Dolphins Found Suffering From Alzheimer’s

Dolphins appear to suffer from Alzheimer’s just like humans do. (Photo: kleindavid/Flickr) We used to think only humans suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, that debilitating neurological disorder that most often strikes people over the age of 65. But, it turns out, we aren’t alone after all. Dolphins have now also been found dead with Alzheimer’s-like plaques […]

Alzheimer's diagnosis, management improved by brain scans

Alzheimer’s Diagnosis & Management Improved By Brain Scans

Amyloid-positive (left) and amyloid-negative (right) PET scans can respectively be used to diagnose or rule out Alzheimer’s disease in individuals with memory loss or cognitive decline. A first-of-its-kind national study has found that a form of brain imaging that detects Alzheimer’s-related “plaques” significantly influenced clinical management of patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia. The […]

Video game detects early stages of Alzheimer's, researchers say

Video Game Detects Early Stages of Alzheimer’s …

Just a few minutes of playing a certain video game could help identify the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s in ways existing medical tests can’t, researchers have found. A new study used a smartphone app called Sea Hero Quest to monitor how gamers with and without a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s navigate the virtual world, using […]

Alzheimer’s Disease Toxicity Halted by Synthetic Peptides

Alzheimer’s Disease Toxicity Halted by Synthetic Peptides

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterized by the formation of large, insoluble deposits, or plaques, of amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) in the brain. These plaques are generated by the aggregation of smaller, soluble clumps made up of perhaps a dozen or so Aβ monomers. Recent research indicates that it is these smaller Aβ aggregates, or oligomers, and […]

Alzheimer’s, Gene Therapy & More: Agenda For “What’s Hot” on May 21

Alzheimer’s, Gene Therapy & More: Agenda For “What’s Hot” on May 21

The gene therapy boom. The frustration of failure after failure in Alzheimer’s disease. The critical interplay between venture firms and “crossover” investors in a volatile, unpredictable macro-environment. The growing need for (and role of) diversity initiatives within the life sciences community—and the personal stories behind them. These are just some of the topics Xconomy will […]