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Biomarkers – Leading the Way toward Alzheimer’s Early Detection, Prevention and Treatment

You might be familiar with biomarkers such as cholesterol levels, blood pressure numbers and body temperature. But what about amyloid and tau? How might these biomarkers lead the way to detecting, preventing and treating this and related devastating diseases.

National Recruitment Strategy Aims to Open Doors Wider to Participation in Research Studies

You may have heard of the ambitious goal set by the U.S. National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease – to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. While this plan offers great promise, it also shines the spotlight on the need for volunteer research participants. 

An Insider’s Guide to Clinical Trial Participation

Have you been thinking about participating in a clinical trial, but not so sure you’re ready to delve into the unknown? Alzheimer prevention participant – who’s taken part in not one, but two studies! – gives his insight and advice into the experience. 

Ask the Expert: What is the difference between genetic markers and biomarker results?

Dear Dr. Stites: 
I’m trying to keep up on Alzheimer’s research. Repeatedly, I’m hearing the terms genetic markers and biomarker results. I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I’m not sure I know the difference. Can you enlighten me?

The Stigma of Alzheimer’s – When Understanding Leads to Hope

A recent study published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, confirmed what many may have assumed – when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, there is a stigma. Often, this stigma serves as a barrier to research study participation because people are nervous about being discriminated against. By understanding the biggest concerns, it’s hoped that programs and policies can be developed to reduce the stigmas and offer more protections.

POINTing the Way to Alzheimer’s Prevention

A massive $20 million research trial is kicking off to determine whether early intervention can support brain health and prevent decline in memory and thinking ability. Can lifestyle intervention – exercise, diet, social interaction and “brain exercise” really prevent Alzheimer’s?

Ask the Expert: What Can I Do to Help Researchers find a Treatment for Alzheimer's?

This month's expert is Pierre N. Tariot, MD, director, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute.

Dear Dr. Tariot - My father and mother-in-law both have Alzheimer’s disease. I’ve been reading that more and more companies are giving up on their research in this field. I don’t want to give up. What can I do to help?

Is it all doom and gloom in Alzheimer's Research?

If you follow the headlines in the news, you may think that researchers are destined to fail when it comes to finding a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the latest findings. 

Ask the Expert: Should I Start Drinking Wine?

This month’s expert is Jose Luchsinger, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center.

Dear Dr. Luchsinger,
I don’t drink wine, but I am hearing more and more that it’s good for you. Should I start drinking wine on a regular basis to improve my health? – Sophia

Healthy Diet...Healthy Brain

Is red wine good for you or bad for you? Should you eat grains or leave them off your plate? What about dairy – yes or no? When it comes to nutritional advice, it may seem like a constant exercise in “Eat This, Not That.” Increasingly, research is revealing that a healthy diet is crucial for optimal brain health.  But what is a “healthy diet”?