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Alzheimer’s disease: Could a leaky blood-brain barrier be involved?

A study found that the blood-brain barrier was leakier in a group of people with Alzheimer’s disease than their healthy counterparts. The researchers suggest this means increased brain-barrier permeability may be a key contributor to the early stages of the disease.

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Dementia staff have senses impaired during training to increase understanding of living with condition

Members of Ivy Court Care Home, on Ivy Road, Norwich, donned gloves, glasses, and ear plugs, before entering a room staged to further impair their senses – to give them a taste of the challenges people with the condition face daily.

Michele Saunders, who runs the scheme, said: “We’re immersing them in practical understanding of […]

Brain infections may spark Alzheimer’s, new study suggests

The protein globs that jam brain circuits in people with Alzheimer’s disease may not result from a sloppy surplus, but rather a bacterial battle, a new study suggests.

Previously, researchers assumed that the protein—beta amyloid—was just a junk molecule that piled up. And efforts to cure Alzheimer’s focused on clearing out clogs and banishing beta […]

What’s the best way to talk to someone with Alzheimer’s?

During a routine trip to my local grocery, I ran into an acquaintance I had not seen in more than a year. She looked great and was her typically upbeat, energetic self. We exchanged hellos. I was not prepared for what came next.

“I was recently diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s,” she said.

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A few tips from experts for interacting with Alzheimer’s patients

A few tips from experts for interacting with Alzheimer’s patients:

●There is no point debating a faulty fact or memory. The person with dementia truly believes the statement, so arguing will probably cause only conflict and stress. And even if the patient acquiesces, he or she almost certainly will not recall doing so.

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Funding and support to cure Alzheimer’s are essential

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates there are more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and more than 15 million Alzheimer’s caregivers. As an Alzheimer’s advocate, it is my honor to represent them to our elected officials.

I was honored to participate with 1,200 others from across the country in the 28th annual Alzheimer’s […]

Is there a drug-free treatment for Alzheimer’s

A SEARCH is underway for healthy seniors willing to join a University of the Sunshine Coast research project to find a drug-free treatment for dementia.

But there’s a catch.

They must be over 60 and complete novices at computer-based brain training and mindfulness.

USC’s Associate Professor of Neuropsychology and Mental Health, Mathew Summers, said 60 […]

Millennials’ Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease

If you’re in your 20s, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about Alzheimer’s disease. Like most people, you think it’s an old person’s illness – definitely not something you need to worry about for years to come. However, as your parents and grandparents age, odds are you will be close enough to someone with […]

Will heart medication help treat Alzheimer’s disease?

Together with German and Italian colleagues, the Örebro researchers have uncovered how a previously unknown mechanism is the cause of rapid build-up of plaque in blood vessels in the brain. Trials involving mice have therefore been performed to establish whether a specific heart drug is able to reduce plaque formation.

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Dementia Friends: How to make a difference to someone living with dementia

NOBODY can get into the mind-set of someone living with dementia. But Jane Gilby puts it as well as humanly possible when she gives us analogies of how life can be incredibly scary, frustrating and lonely for someone with the disease.

When invited to be part of a dementia friend session run by Jane, the […]