We now know why coffee helps to stave off Alzheimer's disease

Scientists recently discovered that caffeine consumption can be tied to a reduced risk of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. They knew that it was suppressing the rise of amyloid plaques in the brain, but why coffee consumption did the trick remained a mystery. But now, researchers from the… » 10/10/12 7:40am 10/10/12 7:40am

New treatment reduces a key Alzheimer's Disease protein by a staggering…

Alzheimer's disease is one of the most terrifying things that can happen to people: staying physically healthy but losing their mental capacity. And now, a new treatment shows great promise in attacking a key building block of the disease. Researchers found that eliminating a single enzyme from mice with aggressive… » 9/06/12 9:35am 9/06/12 9:35am

Human stem cells restore memory in animals with Alzheimer’s disease

For the first time ever, human stem cells have been shown to have a significant effect on restoring memory in animals suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The breakthrough could have profound implications for the treatment of the age-related disorder, which affects as many as 5.3 million Americans and threatens to… » 7/24/12 4:20pm 7/24/12 4:20pm

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

10 New Genetic Discoveries — And The Diseases They Could Treat

For years, scientists have recognized that many of the world's most dangerous diseases have an underlying genetic component. Even your susceptibility to conditions like heart disease and lung cancer, diseases closely tied to lifestyle factors like smoking and lack of exercise, are believed to be heavily influenced by… » 8/29/11 10:25am 8/29/11 10:25am

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