Tag Archives: Amyloid-β (Aβ)

Biogen’s Aducanumab: Possibly the First Viable Drug Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease? (BBC News)

Summary There were early hopes that the drug Aducanumab (from Biogen) might be able to slow down the build-up of amyloid protein in the brain, but trials were halted in March 2019 due to “disappointing” trial results. Subsequent re-analysis of … Continue reading

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Blood Test Able to Predict Alzheimer’s Disease Decades Before Symptoms? (BBC News / Neurology)

Summary Research published in the Neurology journal claims a significant breakthrough in the development of a blood test (for plasma Aβ42/Aβ40) which may be able to predict Alzheimer’s Disease onset with 94% accuracy. Due caution: “But it’s important to note … Continue reading

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Preventative Treatment to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease, Using Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs? (NHS Choices / Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease)

Summary A recent article suggests that use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) might help to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease, if prescription were to be commenced years before clinical signs were to develop. An NHS Choices Behind the … Continue reading

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Blood Test for Pre-Symptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease Likely to Arrive Soon? (BBC News / Nature)

Summary A blood test developed by researchers in Australia and Japan appears to be able to predict the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease, with 90% accuracy. Detection of amyloid beta in the blood may be taken as a biomarker for … Continue reading

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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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Potential Relationship Between Vitamin A Deficiency and Alzheimer’s Disease Risk? (NHS Choices / Acta Neuropathologica)

Summary NHS Choices’ Behind the Headlines covers Chinese and Canadian research, based on both humans and animals, indicating potential associations between Vitamin A deficiency and later development of Alzheimer’s Disease. “ …vitamin A deficiency is a problem in the developing … 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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