Tag Archives: Amyloid

EPPS Clears Amyloid Plaques in Mice: Alzheimer’s Disease Potentially Reversible? (BBC News / NHS Choices / Nature Communications)

Summary Korean researchers have identified a chemical (EPPS) which appears to be capable of clearing amyloid plaques from the brains of transgenic mice. The amount of plaques present in these animals’ brains was reduced in treated mice, and the treated … Continue reading

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Potential Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Transmission (BBC News / NHS Choices / Nature / MRC)

Summary There may be a theoretical risk of Alzheimer’s Disease being transmissible during surgical procedures, in the manner of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). This hypothesis has arisen as a result of the examination of the brains of eight patients who had … 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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Phase III Gantenerumab Trial for Prodromal Alzheimer’s Disease Discontinued (Biospace Inc)

Summary The Scarlet RoAD study (a Phase III trial), researching the anti-amyloid drug Gantenerumab for the possible treatment of prodromal (pre-dementia) Alzheimer’s Disease, has been abandoned following disappointing results. Gantenerumab-related research (in a different Phase III investigation) is still underway … Continue reading

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More on the Cognitive Reserve Hypothesis (BBC News / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary A small study based at the University of California suggests some people’s brains may have the ability to resist early damage arising in the initial stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. In elderly subjects asked to memorise a series of pictures … Continue reading

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Concerning the Diagnostic Accuracy of Plasma and CSF Biomarkers (Cochrane Database)

Summary This systematic review investigates the diagnostic accuracy of blood plasma and CSF Aß levels for detecting patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and who are likely to progress to Alzheimer’s Disease or other types of dementia. The accuracy of … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarkers: Updated Hypothetical Model (Lancet Neurology)

Summary A hypothetical model of the major biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease, published by the same authors in 2010, has been updated in the light of new evidence. Full Text Link Reference Jack, CR. Jr. Knopman, DS. [and] Jagust, WJ. [et … Continue reading

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