Deep brain stimulation may help treat Alzheimer’s disease: Study

With the rising battle against Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the condition gripping more and more people across the world, researchers are increasingly focusing on developing innovative ways to tackle the debilitating condition. Recently, a team of neurosurgeons from Toronto Western Hospital attempted to study the potential of deep brain stimulation (DBS) in treating the condition and found it to be safe for patients with early AD. Continue reading

Scientists identify genes responsible for protection against neurodegenerative diseases

It is difficult to recover completely from certain disorders pertaining to mind and nervous system. In the pursuit to understand the causes of such diseases and to find their effective treatment, a recent study claimed to have identified the root cause of neurodegenerative diseases. The study, titled “UBQLN2 Mediates Autophagy-Independent Protein Aggregate Clearance by the Proteasome,” is based on the premise that removal of misfolded and aggregated proteins is necessary for survival of cells.

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Stress may up risk of Alzheimer’s in elderly: Study

At times, stress can push the elderly people into the gloomy world of depression, whereas for others, it may mean a gradual decline of cognitive abilities. In both the situations, the sufferers are two times more susceptible to suffer from amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI). Decreased cognitive function can be a precursor to a full-blown Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the elderly people who remain constantly worried, says a recent study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefiore Health System who wanted to understand if the Continue reading

Algorithm using patient’s details can help predict dementia prior to its onset: Study

Approximately 5.3 million Americans of all ages suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in 2015, according to the Alzheimer’s Association in America. The figure is important because the disease has been identified as one of the most common causes of dementia. The disease that roughly accounts for an estimated 60 to 80 percent cases of dementia affects nearly one in nine people aged 65 and older in the country. Continue reading

Blood pressure medication slows Alzheimer’s progression, suggests research

Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the country, and is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured, or even slowed. Looking at the severity of the disease, a recent study surely gives hope to the millions of Alzheimer’s patients. Continue reading

Nourishing the mind and body benefits generations to come

The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) reports that recent evidence suggests the importance of good nutrition as a benefit to mental health. The evidence linking the two is growing and includes the effect of good nutrition on both short-term and long-term mental health. The development, management and prevention of specific conditions such as depression, schizophrenia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and Alzheimer’s disease are all affected by diet.

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