Category Archives: Market-Health Care

Avoiding Alzheimer’s Caregiver Burnout

Editor’s note: This is the second article in a series on caregiver support – strategies for managing stress and how to locate and utilize your local resources. Once you have recognized the symptoms of caregiver burnout and you realize that “going it alone” is no longer a healthy option for you or your loved one, […]

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Might Be Repurposed For Alzheimer’s Disease

A medication commonly used to treat inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis could turn out to have useful treatment effects for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in Nature Medicine. Salsalate, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), appears to prevent the buildup of toxic tau protein in the brain. In addition to Alzheimer’s, harmful tau […]

UCSD Plays Hardball with USC over Alzheimer’s Study Database

The University of Southern California (USC) fired off the latest salvo on Friday in a legal dispute with University of California San Diego (UCSD) over control of a major Alzheimer’s research study. The trigger for the original lawsuit was the June 21 resignation of the Director of ADCS, Dr. Paul S. Aisen, from his job […]

Market Update: Memory Assessment Tests with Computerized Screening Tools

New computerized memory screening methods begin to move standardized memory health tests into the home and physician’s office. Screening for early, subtle signs of cognitive impairment becomes important as pharmaceutical companies shift focus to Alzheimer’s drug candidates that may prevent or slow buildup of amyloid protein in the brain. Purchase Report, a research […]

UCSD Sues USC over Alzheimer’s Research Data

In what can be best described as a public family brawl, the University of California San Diego (UCSD) has filed a lawsuit against the University of Southern California (USC) alleging breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy, and commission of computer crimes related to a major Alzheimer’s research project called the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS). […]

The 20 Second Brain Health Test

If you have 20 seconds to spare, try this brain test which can tell you a surprising amount of information about the health of your brain: Keeping your eyes open, balance yourself on one leg for at least 20 seconds. Yes, that’s all. This seemingly simple task activates a complex system of sensory, balance, and […]

Biogen Drug Offers a Glimmer of Hope for Alzheimers Disease

An experimental Alzheimer’s treatment, code named BIIB037 (also known as aducanumab, an amyloid antibody), has shown some encouraging improvements in cognition for patients during a small, preliminary Phase I trial conducted by Biogen Idec. The improvement in cognition for Alzheimer’s patients taking aducanumab was statistically significant, so this will be an interesting Alzheimer’s drug candidate […]

Information Sharing and Education in Focus at Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Conference

Next week several hundred neuroscientists, medical experts, entrepreneurs, and policy makers will gather in Los Angeles to discuss the impact of brain research advances and neurotechnology breakthroughs during the annual World Congress for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics. These breakthroughs range from external brain stimulation devices, to emerging methods to detect Alzheimer’s and dementia long before […]