Tau Proteins Very Similar To Prions

Prion Science Still Unfolding Neurodegenerative disease is the fastest-growing cause of death in the world. Prion disease is responsible for the vast majority of the surge in humans and other mammals. Professor Goedert, a program leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, believes our best hope of fighting dementia requires predicting who […]

Key Proteins Found In Early Phases Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Tau, Amyloid Detection Could Improve Diagnostic Capabilities Researchers from Aberdeen have identified changes in the brains of those suffering early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. A University of Aberdeen study confirmed for the first time that two proteins, assumed to contribute to the disease process, are both present at very early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Both are present in […]

Visual Test Can Distinguish Alzheimer’s Disease from Normal Aging

Visual Cognition Key To Early Diagnosis Researchers have developed a new cognitive test that can better determine whether memory impairments are due to very mild Alzheimer’s disease or the normal aging process. The simple test asks subjects to determine if circles containing certain designs match each other, which exercises the hippocampus portion of their brain. […]

Early Detection Of Alzheimer’s Disease Improved With Imaging Breakthrough

Early Detection Could Improve Treatment For Alzheimer’s Disease Using high-resolution functional MRI (fMRI) imaging in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and in mouse models of the disease, Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have clarified three fundamental issues about Alzheimer’s disease — where it starts, why it starts there and how it spreads. In addition to advancing understanding […]

G8 Dementia Summit Issues Declaration

International Leaders Hold Emergency Meeting On Dementia Epidemic We, the G8 Health Ministers, met at the G8 Dementia Summit in London on 11 December 2013 to discuss how to shape an effective international response to dementia. We acknowledge the ongoing work occurring in our countries and globally to identify dementia as a major disease burden […]

Dementia Researchers Ask To Make Epidemic Immediate Priority

Neurodegenerative Diseases Spreading Fast The suffering and costs of dementia would be reduced by preventative measures if the Group of Eight nations adopt a model that has worked in fighting heart disease, a group of doctors and scientists said. The unstoppable epidemic already has 44 million people in it’s grasp and its spreading rapidly. “About […]

Alzheimer’s Disease Could Sink Global Economies

Neurodegenerative Disease Rising Globally John Kauwe, assistant professor of biology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University, delivered a sobering presentation about the myths of Alzheimer’s disease at Weber Human Services on Friday afternoon. The talk, hosted by the Utah chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, stressed the dire need for funding of Alzheimer’s disease research as […]

Alzheimer’s Epidemic Escalating In Most Countries

Numerous Causes Triggering Neurodegenerative Disease A new government-funded report confirms what advocacy groups have been warning for years: The number of people in the USA with Alzheimer’s disease will almost triple by 2050, straining the health care system and taxing the health of caregivers. Numbers are projected to rise from about 5 million now to 13.8 […]

Neurodegenerative Diseases Closely Related

Alzheimer’s Part Of Deadly TSE Family It’s not clear how the tangles of the protein tau commonly seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease spread throughout the brain in the course of disease—and to a modest extent in ordinary aging. But European researchers recently described an experiment in transgenic mice in which extracts containing tau tangles appeared to […]