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Potential human transmission of Alzheimer’s – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on September 10th, 2015.

The medical fallout from a historic hormone treatment has revealed that the amyloid beta protein associated with Alzheimer‘s disease may be passed from one person to another, according to a new study. However, experts say the findings, while fascinating, do not represent a current health risk. New European research, published today in Nature, examined the […]

Alzheimer’s drug announcement – expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on July 23rd, 2015.

Scientists are cautiously optimistic about new data indicating the drug solanezumab can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease – if provided early. The drug’s developer, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, this week announced preliminary findings from clinical trials investigating the drug solanezumab. Combining data from several trials, the researchers were able to show that patients who […]

Sleeping pills and Alzheimer’s disease – experts respond

Laura Goodall posted in on September 10th, 2014.

Long term use of benzodiazepines widely prescribed for anxiety and insomnia, such as Valium and Xanax, is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a new study published today in the British Medical Journal.  The team of French and Canadian researchers identified almost 1,800 cases of Alzheimer’s disease over a period of […]

Men more likely to suffer mild cognitive impairment

John Kerr posted in on January 26th, 2012.

A new study has shown that men are more likely than women to develop a mild form of mental impairment known to be a risk factor for dementia. Researchers involved in the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging reported today in the journal Neurology that more than 6 percent of Americans age 70 to 89 develop […]

Cold sore virus linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Amanda Johnson posted in on December 8th, 2008.

A recent paper, published in the Journal of Pathology, by researchers at the University of Manchester, has found a link between cold sores and Alzheimer’s disease. The authors suggest that the virus that causes cold sores (herpes simplex virus type 1) is a major cause of amyloid plaques and is probably a significant factor in the […]

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