Topics of Interest: Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative enters next phase of research
October 21, 2010
The National Institutes of Health is expanding the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a groundbreaking study that will recruit hundreds of new volunteers to help define the subtle changes that may take place in the...
Allopregnanolone reverses memory loss in mouse model of Alzheimer's
June 15, 2010
Allopregnanolone, a metabolite of the hormone progesterone that is made in the central nervous system, reversed neurological decline and improved performance on memory tests in 3-month-old mice with characteristics of Alzheimer's...
Subjective cognitive impairment could be precursor of further decline
June 15, 2010
The cognitive health of older adults with “subjective cognitive impairment” (SCI) declined faster and further than that of people without SCI over a period of years, a recent study found. The study suggests that very early,...
Gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease plays key role in cell survival
June 10, 2010
Scientists have discovered that a gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease may play a beneficial role in cell survival by enabling neurons to clear away toxic proteins. A study funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the...
Recovery funds advance Alzheimer’s disease research
November 23, 2009
American Recovery and Reinvestment Funds are being used to promote the national research efforts to better understand, diagnose and treat Alzheimer’s disease. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of...
Scientists identify two gene variants associated with Alzheimer’s risk
September 8, 2009
In the largest genome-wide association study (GWAS) reported to date involving Alzheimer’s disease, scientists have identified two new possible genetic risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s, the most common form of the...
Study shows possible link between secondhand smoke, cognitive impairment
May 12, 2009
A recent article about a population-based study in England reports that exposure to secondhand smoke could increase the odds of older nonsmokers becoming cognitively impaired. In work funded in part by the NIA, researchers measured levels...
PET scans with PiB show beta-amyloid in brains of cognitively normal older adults
May 12, 2009
Two recent NIA-funded studies used novel imaging techniques to explore the possible connection between the buildup of beta-amyloid protein deposits in the brains in living people and the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD)....
Study to examine early, inherited form of Alzheimer's
November 19, 2008
The adult children of people diagnosed with inherited Alzheimer's disease are the focus of a new study to better understand the biology of the disease. Researchers are seeking 300 volunteers with a biological parent with a known...
Ginkgo Evaluation of Memory (GEM) study fails to show benefit in preventing dementia in the elderly
November 18, 2008
The dietary supplement Ginkgo biloba was found to be ineffective in reducing the development of dementia and Alzheimer's disease in older people, according to a study published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association...