Tag Archives: Protein Plaques

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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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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Use of Anti-Depressants to Slow Alzheimer’s Disease Onset? (BBC News / Science Translational Medicine / PNAS)

Summary Recent research into transgenic mice (and early, small-scale investigations with people) suggests that the anti-depressant citalopram could be used to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. This work in the United States appears to show that citalopram may counteract … Continue reading

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Quick Insight: United States Perspective on Dementia Research Funding and Progress (Cure Alzheimer’s Fund)

Summary This video gives an overview of the organisations and funding arrangements behind recent collaborative research work on Alzheimer’s Disease, and other form of dementia, in the USA. “Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) are … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Brain Plaques Cleared Rapidly by Cancer Drug in Mice (BBC News / NHS Choices)

Summary Clumps of a protein called beta-amyloid are a feature of Alzheimer’s Disease. The clearance of these plaques is widely thought to be a promising target for Alzheimer’s research. It has now been found that the destructive plaques found in the … Continue reading

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