Tag Archives: Amyloid-β (Aβ) Accumulation

Grounds for Cautious Optimism Regarding Two Drugs Re-Purposed for Neurodegenerative Diseases? (BBC News / MRC / NHS Choices / Brain)

Summary Animal research, involving mice, has indicated promising results for the potential of two re-purposed drugs in helping to slow or halt the progression of a number of neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. “The best known drug of the pair … Continue reading

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Flashing Light: A Potential Alternative to Drug Treatment to Prevent Amyloid Plaque Formation? (BBC News / Nature)

Summary Animal research on genetically modified mice suggests that a specialised form of flashing light therapy might help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease. It appears that shining a strobe light, flashing at a rate of 40Hz, into rodents’ eyes … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Solanezumab Drug Trial Flops (BBC News / Alzheimer’s and Dementia)

Summary The phase 3 EXPEDITION3 trial has been abandoned, as Solanezumab failed to slow cognitive decline in tests on around 2,000 patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. Several other amyloid-clearance drugs are going through trials apparently. Full Text Link Reference Walsh, F. … Continue reading

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Early Promising Signs in Verubecestat Human Drug Trial – Since Dashed (NHS Choices / Science Translational Medicine / Translational Neurodegeneration / Biospace Inc)

Summary Early results from a Phase I trial indicate that the BACE1 inhibitor Verubecestat may effectively reduce β-amyloid formation in human patients with Alzheimer’s Disease. This appears to confirm previous trials with rats, monkeys and healthy young human adults. As … Continue reading

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Patterns in the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease? (NHS Choices / Science Advances)

Summary Patterns of gene activity (gene expression) in specific areas of the brain may help explain why Alzheimer’s Disease tends to start in certain regions before spreading further through the brain. “ …those regions of the brain in which tissues … Continue reading

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Dietary Exposure to Environmental Toxin Triggers Neurodegeneration? (BBC News / Royal Society Proceedings B Journal)

Summary Exposure to a toxin, Beta-N-methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA), from algae may be linked to dementia. This finding could offer fresh clues for the possible causes of the condition and potential future treatments. Research suggests that provision of L-serine in the diet … Continue reading

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New Hopes for Disease-Modifying Pharmacological Dementia Treatment (BBC News / AAIC / ARUK)

Summary Trials of the drug Solanezumab were abandoned in apparent failure in 2012. More detailed examination of the data has since revealed evidence that this medication may have a role in slowing the pace of progression in Alzheimer’s Disease slightly, … Continue reading

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