It was announced last Monday that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would be investing $4 million into research surrounding dietary effects on Alzheimer’s disease. This money has been awarded as a five-year grant to researchers that will use the funding to explore the benefits of a healthy and anti-inflammatory diet. Specifically studying older residents of a multicultural New York neighbourhood, they will look into the potential this diet will have in lowering the risk of cognitive decline.
A recent study published in the Alzheimer’s and dementia section of the Translation Research and Clinical Interventions journal, explores the relation sex, and gender has on the effects of neurodegeneration. The study was devised by the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) to provide a platform to include sex and gender in the discussion on Alzheimer’s disease. It has been shown that there are great differences depending on the persons living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia’s sex.
Scientists at McMaster University have recently discovered that high-intensity exercise, in addition to the known health advantages, has actually been seen to improve memory as well. These findings were the result of a research study that was recently published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. The study looked at 95 young adults and had them to perform 20 minutes of interval training, high-intensity bouts of strenuous physical activity.
A recent paper, from researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, investigated why some brain regions degenerate with the development of Alzheimer’s disease, while other regions seem to be protected from the condition’s effects. The paper that will be published in Stem Cell Reports, has discovered that certain patterns of degeneration, and the areas that are vulnerable to it, can be linked to specific encoding factors found in the DNA of the different brain regions.
On Sunday it was announced that Bill Gates, billionaire and Microsoft co-founder, was going to be investing $100 million dollars into researching dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Gates is hoping that his contribution will aide in finding a significant medical treatment for Alzheimer’s disease because, out of the top ten causes of death, it is the only one that currently does not have one.