Tag Archives: Beta-Amyloid Plaques

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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Further Evidence on the Association Between Poor Oral Health and the Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease. New Possibilities for Treatment? (BBC News / Science Advances)

Summary Analysis of brain tissue, spinal fluid, and saliva from persons with Alzheimer’s Disease indicates the presence of Porphyromonas gingivalis (the bacterium associated with chronic gum disease) in the brain and central nervous system. Animal research using mice indicates that … 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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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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Early Signs of a Historic Breakthrough in the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease? (BBC News / Nature)

Summary Early results, based on small numbers of patients in a Phase I trial, indicate unprecedented progress in the development of a pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. The drug Aducanumab appears to combat (and reverse) the build-up of amyloid protein … 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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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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