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). […]

Warning on Neurotoxic Pesticides

A controversial decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow water borne use of a neurotoxic pesticide has ignited debate on the safety of using pesticides directly on aquatic ecosystems. The pesticide in question is imidacloprid, a chemical used extensively for pest control on millions of acres of farmland and cropland, along with […]

Positive Traits of a Healthy 90 Year Old Brain

Planning on living into your 80s and 90s? If you also plan on having a good quality of life in your later decades, pay attention to these important traits of healthy seniors. Backed by research from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, there are several […]

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 […]

Even “Minor” Concussions Can Cause Brain Bleeding

A recent brain imaging study confirms that small areas of bleeding known as microbleeds can occur in the cerebral cortex of people who have sustained concussions. By using an MRI imaging technique called susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI), researchers were able to identify several areas of cerebral cortex bleeding in mild TBI (concussion) patients that were completely […]