Topics of Interest: Alzheimer's
Risk gene for Alzheimer’s disease associated with lower brain amyloid
October 1, 2012
Researchers investigating a known gene risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease discovered it is associated with lower levels of beta amyloid—a brain protein involved in Alzheimer’s—in cognitively healthy older people....
Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit offers research recommendations
May 18, 2012
The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2012: Path to Treatment and Prevention, held May 14-15, 2012, brought together leading experts on Alzheimer’s disease and other complex diseases to identify research priorities and...
Genes involved in age-related declines in brain volume may play role in Alzheimer’s disease
April 16, 2012
The hippocampus, a brain region important to learning and memory, gradually loses volume as part of the normal aging process. This loss is significantly accelerated in older people with Alzheimer’s disease, especially if they have...
New study identifies role of large protein fragment in blocking amyloid build-up
April 13, 2012
Plaques made up of abnormal deposits of beta-amyloid protein are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. The toxic buildup begins when the beta-secretase enzyme (BACE), working in concert with a partner enzyme, snips a small fragment of...
New criteria announced for assessing Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology
January 18, 2012
The neuropathology guidelines used since 1997 to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease at autopsy have been updated to reflect a deeper understanding of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. This will help pathologists characterize Alzheimer...
Latest Alzheimer’s Research Progress Report Released
January 17, 2012
2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: A Deeper Understanding, the latest annual Alzheimer’s research report from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) , is now available online. Prepared by the National Institute on Aging...
Pilot trial of insulin nasal-spray for Alzheimer’s yields promising results
September 12, 2011
Results of a pilot clinical trial show a nasal-spray form of insulin delayed memory loss and preserved cognition in people with cognitive deficits that range from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to moderate Alzheimer’s disease....
Alzheimer's diagnostic guidelines updated for first time in decades
April 19, 2011
For the first time in 27 years, clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease dementia have been revised, and research guidelines for earlier stages of the disease have been characterized to reflect a deeper understanding of...
Studies find possible new genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease
April 4, 2011
Scientists have confirmed one gene variant and have identified several others that may be risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of the disorder. In the largest genome-wide association study, or GWAS,...
VA expands caregiver support program developed by NIA-funded researchers
February 15, 2011
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is expanding support nationally to caregivers of veterans with Alzheimer’s disease with a program developed by NIA-funded researchers. The REACH VA (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer...