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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Alzheimer's and Dementia News 133


Misbehaving Protein, Chores, ‘Catastrophic’ Brain Injuries, Brain Networks, Change

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Can Household Chores Help Prevent Alzheimer’s -- Time?
The study, which was published this week in the journal Neurology, included 716 dementia-free men and women in their 70s and 80s. Compared with the most active people, those with the lowest levels of overall physical activity had more than double the risk of going on to develop Alzheimer’s.
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Misbehaving Protein May Provide Clue to Alzheimer’s Drug -- Bloomberg
Cholesterol-lowering statins like Pfizer Inc. (PFE)’s Lipitor work to prevent heart attacks, which damage heart muscle in ways that can’t be repaired, Vedruscolo said. Similarly, in Alzheimer’s disease, a drug targeted at preventing the characteristic abnormal proteins of the disease may ward off brain cell death and resulting memory loss.
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Alzheimer’s plaques disrupt brain networks
The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, is among the first to precisely quantify the effects of Alzheimer’s disease plaques on brain networks in an animal model. Until now, scientists studying Alzheimer’s in animals have generally been limited to assessments of structural brain damage and analyses of brain cell activity levels.
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Something Had to Change
As I think about this, I am also reminded of the enormous amount of negative feelings and thoughts I had before I found the path to joy. The burden when you receive the verdict, dementia, is enormous.
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‘Catastrophic’ Brain Injuries Rise Among High School Football Players
A growing number of football players, especially in high school, are suffering from catastrophic brain injuries like subdural hematomas (blood on the brain), according to a report out this week from the University of North Carolina.
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Alzheimer's Reading -- Paper.li
Current headline about Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
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For Elders With Dementia, Musical Awakenings -- NPR


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