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Could a couple of beers a day damage your brain? – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on June 7th, 2017.

Just a couple of stubbies a night, or a glass or two of wine, could be damaging your brain, say UK researchers, though independent experts caution the study can’t show cause-and-effect. Studying the cognitive capabilities of people over 30 years, the scientists found moderate drinking – 14 – 21 units of alcohol a week – may […]

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 […]

Predicting Alzheimer’s disease – Experts respond

John Kerr posted in on July 9th, 2014.

Scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood which can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s, marking a significant step towards developing a blood test for the disease. The research published this week in Alzheimer’s & Dementia was based on an anylasis of more than 1,000 individuals identified a combination of 10 proteins […]

DDT exposure and Alzheimers – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on January 30th, 2014.

UK SMC: An increased risk for Alzheimer disease appears to be associated with elevated blood levels of a byproduct of the pesticide DDT, which was banned in New Zealand in 1989 but is still used for agriculture in other countries. An accompanying editorial and a UK SMC round up and both warn this research should be […]

Patching up memory with nicotine

John Kerr posted in on January 10th, 2012.

Nicotine may help improve mild memory loss in older adults, according to a new study – but experts are stressing that the findings are not a licence to self-medicate with patches or cigarettes. A clinical trial, published today in the journal Neurology, examined the effects of low-dose nicotine in people with mild cognitive impairment, which […]

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Vitamin B and Alzheimer’s disease – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on September 10th, 2010.

UK SMC & AusSMC: A new study from the UK has shown that daily vitamin B supplements can slow the rate of brain atrophy in elderly people with mild cognitive impairment. Accelerated brain atrophy is a characteristic of subjects with mild cognitive impairment who convert to Alzheimer’s disease but further trials are still needed to […]

Dom Post: Alzheimer’s research ‘a breakthrough’

Peter Griffin posted in on July 26th, 2010.

Kate Newton writes in the Dominion Post about researchers in Australia who have identified how the proteins which cause Alzheimer’s, interact to cause the disease. While the finding is being heralded by a breakthrough as some, other scientists are urging caution, saying that it does not necessarily mean that a cure is close. An excerpt: […]

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