WAR ON ALZHEIMER’S IS LOSING

Alzheimer’s disease has the sad distinction among the top causes of death in the U.S. of being the only one with no treatment, no cure, and no way to slow its progression once symptoms appear. Although research continues, no new drugs have been approved for AD since 2003.  Meanwhile,  Medicare and Medicaid costs for those with Alzheimer’s […]

Baby Boomers and Alzheimer’s Disease

The L.A. Times on 7/21 reported “over the next 35 years, about 28 million baby boomers will likely develop Alzheimer’s disease, and the annual bill for their care will balloon from $11.9 billion in 2020 to more than $328 billion in 2040,” according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. Unless a treatment […]

Air Pollution Linked to Dementia

A report in the July/August 2015 edition of Mother Jones describes the “terrifying” new science that links air pollution to degenerative  brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.   Fine particles can travel up to thousands of miles from their source; ultrafine particles fly as far as six miles. Both kinds of air particles can enter the brain […]

My supplements to prevent Alzheimer’s disease

I have been asked what supplements I rely on to prevent and/or postpone Alzheimer’s disease. I must confess that I don’t take a lot of pills every day.  The research on supplements is not very conclusive, partly because of the difficulty of doing a controlled, double-blind study and partly because of the possible placebo effect. […]

“Alzheimer’s drug spurs hope”

“Alzheimer’s drug spurs hope” is the headline in today’s (6-1-15) SF Chronicle. Biogen announced a new antibody that substantially reduced abnormal protein deposits in the brain. Patients who received the therapy had significantly less cognitive decline than the control group showed. Although this clinical trial was small, a larger one is planned for July. One […]

Good News about Preventing Alzheimer’s

Third Good News about Preventing Alzheimer’s in the Past Three Days!!! A research team led by neurosurgeon Daniel Lim at UCSF has discovered an RNA molecule they call Pinky that, when removed from stem cells, allows neuron production to increase 3 to 4 times. This finding has possible applications to not only to Alzheimer’s, but […]

New Alzheimer’s Drug Fights Plaques

Biogen labs announced that their new drug called Aducanumab, designed to get rid of beta-amyloid plaques, met or exceeded expectations in a small Phase 1 trial. Compared to the placebo group who worsened by 3.14 points over the course of a year on a 30-point scale, the experimental group who received the highest dosage declined […]

Exciting New Alzheimer’s Research

“New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function––Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques – structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients.” While human tests are still in the future (first mice, next sheep, then humans), […]