Health News

It's In the Genes
A protein created by a gene that causes Alzheimer’s disease prevents the brain from ridding itself of amyloid beta, the main culprit in the plaques and tangles that are hallmarks of the disease.
A New Sign of Alzheimer's
People with Alzheimer’s disease have higher concentrations of a particular protein in their spinal fluid than people without the disease, recent research suggests.
A Spice That Fights Alzheimer's
Could cinnamon really help fight Alzheimer's disease?
Before the Sun Goes Down
Elderly adults who live in institutions like nursing homes are more likely to experience a syndrome known as “sundowning”—and now researchers have clues as to why.
Trigger for Rare, Fatal Disease Uncovered
The triggers for some diseases are never discovered. But often times when they are it offers substantial aid toward finding ways to prevent and treat such diseases.
Molecular Superhero Slows Alzheimer’s
A naturally occurring brain protein could lead to better treatments for Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have discovered a "molecular chaperone" - a type of protein that responds to disease - and its ability to kill toxic Alzheimer's tangles in the brain.
Competing Brain Cells Lead to Memory Development
Much like advanced electronic devices with large systems of circuits and wires, our brain is a complicated machine. But unlike programming a remote control, the brain can do work itself -- shaping and refining memories unassisted.
A Cup of Joe Each Day Keeps Alzheimer's Away?
Coffee may offer a protective benefit against Alzheimer’s disease that other caffeinated drinks don’t—and now researchers are closer to figuring out why.
New Genetic Clues About Rare Brain Disorder
Progressive supranuclear palsy is a rare and devastating disease with no known treatments. New genetic clues could provide new insights into  neurodegenerative therapies.
Detecting Dementia in Down Syndrome Adults
Researchers at UCLA have discovered a brain-scan technique that could help detect dementia in adults with Down syndrome. The researchers created a chemical marker, known as FDDNP.