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Posted on 15 Jan

High levels of salt linked to memory and thinking problems in mice

Researchers in the US have found that feeding mice a high-salt diet led to memory problems that may be triggered by changes to the immune system in the gut. The findings were published today in the scientific journal, Nature Neuroscience. Despite only accounting for around 2% of body weight, the human brain requires approximately 15% […]

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Posted on 11 Jan

Curry spice holds clues to Alzheimer’s drug targets

Californian researchers have shed more light on the action of an experimental Alzheimer’s drug based on a modified component of the curry spice turmeric. The researchers from the Salk Institute, found that the drug, J147, targets cell processes in the mitochondria – an area of the cell responsible for generating the energy. The results are […]

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Posted on 08 Jan

Differences in Alzheimer’s protein could predict how fast symptoms progress

Scientists in the US have developed a new method to tease apart differences in the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein, amyloid. By using these methods, the researchers have shed new light on amyloid’s structure and studied how the protein spreads through the brain in Alzheimer’s disease. The study, released today is published in the scientific journal PNAS. […]

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Posted on 05 Jan

Researchers shed light on how Alzheimer’s processes spread through the brain

Cambridge scientists have investigated the spread of the toxic tau protein in Alzheimer’s disease and a rare brain disease called progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). Published in the scientific journal, BRAIN, the study suggests that there are key differences in the way the protein builds up in the two diseases, shedding new light on how both […]

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Posted on 03 Jan

Time restricted feeding diet improves symptoms of mice with features of Huntington’s disease

Researchers in the US have investigated whether a diet regime known as time restricted feeding could help prevent the onset of disease symptoms in mice with features of Huntington’s disease. Published in the scientific journal, eNeuro, the study suggests that restricting meal times to the same time each day improves sleep quality and muscle activity […]

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Posted on 03 Jan

Dementia researchers to share findings with public in Southampton

Scientists in Southampton are inviting the public to a free event on Monday 15 January, to hear more about current progress in dementia research. The meeting will involve talks from scientists at the forefront of research into the condition. The event is organised by members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK South Coast Network Centre, a […]

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Posted on 01 Jan

Experimental diabetes drug may improve Alzheimer’s signs in mice

Researchers in China and the UK have tested an experimental diabetes treatment on mice with features of Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published today in the journal Brain Research, indicates that the drug may have improved certain aspects of memory and thinking ability and limited brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s. There is a well-established link between […]

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Posted on 20 Dec

Leafy green vegetables linked to slower decline in memory and thinking skills

Researchers in the US have found that eating approximately one serving per day of green, leafy, vegetables, was linked to slower decline in thinking ability. The findings are published today in the scientific journal Neurology. Researchers surveyed 960 participants between the ages of 58 and 99, who filled in a detailed questionnaire about their diet. […]

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Posted on 20 Dec

Immune system in the brain contributes to Alzheimer’s

Researchers in Germany have scrutinized the molecular interplay between the immune system in the brain and the build-up of the hallmark Alzheimer’s protein, amyloid. They found that the activation of the immune system in the brain contributes to the build up of amyloid protein, suggesting this could be tackled by potential new Alzheimer’s treatments. The […]

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Posted on 18 Dec

Ginkgo biloba trialled as stroke treatment

Researchers in China have suggested that a supplement derived from the ginkgo biloba tree may help improve the recovery of thinking and memory abilities following a stroke. Their findings are published today in the journal Stroke and Vascular Neurology. The effects of a stroke can vary widely from person to person. People may experience a […]

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