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Antibodies offer hope for Alzheimer's patients

By Ronald Kotulak
Tribune science reporter
Published July 18, 2006

Treatment with antibodies naturally produced in the body appears to halt the memory-robbing progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to promising early research that scientists plan to expand over the next year.

Scientists from Weill Cornell Medical School in New York reported the findings Tuesday at the 10th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders in Madrid. The findings are similar to those from an earlier German study of five patients over six months.


Alzheimer's 'Risk Score' Spots Those Most Vulnerable


MONDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) -- Who's at highest risk for developing Alzheimer's disease as they age?

Researchers say they're getting closer to answering that question, which, in turn, could help pave the way to interventions that could slow or stop the illness.

A new "Dementia Risk Score," for instance, appears able to predict risk 20 years down the line for people who are currently middle-aged, a new study finds.


New test could help answer questions about Alzheimer's

Sun, Jun. 25, 2006 RANDOLPH E. SCHMID Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A new test may help scientists answer a perplexing "which came first" question about the development of Alzheimer's disease, possibly pointing the way to earlier diagnosis or even treatment.


Med diet cuts Alzheimer risk

Posted: Tue 18/04/2006

People who eat a Mediterranean diet may be at a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, the results of a new study indicate.

A team of researchers followed the progress of over 2,200 people who did not show any signs of dementia at the beginning of the study. The participants underwent a number of medical assessments, including a neurological exam. Their dietary habits were also recorded.


Antihypertensive Agents Appear Protective Against Alzheimer's

By Judith Groch, MedPage Today Staff Writer
Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
March 13, 2006
Also covered by: CNN, Forbes

BALTIMORE, March 13-Potassium-sparing diuretics reduce the risk of Alzheimer's by almost 70%, according a study of more than 3,000 persons ages 65 and older.


Heavy Metals Anchor Alzheimer's In Your Brain

Heavy metals and aluminum are in every part of our environment and food. These elements are deadly and you will benefit if you are aware of what they do where they come from.

Brain tissue has an attraction for heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and others. When heavy metals appear in the brain they can interfere with your natural brain chemistry. This interference, overtime, can accelerate the onset of dementia or Alzheimer's.


Use Iron and B Vitamins To Improve Your Brain Activity

In the US iron deficiency has been found to be a major problem in people of all ages. Everyone knows the lack of iron causes anemia. Iron is the center of our red blood cells, which allow oxygen to be carried throughout your body and into your brain. Your brain uses over 20% of the oxygen available in the blood. Lack of oxygen has a major impact on your brain's health and in the formation of dementiaa

Obesity linked to Alzheimer's disease protein

By Anne Harding

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - As body fat increases, so do blood levels of a protein fragment linked to Alzheimer's disease, a new study shows, which may begin to explain the recently reported association between obesity and the brain-wasting disease.


Breakdown of Myelin May Lead to Alzheimer's

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links the age-related breakdown of myelin, the fatty insulation coating brain cell connections, to the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

The report by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) demonstrated that genetic testing, coupled with MRI imaging of myelin breakdown, may prove useful in assessing treatments for prevention of the disease, the scientists said.


Weight loss may precede Alzheimer's, study finds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some older people who inexplicably lose weight may be in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

A study of more than 800 healthy nuns, priests and monks who were slightly overweight on average showed that those who lost about one unit of body mass index a year -- a little more than five pounds (2 kg) or so -- had a 35 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer's than those with no weight change.