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Overweight Middle-Aged Adults Are At Greater Risk For Cognitive Decline In Later Life

Overweight Middle-Aged Adults Are At Greater Risk For Cognitive Decline In Later Life

The adverse affects of being overweight are not limited to physical function but also extend to neurological function, according to research in the latest issue of the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological and Medical Sciences (Volume 65A, Number 1). The publication presents a collection of ten articles highlighting new findings related to obesity in […]

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These Easter Island monoliths have endured for centuries. New research from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio shows that rapamycin, a compound discovered in the island's soil, rescued learning and memory in mice with Alzheimer's disease-like deficits.  Credit: Image copyright Happy Alex, 2009)

Rapamycin Rescues Learning And Memory In An Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Model

Rapamycin, a drug that keeps the immune system from attacking transplanted organs, may have another exciting use: fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Rapamycin rescued learning and memory deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s, a team from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio reported Tuesday (Feb. 23). The study, in the Journal of […]

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Penn Study Finds That Three Brain Diseases Are Linked By A Toxic Form Of The Same Neural Protein

For the first time, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that three different degenerative brain disorders are linked by a toxic form of the same protein. The protein, called Elk-1, was found in clumps of misshaped proteins that are the hallmarks of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and Huntington’s disease. (continue […]

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UCLA Researchers Image Earliest Signs Of Alzheimer’s Disease – Even Before Symptoms Appear

Estimates are that some 10 percent of people over the age of 65 will develop Alzheimer’s disease, the scourge that robs people of their memories and, ultimately, their lives. While researchers race to find both the cause and the cure, others are moving just as fast to find the earliest signs that will predict an […]

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Study Shows Cigarette Smoking A Risk Factor For Alzheimer’s Disease

I am pleased to present reason #1,555,233 not to smoke cigarettes (yes, I made that up, but the point hits home). A UCSF analysis of published studies on the relationship between Alzheimer’s disease and smoking indicates that smoking cigarettes is a significant risk factor for the disabling disease. After controlling for study design, quality of […]

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Researchers Identify Proteins That Might Contribute To Memory Loss And Alzheimer’s Disease

A scientific group led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have identified three kinases, or proteins, that dismantle connections within brain cells, which may lead to memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. These findings, the results of a multi-year TGen study, are published in this month’s edition of BMC Genomics in a paper titled: […]

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