Alzheimer's Patients Will Be Injected With the Blood of Young People

It's not often that science confirms ideas straight out of vampire lore, but here you have one: a spate of studies in mice have found that infusions of young blood seem to reverse aging. So now we're moving to the next logical step: giving the blood of young humans to Alzheimer's patients. » 8/20/14 3:47pm 8/20/14 3:47pm

A Simple Eye Test Could Accurately Detect Alzheimer's

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. » 7/13/14 5:57pm 7/13/14 5:57pm

A Simple Blood Test Could Predict the Onset of Alzheimer's

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. » 7/08/14 5:03am 7/08/14 5:03am

An Amazing Village Designed Just For People With Dementia

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. » 2/20/14 8:30am 2/20/14 8:30am

Scientists Think They Can Cure Alzheimer's with Lasers

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. » 11/04/13 5:40pm 11/04/13 5:40pm

The Smell of Peanut Butter Could Diagnose Alzheimer's

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. » 10/09/13 4:42pm 10/09/13 4:42pm

New Blood Test Could Definitively Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease

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… » 7/29/13 6:56pm 7/29/13 6:56pm

Brain Pacemakers Are Starting To Be Used To Fight Alzheimer's Disease

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. » 12/09/12 8:00pm 12/09/12 8:00pm

Sleeping Better Now Helps Prevent Memory Loss When You're Old

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. » 2/15/12 11:00am 2/15/12 11:00am

Study: Nicotine Is Good for You

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. » 1/10/12 4:00pm 1/10/12 4:00pm

The Pill That Could Cure Depression by Growing Your Brain

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. » 1/09/12 4:00pm 1/09/12 4:00pm

Using Music To Reach The Memories of Alzheimer's Patients

Transcendental Tunes combines RFID technology (in the form of a golden, translucent gem) and a retro-looking wooden audio device to play digital music that releases the memories held captive by the mind in Alzheimer's patients. » 8/14/10 1:20am 8/14/10 1:20am

GPS Shoes Help Locate Wandering Alzheimer's Patients

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. » 6/09/09 9:20pm 6/09/09 9:20pm

Terry Pratchett Battles Alzheimer's With Retro-Futurist Headgear

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. » 1/20/09 7:12am 1/20/09 7:12am

Infrared-Beaming Helmet May Battle Alzheimer's

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. » 1/25/08 10:03am 1/25/08 10:03am