Topics of Interest: Alzheimer's
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...
Scientists isolate a toxic key to Alzheimer’s disease in human brains
June 23, 2008
Scientists have long questioned whether the abundant amounts of amyloid plaques found in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s actually caused the neurological disease or were a by-product of its progress. Now, using new research...
Study shows association of glucose metabolism with family history of Alzheimer's
March 11, 2008
Cognitively normal people with a maternal family history of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) show reductions in their cerebral glucose metabolism in the same brain areas as those seen in people who have been diagnosed with AD, according to...
Research shows that practice constraints can impact dementia care
March 11, 2008
Limited time, limited reimbursement, and other health care barriers may lead to challenges when treating dementia patients, according to a study by the NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the University of California,...
One in seven Americans age 71 and older has some type of dementia, NIH-funded study estimates
October 30, 2007
A new analysis suggests that about 3.4 million Americans age 71 and older—one in seven people in that age group—have dementia, and 2.4 million of them have Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study, supported by the National...
Study finds mix of disease processes at work in brains of most people with dementia
June 13, 2007
Few older people die with brains untouched by a pathological process, however, an individual’s likelihood of having clinical signs of dementia increases with the number of different disease processes present in the brain, according...
Early results from Alzheimer's neuroimaging biomarker project show promise for faster study of therapies
June 10, 2007
Alzheimer’s disease researchers may be able to reduce the time and expense associated with clinical trials, according to early results from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a public-private research...
NIA Statement: Early findings from ADAPT indicate NSAIDs do not prevent Alzheimer’s disease
April 25, 2007
The drugs naproxen and celecoxib did not reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease in an analysis of data from a clinical trial sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The trial...
New brain imaging compound shows promise for earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease
December 20, 2006
A new imaging molecule that can detect and map plaques and tangles in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease could eventually lead to earlier diagnosis of the devastating disease, researchers at the University of California,...
Mental exercise helps maintain some seniors' thinking skills
December 19, 2006
Certain mental exercises can offset some of the expected decline in older adults' thinking skills and show promise for maintaining cognitive abilities needed to do everyday tasks such as shopping, making meals and handling finances,...