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Scientists Claim Link Between Herpes Virus and Alzheimer's

Renowned researchers pen an editorial calling for more research into virus and bacteria

(Newser) - Roughly two-thirds of American adults have been exposed to the herpes type 1 virus (oral; type 2 is the genital one), and they could be predisposed to developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. So writes a group of 31 international scientists and clinicians in an editorial in the Journal ... More »

Another Reason to Resolve to Get Good Sleep

Researchers suspect a lack of it could 'set the stage' for Alzheimer's

(Newser) - There's a new story to file under the "beware of too little sleep" category, and it's a pretty ominous one: that a lack of deep sleep could help pave the way to Alzheimer's disease. Actually, that there's some sort of relationship has long been established... More »

Scientists Create 'Alzheimer's in a Dish'

Breakthrough will make drug testing much easier

(Newser) - A huge breakthrough in Alzheimer's research—and one that doesn't involve tests on mice: Scientists have successfully created "Alzheimer's in a dish" using human brain cells in research that will make it much cheaper and easier to test new anti-Alzheimer's drugs, reports the New York ... More »

New Brain Scan Tests for Alzheimer's

Chemical marks amyloid proteins that show up in scan

(Newser) - A new test to help detect Alzheimer's disease has been approved by the FDA, raising hopes of improving early detection of the degenerative brain disorder, reports the Wall Street Journal . The test uses a radioactive agent that tags a protein called amyloid, which, when present in the brain, is... More »

Cancer Med Works Wonders Against Alzheimer's in Mice

Bexarotene removes plaque built up on brain

(Newser) - Scientists were "shocked and amazed" at the effects of a common cancer drug in battling Alzheimer's in mice. The disease causes a buildup of plaque in the brain—but just hours after mice received bexarotene, the plaque began to disappear and the mice got smarter, AFP reports. The... More »

MRIs Hold Promise of Early Alzheimer's Detection

Brain plaque spotted in rabbits

(Newser) - Researchers are a step closer to early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease using conventional MRI scanners. Plaque associated with Alzheimer's has been detected in rabbits by a team in Canada using MRI equipment, Reuters reports. Currently, the disease is diagnosed based on a series of tests, but a diagnosis can only... More »

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