Migraine Suppression Device Approved by FDA

The U.S. FDA recently approved an interesting approach for treating migraines that doesn’t involve the standard treatment regimen of migraine medications. Using the principle of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), the device is a headband that delivers small electrical impulses to branches of the trigeminal nerve, a nerve responsible for facial sensations and motor functions. […]

Protecting Memory Health Organically

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?

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 […]

Alcohol is Your Brain’s Friend, and Enemy

Take a pass on that third glass of wine (or beer, or liquor) if you want to keep your memory and cognitive health in good shape as you age into your golden years. That’s the message from a study on alcohol consumption and brain health, published in the journal Neurology. The study tracked over 7,000 […]

Merck Advances BACE Inhibitor Trial for Alzheimer’s Disease

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

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 […]