Blood test could detect Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear

(Tim Newman/ Medical News Today) — A group of researchers is close to developing a blood test that can detect Alzheimer’s disease long before symptoms appear. The test will be extremely useful for scientists trying to understand and treat the condition. One of the major issues that hamper Alzheimer’s research is that the disease is […]

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It’s not just in the genes: the foods that can help and harm your brain

Our diet has a huge effect on our brain and our mental wellbeing, even protecting against dementia. So, what should be on the menu? (Lisa Mosconi/ The Guardian) — As a society, we are used to the idea that we feed our bodies, and that our diet shapes our waistlines. But many of us forget that […]

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Alzheimer’s-related brain changes could start at 40

(Honor Whiteman/ Medical News Today) —  Scientists may have advanced our understanding of the brain mechanisms behind Alzheimer’s disease, after uncovering a process that precedes the buildup of toxic proteins that is a hallmark of the condition. In a mouse study, scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles reveal how damage […]

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McGill researchers discover non-invasive method to detect Alzheimer’s

(McGill University news release) — New research has drawn a link between changes in the brain’s anatomy and biomarkers that are known to appear at the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), findings that could one day provide a sensitive but non-invasive test for AD before cognitive symptoms appear. Scientists have known for some time […]

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Caring for my father through the ravages of Alzheimer’s

(Sherie Posesorski/ Special to the Toronto Star) — My father, Irving Posesorski, worked long hours as a spring assembler in a mattress factory. Every weeknight I would kneel on the living room couch, looking out the front window eagerly waiting for him to come walking up the street. At his first glimpse of me, he would […]

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Dream disorders could be early indicator of future brain disease

(Tom Hale/ IFL Science) — A new piece of research has found a strange and surprising connection between dreaming and a whole bunch of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and Lewy bodies dementia. Speaking at the 2017 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting, Dr John Peever of the University of Toronto explained how his team discovered that Rapid Eye […]

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Sniffing out dementia with a simple smell test

(Catharine Paddock/ Medical News Today) — In a study that followed almost 3,000 older people with normal cognition, researchers found that a simple smell test was able to identify those at higher risk of dementia. Senior author Jayant M. Pinto, a professor of surgery at the University of Chicago in Illinois, and colleagues report their […]

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AI could spot Alzheimer’s in MRI scans up to a decade before symptoms show

New research from Italy suggests an algorithm can be trained to spot changes in the brain linked to the disease (BT.com) — Artificial intelligence can be trained to spot structural changes in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s disease nearly 10 years before doctors can diagnose it through symptoms, researchers claim. According to New Scientist, a […]

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