Study: There are four types of Alzheimer’s disease

New research suggests that there is no "typical" form of Alzheimer's disease, as the condition can manifest in at least four different ways.

  • A new study suggests that not all cases of Alzheimer's are the same.
  • The disease progresses differently depending on where the tau protein is accumulating in the brain.
  • This finding may provide a new route for research and treatment options.
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Can scientists find the ‘holy grail’ of Alzheimer’s research?

Clinical trials at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research focus on stabilizing cognitive loss and alleviating the psychotic symptoms that change our loved ones.

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  • Alzheimer's is a neurodegenerative disease that is estimated to affect twice as many Americans by 2050, making it a troubling eventuality for many young adults.
  • There's currently no cure for Alzheimer's, but clinical trials of immunotherapy approaches show promise.
  • Immunotherapies may also alleviate the psychotic symptoms of Alzheimer's, like agitation, aggression, and paranoia.
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Using multiple devices at once is causing your memory to fail, study finds

A Stanford study explores the effect of multitasking on memory in young adults.

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  • The study explores the effect on memory of media multitasking as one's attention flits from place to place onscreen.
  • Participants' focus was tracked by observation of their pupil size and brain activity.
  • Remembering something is less likely when you're not really paying attention to your experience with it.
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Study finds hard physical labor raises risk for dementia

Work that can break down the body can also break down the mind.

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  • A new study out of Denmark finds that physical laborers are at an elevated risk of dementia.
  • These findings hold even when other health factors are accounted for.
  • The study also suggests that exercise can help reduce the risk of memory loss.
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New brain scan analysis tool can detect early signs of dementia

Researchers develop the first objective tool for assessing the onset of cognitive decline through the measurement of white spots in the brain.

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  • MRI brain scans may show white spots that scientists believe are linked to cognitive decline.
  • Experts have had no objective means of counting and measuring these lesions.
  • A new tool counts white spots and also cleverly measures their volumes.
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