Poor protein control key to Alzheimer's progression

Despite decades of research, the molecular mechanisms behind Alzheimer's disease are poorly understood. New research investigating the pattern of protein build-up in Alzheimer's brains may open the door to a deeper understanding. Alzheimers is the most common form of dementia, with an estimated 5 million Americans living with the disease today. It is a progressive condition, normally appearing...

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Could memory loss be reversed with a common painkiller?

Researchers have spent decades trying to find new, effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease, but new research suggests the answer may reside in an existing painkiller commonly used to treat menstrual cramps. In a study published the journal Nature Communications, researchers reveal how the drug mefenamic acid reversed memory loss in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease by reducing brain...

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Pre-dementia memory loss improved with acupuncture

Acupuncture appears to be effective for the mild cognitive impairment that is a precursor for dementia, when used as an alternative or in combination with other treatment, a new study finds. The review of available published evidence and presented in Acupuncture in Medicine shows promise for clinical effectiveness and safety of acupuncture use for the pre-dementia state. However, the authors...

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Mediterranean diet may slow cognitive decline, prevent Alzheimer's

A new review concludes that a Mediterranean diet is good for the brain, after finding that people who follow the diet are less likely to experience cognitive decline and develop Alzheimer's disease. Lead author Roy Hardman, from the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, and his team publish their findings in the journal Frontiers in...

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Study sheds light on link between cholesterol and diabetes

The slight increase in risk of developing type 2 diabetes during statin treatment may actually be a consequence of having lowered cholesterol, rather than a direct effect of the drug, according to research funded by the British Heart Foundation. The genetic study found that people with genes predisposing them to having lower levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, had a decreased...

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How to Spot the Signs and Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is also commonly known as manic depression or manic-depressive disorder. It is a long-term mental disorder that causes people to cycle between different moods and energy levels. These shifts in mood tend to range from feelings of being extremely happy and elated with a lot of energy and feelings of being down and depressed. These are known as manic episodes and depressive...

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Prebiotics could help treat exercise-induced asthma

Promoting beneficial gut bacteria through the use of prebiotics could help ease asthma caused by physical activity, shows a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Asthma is one of the most common respiratory conditions in the United States, affecting around 17.7 million adults and 6.3 million children. The condition is characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways,...

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Brain aging accelerated by 10 years with midlife overweight, obesity

Being overweight or obese in midlife may age the brain by around 10 years. This is the finding of a new study led by researchers from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Published in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, the study revealed that middle-aged adults who were overweight had reduced white matter volume in the brain, compared with their lean counterparts. The research team...

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