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The latest news on Alzheimer’s Disease and Research can be complicated and very technical making it difficult to understand. I am going to highlight some of the latest news articles that are important. I am going to comment on some that are extremely technical and written for medical Providers. I hope to help you understand what is being done in research and the development of potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.


“We Back Pat” Week Will Raise Awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:29:00 GMT

Officials at The Pat Summitt Foundation expressed today their appreciation to the Southeastern Conference (SEC), Commissioner Mike Slive and all its member institutions for their support of the organization’s mission.

My comments: Pat Summitt was the well-known women’s basketball coach of the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer basketball team that on August 22, 2011,  bravely revealed the toughest opponent she will ever have to battle, early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. She does fund raising to help research for Alzheimer’s. Please visit her website here and read what her Foundation is doing.

Test For Alzheimer’s Disease « CBS Pittsburgh Mon, 13 Jan 2014 19:56:37 GMT

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With more and more people being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, doctors say it’s critical to identify problems with memory and thinking as soon as possible. A simple test could help spot the early 

My Comments: This is an excellent start. The test is designed for people that are concerned that they have memory loss problems. It is very detailed and somewhat complex so an individual with an existing diagnosis of dementia should not be made to take this test. Please understand that you should not score this yourself, instead, take it to your Primary Care Provider and ask them to review and score it. Be sure to take the link to the test to your Provider in case they are not familiar with it.

Advice for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer’s Disease Thu, 16 Jan 2014 05:00:00 GMT

In 2012, 15.4 million family members and friends provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. With the growing number of people caring 


Study: Vitamin E Could Slow Progression Of Alzheimer’s Disease Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:57:05 GMT

Vitamin E has already been credited with helping to keep your skin beautiful and preventing strokes. Now there’s evidence it could help slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

My Comment:  Here’s the scoop, VA researchers did a study of using Vitamin E, Memantine (drug used in Alzheimer’s) and both combined. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that Vitamin E alone was better than memantine alone — and it was better even when the two were combined. Remember, Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin and you should not take extremely high doses. The study used 2000 IU of Vitamin E combined with 20 mg Memantine (prescription medication). As always, discuss this with your PCP before proceeding as there are always drug to drug interactions.

Alzheimer’s disease is not just memory loss | Voxxi Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:39:54 GMT

The Alzheimer’s Association reports more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease,

My comment: Good article, covers the Alzheimer’s statistics.

New Biosensor Detects Early Indicator of Alzheimer’s Disease Wed, 08 Jan 2014 15:36:03 GMT

Researchers at the University of Leeds have developed a biosensor that can detect very small quantities of amyloid-beta clusters, which could open the door to future blood tests for Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists at the 

My comments: This is EXCITING!!!  We may have a blood test that measures harmful clusters of the protein called amyloid-beta which is the early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease. This is HUGE!!!!

Johnson & Johnson’s Quest For Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:54:00 GMT

Johnson & Johnson’s (JNJ) recently announced collaboration with Evotec for developing novel Alzheimer disease therapies underscores the company’s growing.

My comments: J&J made a wise decision to enter into this arena. this will be interesting to watch.

Shedding Light on a New Mechanism Behind Alzheimer’s Disease Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:16:42 GMT

New findings about a key enzyme in the development of Alzheimer’s could point to new way of targeting an important protein for therapies.

My comments: Let me explain what has happened which is very interesting. It is beta amyloid (a protein) that causes the formation of the plaques found in the brain of people with Alzheimer’s. Now, an enzyme has been identified that is responsible for a key step in the formation of beta amyloid. It has been named BACE1 (Beta-secretase 1). Not only that, but the team also was able to identify the path this enzyme takes and where it accumulates that causes the production of beta amyloid. This is a tremendous discovery and will no doubt lead to the development of drugs that could possibly prevent this enzyme from forming beta amyloid or in an ideal world, totally eliminate this enyzme production.


Neuron regeneration may help sufferers of brain injury, Alzheimer’s Thu, 19 Dec 2013 18:05:00 GMT

Researchers at Penn State have developed an innovative technology to regenerate functional neurons after brain injury, and also in model systems used for research on Alzheimer’s disease. The scientists have used 

My comments: Very interesting work. This is a well written article that should be easy to understand the general prinicple behind this work.

Stem cell research identifies new gene targets in patients with Fri, 10 Jan 2014 00:25:33 GMT

Using this stem cell model, researchers identified fourteen genes that may be implicated in the disease and one gene in particular that shows the importance that inflammation may play in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients.

My comments: Very in depth, scientific article that basically gives us hope for the future of drugs aimed at certain genes that when passed on to children cause the development of Alzheimer’s. Please understand this is a crucial first step in a long road to the development of such drugs. This involves the use of stem cells.


2013 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures – Price County Daily Wed, 22 Jan 2014 21:40:03 GMT

2013 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figuresPrice County Daily2013 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures. Story · Comments. Print: Create a hardcopy of this page; Font Size: Default font size: Larger font size. Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 201 …

My comments: the latest statistics about Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Fish on the brain: Can eating it keep Alzheimer’s at bay? – USA TODAY Wed, 22 Jan 2014 22:24:00 GMT

Daily MailFish on the brain: Can eating it keep Alzheimer’s at bay?USA TODAYRonald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, says there have been conflicting reports on this topic but this latest research “would sugge …


My comments: A healthy diet is indicated for all of us. Nothing real definitive in terms of long term affects, but a good article to read.


Cleveland Clinic researchers discover new brain protein linked to Alzheimer’s – Plain Dealer Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:07:52 GMT

India.Com Health Cleveland Clinic researchers discover new brain protein linked to Alzheimer’s Plain Dealer Cleveland Clinic researchers have identified a protein, Neuroligin-1, which in animal models of Alzheimer’s disease was implicated in the memory …


My comments:  Easy article to understand. It talks about a brain protein called Neuroligin-1 (NLGN1). Again, exciting studies going on in the battle against Alzheimer’s.

Hope you found this information and my comments useful.

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