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What Science Actually Tells Us Can Affect Our Risk Of Alzheimer's Disease

Scientists have determined that there some factors that may play a role in slowing down the symptoms of Alzhiemer’s disease that are in our control, including diet, exercise, heart health, education/mental activity and mental health.

Keeping mentally active doesn’t stave off Alzheimer’s disease — only its symptoms

New studies show that carriers of the APOe4 gene fared better when they were better-educated and stayed physically and mentally active during midlife. Highly educated participants with APOe4 developed amyloid plaques about five years later than their less educated counterparts. Keeping your brain active doesn’t necessarily prevent the disease but it can keep cognitive decline at bay.

Scientists identify 'ground zero' for Alzheimer's disease

A new study shows that the locus coeruleus is the region of the brain where tau pathology develops. The brain region releases norepinephrine, the neurotransmitter that helps regulate heart rate, attention, memory and cognition, and it may play a role in how to fight against Alzheimer’s.

Contemplating a Statinlike Drug to Prevent Alzheimer's

Millions in the U.S. take statins like Lipitor for lowering cholesterol to prevent or treat heart disease. The success of statins has planted the idea of taking a similar pre-emptive strategy to meet the desperate need for new Alzheimer’s drugs.

To Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's, Eat Fish

Eating seafood is linked to a reduced risk of dementia-associated brain changes in people who carry the ApoE4 gene variation, which increases the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Eating seafood was not linked to similar changes in those who carried other forms of the ApoE gene.

Can Dementia Be Prevented? Education May Bolster Brain Against Risk

The odds of getting Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia are declining for people who are more educated and avoiding heart disease, a study finds. The results suggest that people may have some control over their risk of dementia as they age.

Boosting brain’s waste disposal system may slow neurodegenerative diseases

Several neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, are characterized by proteins that accumulate in the brain. One protein, called tau, clumps into twisted threads known as tangles. 

Taking On The Challenges Of Precision Medicine For The Brain

The APOE gene has three common forms – called APOE2, APOE3, and APOE4 – and each person has two copies of the gene, one from our father and the other from our mother, giving us six possible genotypes.

2014-2015 Alzheimer's Disease Progress Report: Advancing Research Toward a Cure

Today, more than 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. Because there are currently no treatments that change the course of this progressive brain disorder, they will gradually lose their ability to remember, think, learn, and live independently.

Ask The Expert: Exercise and Brain Health

Dear Dr. Baker: My 2016 New Year’s resolution is to start – and maintain – a regular exercise program. I’m “middle aged” and was recently diagnosed with pre-diabetes, which my doctor tells me is associated with other medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease. Is there an exercise program that can reduce my blood sugar levels, improve my overall fitness and maintain my brain?