Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s

A New Odor Test Could Detect the Early Stages of Alzheimer’s

Researchers are using a sniff test to identify the disease

What if you could detect the early stages of Alzheimer’s using only your nose? A group of researchers is developing a new odor test that they think could help doctors identify patients who have the disease. In two recent studies, researchers discovered … Continue reading

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Scientists Discover Gene That Determines How Fast Your Brain Will Age

The effects of TMEM106B kick in once a person reaches the age of 65

A new study conducted by Columbia University Medical Center Researchers and published this week in the journal Cell Systems identifies a gene that seemingly dictates how fast a brain ages.  The gene, called TMEM106B, begins to effect the brain once … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die”

The documentary takes an honest look at aid in dying

When author Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he had to confront an uncomfortable decision: Should he see his illness through to the end (and risk losing his dignity in the process), or should he choose to end his life prematurely? … Continue reading

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Finding Alzheimer’s Drugs is Harder Than You Think

Here's why researchers struggle to find treatments for Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease is a well-known disorder that affects 5.4 million Americans. Yet there are currently only four drugs available that treat its symptoms. Unlike cancer treatments, which are varied, plentiful and targeted to specific forms of the disease, Alzheimer’s drugs are … Continue reading

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Turn Back the Clock: Reversing the Effects of Aging?

Scientists are working to reverse certain effects of aging like muscle and memory loss -- but what is the key ingredient to "turning back the clock"?

“When I first heard this story from Tony Wyss-Coray, I thought it was absolutely amazing,” said Rudolph Tanzi, professor of neurology at Harvard. “I thought it was too good to be true.” Wyss-Coray was referring to the recent progress made … Continue reading

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Film Review: Away from Her by director Sarah Polley

Of all the films made about the onset of dementia and Alzheimer's, Polley's ranks as one of the most graceful -- and honest

“Away from Her” (2006) is a rare film about Alzheimer’s disease, and in my opinion, one of the best. As a film adaptation of the talented Alice Munro’s short story, “The Bear Came Over the Mountain,” Sarah Polley’s film already … Continue reading

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