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Friday, January 22, 2016

How early can we diagnose for signs of dementia? Memory loss may not be the earliest

Alzheimer’s patients have been known to experience behavioural changes such as depression, apathy, irritability, and appetite loss, but researchers have not recognized how early these symptoms can appear, nor have they concretely established these symptoms as predictors or consequences of the disease.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Loss of orientation: shedding light on a common experience for dementia patients

Two studies conducted in the University of Exeter Medical School revealed some insight upon the loss of orientation in dementia patients, which is a common experience for those with the condition.

The first study regarded the entorhinal cortex, which is a part of the brain related to spatial navigation. This cortex contains cells known as “grid cells”, which are

Friday, January 22, 2016

Progression of Alzheimer's disease linked to inflammation

A study conducted at the University of Southampton reveals that an increase in immune cells can actually drive the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Originally, the theory was that Alzheimer’s disease disturbs the immune response of the brain, but an experimental model shows evidence otherwise.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Blocking brain inflammation could protect against memory loss in Alzheimer's Disease

A new study discovered that blocking a receptor in the brain that regulates immune cells could prevent some changes to memory and behaviour observed in Alzheimer’s disease. This study adds to evidence that inflammation in the brain plays a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease

Monday, January 18, 2016

Dementia Discovery Fund made its first investment to San-Francisco-based alector

The Dementia Discovery Fund, established last year with support from the U.K. government and several of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, aims to create at least one breakthrough dementia treatment by 2025. The fund has made its first investment of $29.5 million to San Francisco-based Alector LLC. 

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