Daytime Naps Could Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

By Lynn Allison – Re-Blogged From Newsmax

New research shows that taking naps during the day could lead to increased plaque development associated with Alzheimer’s disease. According to Interesting Engineering, most experts recommend getting a solid eight hours of sleep each night as the magical number to allow the body to recover, encourage mental clarity and boost the immune system.

However, new data shows that trying to make up for a bad night’s sleep by taking naps could be harmful to your mental health.

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Elephants’ Biology May Hold Key to Understanding Alzheimer’s

By Lynn Allison – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Helth

We all know the saying that “elephants never forget.” Well there could be a very good reason why they maintain magnificent memories.

According to an article in Fortune magazine, elephants may hold the key to unlocking the secret cause of Alzheimer’s disease.

Currently, the research varies. Some experts believe that it’s the beta-amyloid proteins that drive the disease by sticking to and eventually killing neurons. Others point to the neurofibrillary tangles, or twisted tau proteins, that accumulate between the neurons in the brain. And many says that both these factors come into play to cause this devastating disease that’s the sixth leading cause of death in America.

New Drug Offers Hope of Alzheimer’s Breakthrough

By HealthDay – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

There have been many setbacks on the long road to finding a treatment that might slow or stop Alzheimer’s disease, but a new trial offers a glimmer of hope.

Researchers report that an experimental drug called BAN2401 slowed mental decline by as much as 30 percent in Alzheimer’s patients. It also appeared to clear away the amyloid protein plaques in the brain that have long been linked to the devastating illness.

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Yale Alzheimer’s Test Directly Measures Synaptic Loss

By Zoe Papadakis – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Yale researchers have developed a test that can directly measure synaptic loss in people with Alzheimer’s disease, EurekaAlert! posted, and it’s being called “a groundbreaking effort.”

By using PET imaging technology to scan for a specific protein in the brain that is linked to the synapses, scientists may have just paved the way for new and ground-breaking treatments for the disease, Yale University announced.

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1 in 9 US Adults Over 45 Reports Memory Problems

By Health Day – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

 If you’re middle-aged and you think you’re losing your memory, you’re not alone, a new U.S. government report shows.

In fact, one in nine Americans aged 45 and older say they are experiencing thinking declines. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, noticing a decline in your mental abilities (“cognitive decline”) is one of the earliest signs of impending Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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Diabetes Drugs May Help Treat Alzheimer’s

By Lynn Allison – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

We may be taking the wrong path to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, several experts say. For many years, scientists believed it was the accumulation of amyloid plaque and protein tangles in the brain cells that caused the dreaded disease.

But according to CNN, even the German physician Alois Alzheimer, who identified the brain changes in his deceased patients, cautioned that scientists should not to jump to the conclusion that these proteins actually caused the disease.

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New Evidence That Viruses May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s

By Associated Press – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer’s, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease.

The findings don’t prove viruses cause Alzheimer’s, nor do they suggest it’s contagious.

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