Posts Tagged ‘Alzheimer’s’

By On January 6th, 2017

Antidepressants May Be Linked To Heightened Risk For Dementia

Antidepressants are one of the most prescribed classes of drugs available, but new Canadian research published in the journal Depression and Anxiety indicates these drugs may be contributing to Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. The findings of the study suggest commonly used SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) such as Prozac may be linked to…


By On May 6th, 2014

Potential Alzheimer’s Disease Blood Test Raises Ethical Concerns

On the surface, the prospect of a simple test that can identify Alzheimer’s disease years before it appears symptomatically seems like a miracle. But, when a promising study was recently announced suggesting one such test may be coming sooner than previously thought, many experts seemed discomforted. Currently, there is no effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.…


By On April 15th, 2014

Gene Variant May Be The Cause of Women’s Higher Alzheimer’s Risk

There have been plenty of theories as to why far more women develop Alzheimer’s disease within their life than men, but a new study suggests our previous ideas may be all wrong. It is still unknown exactly what causes Alzheimer’s, however the study from Stanford University researchers indicates a specific gene variant may increase the…


By On May 21st, 2013

B Vitamins Slow Brain Atrophy, Lower Risk Of Alzheimer’s

One key part of the process that attributes to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease is the atrophy of the brain in certain areas. Research conducted based on a two-year trial may have found a cure for that brain atrophy. John Thomas Didymus, of Digital Journal, reports that researchers concluded that patients taking high doses of…


By On May 13th, 2013

Poor Sleep Quality Linked To Alzheimer’s

Poor sleep quality, specifically what experts refer to as “sleep-wake problems”, are a common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, even in a preclinical stage. This poor sleep quality, which can even be observed in cases of mild cognitive impairment, is believed to be caused by a build up of beta-amyloid in the brain. To expand this…


By On May 7th, 2013

Promising Alzheimer’s Treatment Fails In Trials

Intravenous immunoglobulin, or IVIG, had performed admirably in research being performed by doctors searching for an effective treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. In a phase II trial, IVIG appeared to show an ability to effectively stop the disease’s progression over a three year period. However, in the expanded phase III trial, patients showed no significant improvement…


By On May 6th, 2013

The Trouble With Diagnosing Alzheimer’s

Doctors say the symptoms commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease can often come from other causes. For example, brain tissue damage after a stroke can result in an individual with a very similar outlook as an Alzheimer’s patient. Also, as reported on the CNN Health blog, there are at least five different kinds of brain lesions,…


By On April 30th, 2013

Ritalin To Fight Alzheimer’s Apathy

There are currently no prescription medications capable of stopping memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients, although many trials and studies are being conducted to change that. In the mean time, experts can only treat other symptoms of Alzheimer’s, which include apathy. Paul Taylor, of the Globe and Mail, reports that “up to 70-percent of Alzheimer’s patients can…


By On April 24th, 2013

Revolutionary ALS Treatment Passes Clinical Trial

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, destroys nerves that control muscles. It currently has only one FDA approved medication for treatment, which reportedly has only a marginal effect. Bioscience Technology reports, however, that an investigational new treatment for an inherited form of the disease has passed an early phase clinical trial. The…

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