.
Every year, more people over the age of 65 are suffering from dementia. Researchers are still searching for a cause, but a new study offers a fascinating possibility: some cases of Alzheimer’s may be linked to a simple brain fungus.
A new study indicates that patients in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's might be able to regain memories previously thought to be permanently destroyed. Find out where "memory" is stored, and how it might come back if it's lost.
Researchers from Genetech have developed a new way to deliver drugs across the blood-brain barrier. The new technique — not to be confused with another recent method — uses a double-sided antibody that targets enzymes of a harmful degenerative protein in monkeys. Delivering molecules in this way could assist in the…
Memory and reality collide in Where Do Lilacs Come From, a gorgeously shot, aching short film that attempts to see life from the perspective of an Alzheimer's sufferer as he tries to understand the world around him while his past constantly intrudes.
Yesterday, Seth Rogen testified before a Senate subcommittee, pleading for more awareness of and support for Alzheimer's research. It was — like most things Rogen does — endearing as hell. But unlike the characters Rogen typically plays, it was also brave, altruistic, and kind of badass.
Scientists have just discovered a chemical that prevents the death of brain tissue from neurodegenerative disease. The breakthrough is being called a "turning point" in the struggle to defeat a number of aged-related disorders, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
The brain, as any neuroscientist will tell you, is still in many ways an undiscovered country. But now our maps of that country just got a lot better. Researchers at University of Rochester Medical Center have just published a paper detailing what they call the brain's built-in drainage system. It turns out that…
A surprising number of studies are showing how important exercise is to staving off the effects of aging, including cognitive decline. What these discussions never include, however, are descriptions of the types of exercise that get the best results. And this vagueness, plus fears of having elderly people engage in…
We already know that not getting enough sleep can be bad for you. And now there's another reason to worry if you're getting sleep-deprived: People who have trouble sleeping may be at higher risk for developing Alzheimer's Disease later on.
We've known for a long time that air pollution is bad for your body, including your heart. But now, we're learning it might be messing up your brain, too.
It's rare to get any good news associated with reports of Alzheimer's disease, but neuroscientists have just released word that one drug is dramatically reducing symptoms. It seems to do this by dissolving a protein that builds up in the brain — and it manages to create major improvements within days.
People attempting the arduous task of quitting smoking often turn to "nicotine replacement therapies" like patches and gum. These help with the physical aspect of withdrawal and the whole "quitting the actual smoking" part. Well, that's the theory anyway. According to a new study published in the journal Tobacco…
For centuries, we've used a dye derived from lichens to provide the red coloring for food and fabrics. This dye contains a compound called orcein, and we've just discovered its most remarkable property: it can fight Alzheimer's disease.
Buff moms make for healthy babies. Exercise during pregnancy has been shown to have numerous benefits for mother and child alike, and now new research suggests that exercising during pregnancy could even protect your child from developing neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease, later in life.
Psychologists in the Netherlands have documented the case of a 58-year-old woman who was misdiagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Her condition deteriorated to the point where she became permanently confused, and at one point suicidal — before another doctor realized the diagnosis was incorrect.
While red food dye may still be a problem in young humans, for roundworms a commonly used lab dye remarkably increases their longevity. Basic Yellow 1, aka Thioflavin T is used in laboratories around the world. Apparently, for the commonly experimented on worm C. elegens, it provides a substantial lifespan boost.…
A 91-year-old man suffering from dementia gets offered a new drug that gives him a stark choice, in Walter Mosley's new novel. Are we finally going to get an Alzheimer's disease novel to compete with Vernor Vinge's Rainbow's End? Spoilers...
Alzheimer's disease is caused in part by a build-up of protein debris in the brain. Scientists already knew that this protein debris, called amyloid peptides, is infectious. But now it turns out that it's easier to catch than they thought.
It's bad enough news that Eli Lilly & Co. pulled the plug on an experimental Alzheimer's Disease drug, semagacestat, after dreadful clinical trials. But Lilly's failure makes it more likely Alzheimer's treatment research has been going down a blind alley.