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‘Headed down the wrong road’: The quest for precision medicine distracts us from what already works

The dominance of genomics in biomedical research today is driven by scientific theory and opportunity, but it is pushing science ...
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Searching for the ‘big break’ that could turn stem cells into a weapon against dementia

Recent developments in stem cell research suggest a radical shift in the way we diagnose and treat dementia ...
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Genetic mutations may provide natural defense against Alzheimer’s

A set of genetic mutations may protect against Alzheimer’s, research suggests. The memory-robbing disease is poorly understood, with few known ...
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Dementia’s ‘biological weak spot’: A single mutation helped this woman evade Alzheimer’s for decades

A cruel twist of genetic fate brought Alzheimer’s disease to a sprawling Colombian family. But thanks to a second twist, ...
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Gene therapy for Alzheimer’s? Biotech startup suggests new approach, using dementia ‘off switch’

What if there were a single mechanism in the brain that, when faulty, leads to all kinds of dementias? And ...
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Podcast: Recovering memories through song: Could this be a ‘standard of care’ for dementia patients?

PATTI NEIGHMOND, BYLINE: The connection between music and memory was a life-changing experience for Nancy Gustafson, a retired opera singer ...
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Anxiety in dementia patients is often ‘overlooked, underestimated and not identified’

It’s not uncommon for people with dementia to roam around a lot and to be very restless, both day and ...
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Why finding a blood test for Alzheimer’s could be the key to new treatments

Alzheimer’s patients who were at earlier stages of the disease did better than those with more advanced cognitive decline [in ...
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Staving off dementia through lifestyle changes, including exercise, weight loss

When it comes to battling dementia, the unfortunate news is this: Medications have proven ineffective at curing or stopping the ...
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Can we slow the progression of Alzheimer’s by seeding our guts with ‘better’ bacteria?

Male — but not female — mice had reduced amyloid beta plaques in the brain after antibiotic treatment ...
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Could blood from babies’ umbilical cords rejuvenate our grandparents’ brains?

Protein in umbilical cord blood rejuvenates cells in the brain’s memory center, improving learning and memory in aging mice. Could ...
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Experimental blood tests for Alzheimer’s could boost research, treatment of the disease

Narrowing in on diagnostic biomarkers could make an illusive disease easier to catch early ...
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Just one head injury could ‘tangle’ proteins in the brain, leading to Alzheimer’s

A single serious knock to the skull could be all it takes to develop the nerve damage thought to be ...
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Increased dementia risk linked to high blood pressure during middle age

Controlling high blood pressure during middle age may help stave off dementia later in life. In a long-term study, researchers ...
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Alzheimer’s disease and drowsiness: Link could help us determine where the disease first attacks the brain

Alzheimer’s disease destroys command centers in the brain that keep people awake. That finding could explain why the disease often ...
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Dementia patients often have lucid moments. Can these ‘awakenings’ help us treat Alzheimer’s and other diseases?

An elderly woman suffering from late-stage Alzheimer’s disease had neither talked to nor reacted to any of her family members ...
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Dementia symptoms linked to class of drugs used for wide range of conditions in the elderly, including insomnia, asthma

An estimated 1 in 4 older adults take anticholinergic drugs — a wide-ranging class of medications used to treat allergies, ...
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Frequent errors with popular dementia test prompt review, new training requirements

Dr. Ronny Jackson, then the White House physician, gave Donald Trump a standard test to detect early signs of dementia ...
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Do bilinguals have a lower risk of developing dementia?

If the benefits of being bilingual spill over to other aspects of cognition, then we would expect to see a ...
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LGBT people may have higher risk for Alzheimer’s, dementia. Are social stressors to blame?

LGBT Americans report increased rates of memory loss and confusion — two early signs of dementia — compared to their ...
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Dementia warning signs: Unpaid bills, inappropriate comments, weight changes, reminders for simple tasks

What is attributable to normal aging as opposed to cognitive decline associated with dementia?  It is common to misplace keys ...
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Diet and dementia: Is fast food really ‘eating away your brain’?

Nutrition studies on Alzheimer's conclude that diet might affect brain health. Beware of media spins that claim more ...
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Drugs used for depression, epilepsy may increase risk of dementia, study shows

Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia.  A study published in ...
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After another promising Alzheimer’s drug trial fails, we have to ask: Are we on the right path to a cure?

As trial after trial of beta-amyloid drugs fail, there's a possibility that Alzheimer's researchers have the wrong target ...
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Newly identified type of dementia could be ‘more common than Alzheimer’s’

Doctors have newly outlined a type of dementia that could be more common than Alzheimer's among the oldest adults, according ...
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Viewpoint: To cure Alzheimer’s we need to think big—like the Manhattan Project

Figuring out the pieces to the Alzheimer’s puzzle ...
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Can the flu cause Parkinson’s and other brain disorders?

One of the earliest links between influenza and neural dysfunction was a correlation between the 1918 Spanish flu, caused by ...
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Gene therapy could offer ‘one-time genetic tune-up’ for Alzheimer’s patients

No one knows for certain what causes Alzheimer’s disease. But one fact about the condition has gained nearly irrefutable status ...