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Ask the Expert: Is There a Treatment to Stop Amyloid Build-Up in Alzheimer's Patients?

Dear Dr. Aisen,

I've read that amyloid build up in the brain may lead to Alzheimer's disease. How close are researchers to finding a treatment that stops amyloid from accumulating in the brain? What about removing amyloid once it's already there? I'm approaching my mid-60s and am in good health, but I guess you could count me among the worried well of my generation.

Sincerely,
Charles

Alzheimer’s Spurs the Fearful to Change Their Lives to Delay It

Eric Reiman is quoted discussing studies that have been done to suggest, but not prove, that certain factors like diet and exercise may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease.

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New Study Says Memory And Thinking Tests Could Signal Alzheimer's Up To 18 Years Early

The findings, published this week in the medical journal Neurology, found that older adults who performed poorly on cognition tests were almost 10 times as likely to develop the disease within the next 18 years as those with higher scores.

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Ask the Expert: Brain Health and Diet

Dear Dr. Cummings,

It's my 40th birthday this July and I'm ready to make a positive change in my diet. I've heard that what you eat affects your brain health. That concerns me. I work full-time during the day and go to school several evenings a week so I need to be at the top of my game. Most days, I have an apple for lunch, but then I end up snacking on the donuts or cookies in the office kitchen. At the end of the day, I dash into a fast food restaurant on my way to school. On weekends, my husband and I like to indulge in a steak dinner with a glass of wine. Can you help me get on the right track?

Sincerely,
Natalie

Could What’s On Your Plate Help Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer’s?

The phrase "heart healthy" was inspired by a way of eating that helps prevent heart disease. Experts predict that "brain healthy" food will soon make its way into our vocabularies and, they hope, on to our plates.

Mental and Social Activity Delays the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

A new report shows more intellectual activity over lifetimes does not show lower levels of Alzheimer's progression as those who reported less cognitive stimulation. Groups were able to delay the appearance of symptoms, presumably because their stronger intellectual base compensated for the effects of the disease for a longer period of time.

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Poor Sleep May Contribute to Alzheimer's Disease

New research suggests that a good night's sleep may play an important role in helping protect the brain against memory decline associated with Alzheimer's. The study found that higher amounts of beta-amyloid were linked with poor sleep. Participants with the highest levels of beta-amyloid and the poorest quality of sleep also performed worst on memory tests that the researchers gave volunteers before and after sleep.

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$10 Million in New Funding Adds Innovative Dimensions to Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Trial

CHICAGO, May 29, 2015 – The Alzheimer's Association, GHR Foundation and Fidelity Biosciences Research Initiative today announced $10 million in new research funding to Banner Alzheimer's Institute (BAI), Phoenix, Arizona, to support a groundbreaking Alzheimer's disease prevention trial that will launch later this year.

Ask the Expert: Exercise and Brain Health

This month's expert is Marilyn Albert, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Dear Dr. Albert,

I'm a 50-something male and lately I'm having difficulty remembering things that used to be at the top of my head: when to pay bills, errands I need to run. My wife thinks it's just aging. She recommends that I get away from the office and exercise more regularly. How will a workout at the gym help my memory? Are there certain kinds of exercise I should focus on?

Sincerely,
Jon