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January 21, 2007

New Alzheimer's Disease Gene Identified

Researchers at Toronto University have identified a gene that increases the risk of late-onset Alzheimer's disease by 20%.

The gene — SORL1 — stands out because it's been tested in four ethnic groups and a form of it seems to confer a risk in all of them — including North Europeans, Caribbean Latinos, African Americans and Israeli Arabs.

Gene contributes to Alzheimer's risk

Posted by Staff at 2:48 PM

October 19, 2006

Marijuana May Slow Alzheimer's Disease

According to a new study at Ohio State University, marijuana may slow or prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease. Using a synthetic marijuana-like compound, they successfully reduced inflammation in the brains of rats with memory problems similar to Alzheimer's.

The Ohio State researchers are among many investigating the effects of marijuana ingredients on Alzheimer's, which progressively damages areas of the brain involved in memory, judgment, language and behavior. Reports from various investigators indicate there might be more than one therapeutic component of marijuana against Alzheimer's.

Maybe this is one study the rats actually enjoyed!

Turns out it was better to inhale pot

Posted by Staff at 2:37 AM

October 11, 2006

Antipsychotics Don't Benefit Alzheimer's Patients

A new study shows that antipsychotics Zyprexa, Risperdal and Seroquel often prescribed to Alzheimer's patients do very little good and may cause serious harm.

This is alarming news, considering that as many as one quarter of all Alzheimer's patients in nursing homes are on these antipsychotics. Physicians often prescribe these drugs to Alzheimer's patients off-label even though they are not approved to treat the disease.

None of the antipsychotic drugs is currently approved for Alzheimer's disease, and several short-term industry-sponsored clinical trials have failed to show a benefit. The FDA has required prominent "black box" warnings on the drugs' labels about side effects in elderly people following cases where the drugs were associated with strokes and death.

Little Benefit Seen in Antipsychotics Used in Alzheimer's

Posted by Staff at 11:40 PM

September 27, 2006

Cabernet Sauvignon May Prevent Alzheimer's

A new study has found that Cabernet Sauvignon prevents plaque build-up in the brains of mice. Plaque build-up is believed to be the cause of Alzheimer's disease.

"This study supports epidemiological evidence indicating that moderate wine consumption, within the range recommended by the FDA dietary guidelines of one drink per day for women and two for men, may help reduce the relative risk for AD clinical dementia," researchers Dr. Giulio Maria Pasinetti and Dr. Jun Wang said in a prepared statement.

Cabernet Sauvignon appears to inhibit proteins that cause plaque buildup in brain

Related links: Alzheimer's disease

Posted by Staff at 7:56 PM


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