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We Just Got More Evidence Our Leading Hypothesis About Alzheimer’s Could Be Wrong

by Mike McRae, ScienceAlert

The leading hypothesis on the cause of Alzheimer’s is looking shaky, following a new study that tracked the disease’s early progress in hundreds of volunteers.

For more than 30 years, amyloid plaques have been primary suspects in the cause of dementia. While the potentially toxic accumulations of protein still seem to be related, this research is part of a growing body of evidence that suggest they’re actually latecomers to the disease rather than an early trigger.

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Search For Alzheimer’s Cure Taking Place Aboard International Space Station

by Johnny Vatican, Medical Daily

The search for a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases is now also taking place in outer space.

A new and innovative experiment is currently taking place aboard the International Space Station (ISS) that stands to help researchers on Earth make new progress in the fight against aggressive neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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The Ability To Read and Write Could Help Protect the Brain From Dementia, Study Suggests

by Hunter Moyler, Newsweek – Health

People who cannot read or write may be three times as likely to eventually develop dementia, according to a study published in the journal Neurology on Wednesday.

Dementia is an umbrella term that refers to conditions broadly defined as “a decline in memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking skills that affect a person’s ability to perform everyday activities,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association. It is ultimately caused when cells in the brain are damaged or die such that they cannot effectively communicate with each other.

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Simple drug combination creates new neurons from neighboring cells

by Jiu-Chao Yin, Gail Mccormick, Pennsylvania State University, Medical Xpress

A simple drug cocktail that converts cells neighboring damaged neurons into functional new neurons could potentially be used to treat stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and brain injuries. A team of researchers at Penn State identified a set of four, or even three, molecules that could convert glial cells—which normally provide support and insulation for neurons—into new neurons. A paper describing the approach appears online in the journal Stem Cell Reports on February 7, 2019.

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