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So Far, Just One Thing Has 'Experimental Support' In Staving Off Alzheimer's

“I tell people to go to the gym three to four times a week if they want to prevent Alzheimer’s.” And that along with a healthy diet may well be all we have for now in the wake of so many failed attempts at treating or curing the disease. Still, scientists like Dr. R. Scott Turner, who directs the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center, are far from giving up the fight.

It seems like Alzheimer's but peek into the brain shows a mimic

Some people told they have Alzheimer’s may instead have a newly identified mimic of the disease — and scientists say even though neither is yet curable, it’s critical to get better at telling different kinds of dementia apart.

Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Consortium Selects Elenbecestat and BAN2401 for Upcoming Clinical Studies on Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

The Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Consortium (ACTC) and Eisai Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, CEO: Haruo Naito, “Eisai”) announced today that the investigational oral BACE (beta amyloid cleaving enzyme) inhibitor elenbecestat (development code: E2609) and the investigational anti-amyloid beta (Aβ) protofibril antibody BAN2401, which are currently being evaluated as treatments for early Alzheimer’s disease (AD), have been selected by the ACTC as treatments to be evaluated in upcoming clinical studies targeting primary prevention (A3 Study) and secondary prevention (A45 Study) of AD. These studies will be conducted with funding from various sources including the United States National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, and Eisai.

Stay Physically Active

Physical activity is a valuable part of any overall body wellness plan and is associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline. If it’s safe for you, engage in cardiovascular exercise to elevate your heart rate. This will increase the blood flow to your brain and body, providing additional nourishment while reducing potential dementia risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.

Physical activity and motor ability associated with better cognition in older adults, even with dementia

Encouraging evidence indicates that being more physically active is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease and a slower rate of cognitive decline in older adults. But it remains unclear exactly how physical activity lowers this risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Aging baby boomers are about to push Alzheimer's disease rates sky high

She had researched Alzheimer's disease and its effects on the brain for years, but it wasn't until her own mother's memory began to slip that Dr. Eva Feldman, a University of Michigan neurologist, truly grasped how devastating the disease is.
 

After A Big Failure, Scientists And Patients Hunt For A New Type Of Alzheimer's Drug

Scientists are setting a new course in their quest to treat Alzheimer's disease. The shift comes out of necessity. A series of expensive failures with experimental drugs aimed at a toxic protein called amyloid-beta have led to a change in approach. The most recent disappointment came in March, when drugmaker Biogen and its partner Eisai announced they were halting two large clinical trials of an amyloid drug called aducanumab.

Keeping your blood pressure low could reduce your risk of memory issues

Scientific evidence suggests keeping your top blood pressure number at 130 or below can reduce your risk for memory and thinking problems. Learn more about this study and how you can maintain healthy blood pressure.

Anti-Inflammatories Do Not Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

A new study found that the common NSAID naproxen was ineffective at preventing Alzheimer’s disease.