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2 August 2017

For White Middle Class, Moderate Drinking Is Linked to Cognitive Health in Old Age

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Older adults who consume alcohol moderately on a regular basis are more likely to live to the age of 85 without dementia or other cognitive impairments than non-drinkers, according to a University of California San Diego School of Medicine-led study. The findings are published in the August issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

1 August 2017

Vascular Risk Factors and Alzheimer's Disease: A New Therapeutic Opportunity?

Currently, no possibility exists to reliably quantify the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) onset in the general population and in subjects with mild cognitive impairment. Metabolic and genetic factors involved in increasing the probability of developing dementia have already been identified. Some vascular risk factors, as hypertension, dyslipidaemia, diabetes or smoking can cause a derangement in extra or intracranial vessels architecture, which can be responsible for an early aging of the brain. However, reliable tools for early identification of subjects at greater risk of evolution from mild cognitive impairment to AD are not available.

6 July 2017

UVA Study Focuses on ‘Speed Bumps’ Protecting Against Alzheimer’s Disease

George Bloom

Dedicated to the study of Alzheimer’s disease, University of Virginia biology professor George Bloom’s lab has spent the last decade working to expand the scientific community’s still-primitive understanding of the disease’s underlying biology. A recently published study from Bloom’s lab is helping to solve one of the devastating brain disorder’s underlying mysteries, explaining how certain proteins convert previously healthy nerve cells into neurons afflicted with Alzheimer’s.

28 June 2017

Anti-Epilepsy Drug Restores Normal Brain Activity in Mild Alzheimer’s disease

Daniel Press, MD

In the last decade, mounting evidence has linked seizure-like activity in the brain to some of the cognitive decline seen in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have an increased risk of epilepsy and nearly half may experience subclinical epileptic activity – disrupted electrical activity in the brain that doesn’t result in a seizure but which can be measured by electroencephalogram (EEG) or other brain scan technology.

27 June 2017

Shi-Jiang Li, PhD, Receives 2017 Alzheimer Award

Shi-Jiang Li, PhD

JAD is pleased to announce that Shi-Jiang Li, PhD, Professor of Biophysics, Radiology, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 Alzheimer Award. It has been presented by the journal in recognition of his outstanding work on the development of the CARE index, potentially a significant new tool in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that can be used to characterize risks associated with AD stages and quantify disease severity on an individual subject basis.

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