Alzheimer's Disease (AD)

Rosemary Herb helps protect Brain from Free Radical Damage found in Alzheimer’s and Stroke Patients

Rosemary Herb helps protect Brain from Free Radical Damage found in Alzheimer’s and Stroke Patients

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[Best Syndication] Gourmet cooking could be good for you with rosemary herbed entrees offering health benefits to your brain. Researchers from the Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham Institute) in La Jolla, CA and in Japan found that rosemary contains carnosic acid (CA) which can protect the brain from free radicals.

Damage to the brain occurs when chemical free radicals occur such as with a stroke or neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. There were two researchers that reported how carnosic acid protects the brain cells from free radicals. They first published their findings in the Journal of Neurochemistry and Nature Reviews Neuroscience.

Blood Test For Early Onset Of Alzheimer’s Disease

Blood Test For Early Onset Of Alzheimer’s Disease

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(Best Syndication) Researchers in California say they have developed a test for Alzheimer’s disease which can detect changes in certain protein cells in blood plasma. The proteins are used to convey messages between brain cells. Currently doctors determine if a patient has Alzheimer’s be excluding other causes for memory loss and cognitive decline.

It can be hard to determine whether a person has early Alzheimer’s or mild memory problems. The researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine say the test is 90 percent accurate and can detect the disease 2 to 6 years before the onset of symptoms. The non-invasive test is not perfect, but neither is other clinical diagnosis for the disease. The only definitive diagnosis is by brain autopsy.

Smoking Linked To Alzheimer’s Disease In People Without APOEε4 Gene – Quitting Will Reduce The Risk

Smoking Linked To Alzheimer’s Disease In People Without APOEε4 Gene – Quitting Will Reduce The Risk

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(Best Syndication) There is a link between smoking and Alzheimer’s diseases, according to European researchers. People who smoke were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia than nonsmokers, and the cause could stem from several mechanisms. Smoking causes oxidative stress and other damage to the arteries.

“Smoking increases the risk of cerebrovascular disease, which is also tied to dementia,” Breteler said. “Another mechanism could be through oxidative stress, which can damage cells in the blood vessels and lead to hardening of the arteries. Smokers experience greater oxidative stress than nonsmokers, and increased oxidative stress is also seen in Alzheimer’s disease.”

Alzheimer’s Vaccine for the Immune System slows Tau Protein Buildup

Alzheimer’s Vaccine for the Immune System slows Tau Protein Buildup

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[Best Syndication] The NYU Medical Center conducted a study with mice that used the immune system to suppress the tau protein which is known to accumulate in Alzheimer’s patients and cause memory loss in the brain. The researchers found a potential vaccine that slowed deterioration of motor abilities in a mice study. The study results were first published in the August 22nd issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

The researchers plan to conduct further studies with mice that will also look at using the vaccine in mice that do not have movement problems and are slow to develop tangles and cognitive impairments.

Link Found Between Glaucoma And Alzheimer’s Disease – Beta Amyloid Protein Common Factor In Both Diseases

Link Found Between Glaucoma And Alzheimer’s Disease – Beta Amyloid Protein Common Factor In Both Diseases

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(Best Syndication) Researchers in the UK say that the same proteins involved in Alzheimer's disease can also cause glaucoma. Glaucoma is a major cause of blindness in the world and is considered irreversible to the 65 million people who suffer from it worldwide.

"We've seen for the first time that there is a clear link between what causes Alzheimer's disease and one of the basic mechanisms behind glaucoma," says Dr Francesca Cordeiro from University College London (UCL). "However, this doesn't mean that everyone with Alzheimer's will develop glaucoma or vice versa. Glaucoma has a number of risk factors."

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