Alzheimer's Patients May Someday Be Able to Regain Lost Memories

A new study indicates that patients in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's might be able to regain memories previously thought to be permanently destroyed. Find out where "memory" is stored, and how it might come back if it's lost. » 12/21/14 2:00pm 12/21/14 2:00pm

Researchers from Genetech have developed a new way to deliver drugs across the blood-brain barrier. The new technique — not to be confused with another recent method — uses a double-sided antibody that targets enzymes of a harmful degenerative protein in monkeys. Delivering molecules in this way could assist in the… » 11/05/14 7:00pm 11/05/14 7:00pm

Heartbreaking Film Told From The Perspective Of A Man With Alzheimer's

Memory and reality collide in Where Do Lilacs Come From, a gorgeously shot, aching short film that attempts to see life from the perspective of an Alzheimer's sufferer as he tries to understand the world around him while his past constantly intrudes. » 7/22/14 4:00pm 7/22/14 4:00pm

Seth Rogen's Congressional Alzheimer's Testimony Is Goddamn Delightful

Yesterday, Seth Rogen testified before a Senate subcommittee, pleading for more awareness of and support for Alzheimer's research. It was — like most things Rogen does — endearing as hell. But unlike the characters Rogen typically plays, it was also brave, altruistic, and kind of badass. » 2/27/14 11:30am 2/27/14 11:30am

The First Evidence That Alzheimer's Can Be Thwarted With A Pill

Scientists have just discovered a chemical that prevents the death of brain tissue from neurodegenerative disease. The breakthrough is being called a "turning point" in the struggle to defeat a number of aged-related disorders, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. » 10/10/13 1:30pm 10/10/13 1:30pm

Could this discovery be the key to treating Alzheimers?

The brain, as any neuroscientist will tell you, is still in many ways an undiscovered country. But now our maps of that country just got a lot better. Researchers at University of Rochester Medical Center have just published a paper detailing what they call the brain's built-in drainage system. It turns out that… » 8/16/12 1:59pm 8/16/12 1:59pm

Lifting weights slows down memory loss

A surprising number of studies are showing how important exercise is to staving off the effects of aging, including cognitive decline. What these discussions never include, however, are descriptions of the types of exercise that get the best results. And this vagueness, plus fears of having elderly people engage in… » 7/16/12 4:30pm 7/16/12 4:30pm

Can't get enough sleep? You could be at risk for Alzheimer's

We already know that not getting enough sleep can be bad for you. And now there's another reason to worry if you're getting sleep-deprived: People who have trouble sleeping may be at higher risk for developing Alzheimer's Disease later on. » 2/17/12 7:20am 2/17/12 7:20am

Air Pollution Linked to Cognitive Decline in Women

We've known for a long time that air pollution is bad for your body, including your heart. But now, we're learning it might be messing up your brain, too. » 2/16/12 3:00pm 2/16/12 3:00pm

Cancer drug shown to reduce Alzheimer's symptoms in mice by…

It's rare to get any good news associated with reports of Alzheimer's disease, but neuroscientists have just released word that one drug is dramatically reducing symptoms. It seems to do this by dissolving a protein that builds up in the brain — and it manages to create major improvements within days. » 2/10/12 3:43pm 2/10/12 3:43pm

Nicotine patches won't help you quit, but they might save your brains

People attempting the arduous task of quitting smoking often turn to "nicotine replacement therapies" like patches and gum. These help with the physical aspect of withdrawal and the whole "quitting the actual smoking" part. Well, that's the theory anyway. According to a new study published in the journal Tobacco… » 1/13/12 8:45am 1/13/12 8:45am

The secret to fighting Alzheimer's Disease is...red food coloring?

For centuries, we've used a dye derived from lichens to provide the red coloring for food and fabrics. This dye contains a compound called orcein, and we've just discovered its most remarkable property: it can fight Alzheimer's disease. » 12/05/11 11:21am 12/05/11 11:21am

Working out during pregnancy could boost your baby's brain defenses

Buff moms make for healthy babies. Exercise during pregnancy has been shown to have numerous benefits for mother and child alike, and now new research suggests that exercising during pregnancy could even protect your child from developing neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease, later in life. » 9/27/11 12:18pm 9/27/11 12:18pm

What happens when you're wrongly diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease

Psychologists in the Netherlands have documented the case of a 58-year-old woman who was misdiagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Her condition deteriorated to the point where she became permanently confused, and at one point suicidal — before another doctor realized the diagnosis was incorrect. » 8/23/11 2:07pm 8/23/11 2:07pm

Yellow dye 1 could be the key to immortality

While red food dye may still be a problem in young humans, for roundworms a commonly used lab dye remarkably increases their longevity. Basic Yellow 1, aka Thioflavin T is used in laboratories around the world. Apparently, for the commonly experimented on worm C. elegens, it provides a substantial lifespan boost.… » 4/02/11 8:30am 4/02/11 8:30am

What would you give up for an Alzheimer's Disease cure?

A 91-year-old man suffering from dementia gets offered a new drug that gives him a stark choice, in Walter Mosley's new novel. Are we finally going to get an Alzheimer's disease novel to compete with Vernor Vinge's Rainbow's End? Spoilers... » 11/11/10 7:00am 11/11/10 7:00am

New evidence that Alzheimer's disease is infectious

Alzheimer's disease is caused in part by a build-up of protein debris in the brain. Scientists already knew that this protein debris, called amyloid peptides, is infectious. But now it turns out that it's easier to catch than they thought. » 10/22/10 1:01pm 10/22/10 1:01pm

Another once-promising Alzheimer's treatment goes down the tubes

It's bad enough news that Eli Lilly & Co. pulled the plug on an experimental Alzheimer's Disease drug, semagacestat, after dreadful clinical trials. But Lilly's failure makes it more likely Alzheimer's treatment research has been going down a blind alley. » 8/18/10 6:30am 8/18/10 6:30am

Memory-restoring compound could destroy Alzheimer's forever

Aging rats have had their memory loss reversed, thanks to a compound that helps them form new memories again. The compound could be a breakthrough treatment for Alzheimer's. » 7/08/10 1:58pm 7/08/10 1:58pm

A Drug Discovered In The Soil Of Easter Island Could Cure Alzheimer's

Rapamycin is a bacterial byproduct discovered in the soil of Easter Island. It extends the lives of animals, and now two independent studies show that it can reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer's. Is this the drug we've been waiting for? » 4/02/10 5:00pm 4/02/10 5:00pm