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Jeanne Cronin: Addressing a Family History of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects more than 5 million Americans. Jeanne Cronin has an intimate experience, due to her family history. She recalls stories shared by family members about her grandmother, whose behavior resulted in her being moved from nursing home to nursing home. Thinking back Jeanne explains that, although Alzheimer’s was not part of the public conversation at the time, her behavior could very well have been symptoms of the disease.

Alzheimer's Disease May Develop Differently In African-Americans, Study Suggests

Scientists have found a biological clue that could help explain why African-Americans appear to be more vulnerable than white Americans to Alzheimer's disease.

“I Have A 50 Percent Chance Of getting Alzheimer’s By Age 50.” How Genetics Changed One Man’s Life

As a college student, Marty Reiswig decided to take his girlfriend to a family reunion. After he noticed many of his relatives struggling with everyday tasks like pulling out a chair, Reiswig decided to take a closer look at his family’s history with early-onset Alzheimer’s.

New Drugs May Be Able to Treat Alzheimer’s Before It Starts

Researchers have launched two studies in which people at high risk for Alzheimer’s disease will be treated before symptoms appear.

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.

Borrowing from the cancer playbook to find treatment for Alzheimer's disease

It's been notoriously difficult to develop medicines for Alzheimer's disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, it seems, pharmaceutical companies release data from studies of promising drug candidates that merit only a collective sigh of disappointment. In search of fresh ideas, researchers have begun to borrow a phrase or two from the more familiar language of cancer treatment.

Ask the Expert: GeneMatch

Dear Dr. Roberts,

My father recently enrolled in GeneMatch, a new Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry program. He did a cheek swab and is waiting to be “matched” with appropriate studies. What are the next steps for my father? How can he get the results of the genetic screening so he’ll know if he carries the gene that increases the potential for Alzheimer’s disease?

Ask The Expert: Can a Brain Scan Diagnose Alzheimer's?

Dear Dr. Jagust,
I thought the only way to diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease definitively, unfortunately, is through an autopsy. Recently, a friend mentioned imaging studies, like PET scans, are being researched for this purpose. Can you explain the role of PET in diagnosing dementia? Will it replace the autopsy?
Sincerely,
Meg

 

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.

Calm down: Herpes probably isn’t going to give you Alzheimer’s

An editorial on previous research outlined that herpes could cause Alzheimer’s. Scientists say that that it’s all correlative and that there’s no true evidence showing the link between the two.