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.
A new study indicates that patients in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's might be able to regain memories previously thought to be permanently destroyed. Find out where "memory" is stored, and how it might come back if it's lost.
Researchers from Genetech have developed a new way to deliver drugs across the blood-brain barrier. The new technique — not to be confused with another recent method — uses a double-sided antibody that targets enzymes of a harmful degenerative protein in monkeys. Delivering molecules in this way could assist in the…
Memory and reality collide in Where Do Lilacs Come From, a gorgeously shot, aching short film that attempts to see life from the perspective of an Alzheimer's sufferer as he tries to understand the world around him while his past constantly intrudes.
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.
Scientists have just discovered a chemical that prevents the death of brain tissue from neurodegenerative disease. The breakthrough is being called a "turning point" in the struggle to defeat a number of aged-related disorders, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson'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.
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.
The brain, as any neuroscientist will tell you, is still in many ways an undiscovered country. But now our maps of that country just got a lot better. Researchers at University of Rochester Medical Center have just published a paper detailing what they call the brain's built-in drainage system. It turns out that…
A surprising number of studies are showing how important exercise is to staving off the effects of aging, including cognitive decline. What these discussions never include, however, are descriptions of the types of exercise that get the best results. And this vagueness, plus fears of having elderly people engage in…
We already know that not getting enough sleep can be bad for you. And now there's another reason to worry if you're getting sleep-deprived: People who have trouble sleeping may be at higher risk for developing Alzheimer's Disease later on.