Archive for the ‘Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MCI’ Category

Protecting Memory Health Organically

25th February 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

Some interesting work being done by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies with organic compounds that appear to provide some protection against memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Salk researchers applied flavonols, a type of chemical with strong anti-oxidant properties found in many fruits and vegetables, to a mouse model that mimics symptoms […]

    Can Infant Brain Scans Predict Future Alzheimer’s Risk?

    25th January 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

    In a study destined to generate some controversy, researchers at Brown University and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute have identified significant differences in the brain scans of babies (ages 2 months to 25 months), based on their APOE4 gene status, a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. A total of 162 sleeping babies underwent MRI brain scans […]

      Merck Advances BACE Inhibitor Trial for Alzheimer’s Disease

      16th January 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

      Merck announced last month that it is moving ahead with MK-8931, an experimental BACE inhibitor drug designed to slow the production of amyloid beta protein in the brain, one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Beta secretase (BACE) inhibitors work by interfering with the process that creates amyloid beta protein in the first place, in […]

        SAGE Test-Self Administered Gerocognitive Exam Review

        13th January 2014 by admin Comments Off

        We are adding the Self Administered Gerocognitive Exam (SAGE) test to the list of validated cognitive screening instruments that can be administered in pen and paper format. The 15 minute SAGE test, used to screen for early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia, was developed and validated by a research team at Ohio State University Wexner […]

          How a Good Night’s Sleep Helps Support Brain Health

          7th January 2014 by Christian Elliott Comments Off

          A pair of recent research studies on sleep highlight how important quality of sleep is for a healthy brain. Our brains consume over 20% of all metabolic activity (mainly oxygen & glucose) in the human body, even though the average brain comprises only 2% of body weight. This outsize power usage produces a host of […]