The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $4.8-million grant to support a project designed to discover how the ApoE4 gene variant, a known genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, induces neurodegeneration.
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Two experimental drugs failed to prevent or slow mental decline in a study of people who are virtually destined to develop Alzheimer’s disease at a relatively young age because they inherited rare gene flaws.
In this week’s series of The Brain Warrior’s Way Podcast, we are honored to have friend of the show Dr. David Perlmutter return for a discussion centered around his new book “Brain Wash.” Dr. Perlmutter and the Amens explain the fascinating reason why the poor decision-making and ‘us vs. them’ mentality in our society could be attributed to the changing function in certain areas of the brain as a result of our highly inflammatory diet.
Microglia, key immune cells in the brain, may play a significant role in memory retention.
Without their cell phones, study participants had increased difficulty concentrating and experienced more mind-wandering that those who had access to their phones. Those who had access to their phone, but were told to resist using them had greater perceived concentration abilities than those who had no access to their device.
Scientists in London have identified a type of genetic mutation that appears to protect against late-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Patients with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, which can be reduced by treatment with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors.
Activating group 2 innate lymphoid cells in aging brains helps improve memory in mice. The findings could help in the development of treatments for neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging.
As the quest to understand the complexities of Alzheimer’s continues, researchers have now identified genetic mutations related to autism that may play a role in the neurodegenerative disease as well.
People with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s disease can benefit significantly from a six-month aerobic training program. Aerobic exercise helps improve brain glucose metabolism and executive function, in addition to increasing cardiorespiratory fitness.