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Protein Key to Nerve Health Hitches a Ride on Brain’s Garbage Truck

Protein Key to Nerve Health Hitches a Ride on Brain’s Garbage Truck

A new study shows that the brain’s waste removal system serves as both trash collector and delivery service, providing neurons with a protein important to maintaining cognitive function while simultaneously cleaning brain tissue.  The research may help explain why different genetic varieties of the protein, called apolipoprotein E (apoE), can indicate risk for Alzheimer’s disease or promote longevity.

3/8/2017
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
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