A new study suggests that compounds found in marijuana can stave off the brain damaging effects of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a promising discovery, but claims that pot can prevent this age-related brain disorder are premature. Put the pipe away, man.
America is a leader in biomedical research and medicine, and much of the fiscal fuel behind that research comes from the government funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Sure, scientific funding impacts our ability to understand myriad health conditions and figure…
Back in September, researchers in the UK discovered that brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s may be transmissible through certain medical procedures. Skeptical scientists urged caution, but now a different set of autopsy results have shown the same thing.
Every year, more people over the age of 65 are suffering from dementia. Researchers are still searching for a cause, but a new study offers a fascinating possibility: some cases of Alzheimer’s may be linked to a simple brain fungus.
Current tests for Alzheimer's include expensive tests using brain PET or MRI imaging. But two studies have shown that a simple eye test can detect Alzheimer's accurately at very early stages—just by looking at subjects' retinas.
Scientists have developed a new blood test that can predict who will develop Alzheimer's disease a year after having mild memory problems—and it could be in clinical use within two years.
Centuries after Shakespeare wrote about King Lear's symptoms, there's still no perfect way to care for sufferers of dementia and Alzheimer's. In the Netherlands, however, a radical idea is being tested: Self-contained "villages" where people with dementia shop, cook, and live together—safely.
Finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease has defied medical researchers for decades now, but a team of scientists just gave us new reason to hope. They've discovered a way to zap away the bad proteins that cause diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob (a.k.a. mad cow) disease—with lasers.
On the heels of the recent discovery that accelerometers could be used as indicators for Alzheimer's disease comes yet another potential diagnostic tool, one that most of us already have in our pantries: peanut butter.
We're all painfully aware that there isn't a cure for Alzheimer's. There isn't even a reliable way to diagnose it. But a new blood test, the first of its kind, indicates that we can hold out hope for a surefire diagnosis, one that might catch the disease earlier than the current battery of brain scans and cognitive…
Deep-brain stimulation— the practice of implanting a pacemaker-like shocker deep in the recesses of your dome—have been used for treating conditions like Parkinson's or even depression, but now they've got a new mountain to climb: Alzheimer's.
If you're one of those people who battles through all-nighters, parties hard only to rise early, or has plain old insomnia, I have some bad news for you. Scientists have shown that sleep deprivation in early adult life is linked to memory problems when you're old.
Nicotine patches significantly improved attention and memory in older people suffering from mild cognitive impairment, which often leads to Alzheimer's, according to a new study.
If you are depressed, or schizophrenic or have Alzheimer's, scientists say you probably have a shrunken hippocampus. The good news: a drug that just entered human trials promises to re-grow that part of the brain.
Did you know that Alzheimer's patients frequently suffer what are officially called "critical wandering incidents"? These shoes have an embedded GPS chip that sends an alert via Google Maps so the lost senior can be located.
Legendary author Sir Terry Pratchett might have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the real world, but his prototype anti-dementia helmet looks like the stuff of science fiction.
Despite looking like a freaky PC case-mod for your head, researchers say this helmet may serve as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. It directs low levels of infrared light at the skulls of Alzheimer's sufferers in order to combat the disease by stimulating brain cell growth.