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NASA Grant Will Explore Impact of Space Travel on the Brain

NASA Grant Will Explore Impact of Space Travel on the Brain

Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded $1.8 million from NASA to study whether extended deep space travel places astronauts at risk for neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

11/12/2015
Could Cabbage and Broccoli Help in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s?

Could Cabbage and Broccoli Help in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s?

A new study published in Nature Communications suggests that consuming cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli may help reduce the levels of the bad tau proteins that accumulate in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients.

4/28/2014
Blood Test May Provide Early Warning of Alzheimer’s Risk

Blood Test May Provide Early Warning of Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study appearing in Nature Medicine points to a simple blood test that can predict who is at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease before the symptoms of the disease appear.  With this new tool, scientists may be able to develop a new generation of therapies that can head off the disease.

3/10/2014
Common Antidepressant Eases Agitation in Alzheimer’s Patients

Common Antidepressant Eases Agitation in Alzheimer’s Patients

Rochester researchers found that a high dose of a common antidepressant drug (citalopram) significantly reduced agitation in Alzheimer’s patients. Agitation is one of the most common reasons Alzheimer’s patients are moved out of their homes into higher levels of care. 

2/19/2014
A Good Night’s Sleep Really Does ‘Clear the Mind’

A Good Night’s Sleep Really Does ‘Clear the Mind’

Why do we sleep?  It is a question that has long puzzled scientists and philosophers alike.  While the ancient Greeks saw sleep as a doorway to the divine, scientists and biologists see it as an invitation to be devoured by nocturnal predators.  A new study – appearing today in the journal Science – may provide the answer: when we sleep our brain ‘takes out the trash.’

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