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Identifying Alzheimer’s Drugs With Anti-Aging Properties

Old age is the greatest risk factor for many diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and cancer. Geroprotectors are a recently identified class of anti-aging compounds. New research has now identified a unique subclass of these compounds, dubbed geroneuroprotectors (GNPs), which are AD drug candidates and slow the aging process in mice.

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Diabetes Meds May Offer Breakthrough in Alzheimer’s Treatment

High blood sugar medication may ease the symptoms of Alzheimer's, according to a new study. Earlier research found the brains of people with both Alzheimer's and diabetes had fewer lesions compared with non-diabetics, and the new study indicates a likelihood that the diabetes drugs those subjects took, such as metformin, protected them from the lesions.

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Eye Scan May Be Able To Detect Early Alzheimer’s Disease

Results from two studies show that a new, non-invasive imaging device can see signs of Alzheimer’s disease in a matter of seconds. The researchers show that the small blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye are altered in patients with Alzheimer’s.

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Symposium Celebrates ‘Open Science’ In Alzheimer’s Research

In case you missed it, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer’s Association, in advance of the Association’s International Conference last month, hosted a pre-conference symposium titled, “Enabling Precision Medicine for Alzheimer’s Disease Through Open Science.”

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Discovery Could Block Aging’s Terrible Toll On The Brain

Work by researchers at the Univerity of Virginia may provide doctors an entirely new path to treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, age-related memory loss, and other neurodegenerative diseases.

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First Dementia Prevalence Data Reported in LGBT Older Adults

The first dementia prevalence data from a large population of lesbian, gay and bisexual older adults was reported this past week at the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago.

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Analysis: Healthcare System Unprepared For Alzheimer’s Cure

Those responsible for our healthcare system seem to believe they have ample time to secure the resources and set up the physical spaces and processes that will be needed to deliver cures to Alzheimer’s patients.

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Roche’s Alzheimer’s Detection Product Gets ‘Breakthrough’ Status

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Swiss drug manufacturer Roche “breakthrough device” status for its Elecsys products which are used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. Breakthrough device status means the new products will receive an accelerated review by the federal regulator, thus hastening delivery to the marketplace.

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Alzheimer’s Workgroup Develops Recommendations for Better Diagnosis

Responding to the urgent need for more timely and accurate Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis and improvement in patient care, a workgroup convened by the Alzheimer’s Association has developed 20 recommendations for physicians and nurse practitioners.

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Repeated Cognitive Testing Can Obscure Early Signs of Dementia

Repeated testing of middle-aged men generates a "practice effect" which can obscure true cognitive decline and delay detection of mild cognitive impairment, according to newly published research.

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