Alzheimer's Disease (AD)

Vitamin B Slows Brain Shrinkage And Possibly Alzheimer’s Disease

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(Best Syndication News) Extra vitamin B supplements could slow down the progression of Alzheimer's disease, researchers are saying this week. Researchers at the University of Oxford in England conducted a two-year study to determine whether B vitamin pills could slow or prevent brain atrophy in elderly people who suffer from Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

Brain atrophy, or cerebral, atrophy is the loss of cells or brain tissue. Either the whole brain could shrink or the tissue could lose neurons and the connection between them. Atrophy can impair brain function and lead to dementia and / or seizures.

Men have more mild cognitive impairment than Women says Study

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(Best Syndication News) - A study conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota found that men had mild cognitive impairment was 1.5 times higher more often than women. The study will be published in the September 2, 2010 print issue of Neurology®, which is a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Mild cognitive impairment can lead to Alzheimer's disease. This study found a higher rate of mild cognitive impairment in men. Gender may play a role of mental decline, where a man will have impairment slowly overtime and a women may decline rapidly later in life.

In this study, researchers interviewed and tested 2,050 people ranging in age from 70 to 89 years that were from Olmstead County, Minnesota about their memory and thinking abilities. There was around 10 percent that had dementia. There was 76 percent that had normal memory and thinking abilities. A total of 19 percent of men showed mild cognitive impairment, while there was 14 percent of women showing mild cognitive impairment.

In addition to these findings the researchers also noticed that those that had the lowest level of education or were never married had the higher rates of mild cognitive impairment.

Resveratrol - Improve Memory and Learning Ability with Sirtuin1 says study

Resveratrol - Improve Memory and Learning Ability with Sirtuin1 says study

Shown here is a beautiful display of sliced honeydew melon, cantaloupe, and seedless red grapes. Courtesy Daniel Sone NCI PD

(Best Syndication News) - Resveratrol, which is found in grape's outer skin and in peanuts, contain enzymes called sirtuins. Resveratrol has previously been touted as an anti-aging compound, but now researchers from MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory think that Sirtuin1 could possibly improve memory and a person's learning ability as well. The study is in the July 11th issure of Nature.

The MIT researchers found that the Sirtuin1 protein improves memory and brain flexibility. They are hopeful that this researcher will help to develop new drugs for treating Alzheimer's disease and other neurological diseases as well.

The researchers have previously shown that Sirtuin1 was able to increase neuronal survival in mice models that reflected Alzheimer's disease. The Sirtuin1 also reduced the amount of neurodegeneration and had also prevented learning disabilities.

Alzheimer's Disease Gene identified that Increases Risk

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[Best Syndication News] Researchers have found a gene, MTHFD1L, that they believe is associated with an increased risk for developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease. The researchers will be presenting their findings at the American Academy of Neurology’s 62nd Annual Meeting in Toronto, which is running from April 10 – 17, 2010.

Researchers looked at 2,269 people that were diagnosed with late-onset Alzheimer's Disease for a common gene variation. They compared the Alzheimer's patients genetics against the genes of 3,107 people that don't have the disease. They searched for matches in the whole genome instead of just isolated areas.

Inverse Relationship Between Alzheimer’s Disease And Cancer

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(Best Syndication News) There may be an inverse relationship between cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, according to research published in the journal Neorology. This exciting discovery could lead to treatments for both diseases because cancer is less likely to develop in Alzheimer’s patients and Alzheimer’s is less likely to develop in cancer patients (details below).

According to American Academy of Neurology member, Catherine M. Roe, PhD, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, this is thrilling research. “Discovering the links between these two conditions may help us better understand both diseases and open up avenues for possible treatments”, Roe said. She is also the author of the study.

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