Chemists in Chile and Spain have identified a new approach for the possible treatment of Alzheimer’s disease that they say has the potential to destroy beta-amyloid fibrils and plaque — hypothesized to contribute to the mental decline of Alzheimer’s patients. The researchers say the new technique, which they call a type of “molecular surgery,” could [...]
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A compound isolated from a cyanobacterium, a type of blue-green algae known as Nostoc, shows promise of becoming a natural drug candidate for fighting Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, according to an in vitro study by researchers in Switzerland. It is believed to be the first time that a potent agent against Alzheimer’s has been [...]
A team led by researchers at the Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, Western Australia has shown that being extremely overweight or obese increases the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s. They found a strong correlation between body mass index and high levels of beta-amyloid, the sticky [...]
There are a number of ways by which statin therapy may reduce patients’ risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) according to Dr. Steven DeKosky, an AD expert at the Alzheimer Disease Research Center, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Health System, in a new review article published in a special supplement of The American Journal of Medicine [...]
A low fat diet rich in fish and soy can stimulate production of protein insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE).
IDE plays a role in eliminating amyloidal peptides that cause destructive plaques and tangles in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. As found in the study, IDE is not as abundantly present in Alzheimer’s disease patients as in normal [...]
Rat brain cells exposed to the antioxidant quercetin resisted damage much better than those not treated.
The study adds strength to the theory that the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and similar brain diseases might be reduced by eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
“On the basis of serving size, fresh apples have some of the [...]
Researchers have had preliminary success with a method of immunization intended to dissolve the plaques in brain tissue that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. When injected directly into the brain of mice, antibodies against a plaque protein retarded growth of the plaques by up to two months. No adverse side effects were found.
“The results [...]