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Brave New World? Technology in Dementia Diagnosis, Care

Do you associate technology with youth? Picture this woman doing an automated telephone assessment and think again. Modern gadgets stand poised to transform dementia research and care. Researchers are harnessing the power of computers, digital cameras, ...

Michael J. Fox Foundation Launches Big PD Biomarker Study

A $40 million multicenter biomarker study for Parkinson disease progression is off and running, with enrollment underway at 10 of 18 sites in the U.S. and Europe. In design and operation, the  Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative  (PPMI) ...

Task Force Focuses on Tracing Brain Amyloid

Online training for use of Amyvid, the first FDA-approved Aβ imaging ligand, is now up and running,even as a task force convened by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and the Alzheimer's Association scrambles to formulate some expert guidelines on how ...

Medical Foods for Alzheimer's: Palatable Therapy or Snake Oil?

In the absence of truly effective treatments, and in the presence of a rapidly growing, dementia-prone population of elders, it's perhaps no surprise that people are increasingly open to products claiming even the slightest hint of promise, however ...

Deep-Brain Stimulation: Surgical Relief for Parkinson's and Beyond

In this series, ARF takes stock of deep-brain stimulation after more than a decade of life-altering procedures,  In deep brain stimulation, surgeons implant wires into the brain and hook them up to a pacemaker-like stimulator implanted in the chest, which ...

AD Biomarker Labs Can Get Standard Protocol, Quality Control

Did you know that if you had a spinal tap for a cerebrospinal fluid-based Alzheimer's diagnosis in Boston, Stockholm, London, or San Diego, the readout would likely be different in each place? And different again this year and next? That's a ...

Guidelines Bring Needed Change, Though Not Enough for Some

U.S. guidelines for assessing Alzheimer's disease (AD) neuropathology are getting a much-needed facelift. The existing ones, in place since 1997, had fallen out of step with the current understanding of AD as a disease with a long preclinical stage. ...

Modern Microscopy

Modern Microscopy Skims Surface of Living Minds and Spines Modern Microscopy Plumbs the Depths of Brain Tissue ...

Update on DIAN, API, A4: All About Biomarkers, Trials, and Funds

Alzforum readers who follow the science of preclinical Alzheimer's and prevention may have heard about three independent but complementary programs that together are laying the groundwork for secondary prevention trials across the spectrum of rare to ...

New Genetics—From Sequence to Knowledge

When the first human genome sequence was finished in 2003, it quickly became clear that its seemingly unending stream of letters was not enough to comprehend what makes people tick. All the moving parts that bring the DNA code to life needed to be ...

Cortical Hubs to Rich Clubs—Linking Brain Connectivity to Function

If you find it hard to keep up with Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social networks, spare a thought for the brain. With 100 to 500 trillion synaptic connections, the human brain dwarfs all of them. How do those connections work to formulate thought, recall ...

Brain Training—Plain Gaming, or a New Vein for Preclinical Research?

If you listen to National Public Radio, watch TV, or surf the Web, chances are you have come across commercials enticing you to “improve your memory” and “unlock your inner genius” with “brain training developed by neuroscientists.”  In search of solid ...

To Sleep, Perchance to Clean…the Brain, Make Memories

Researchers have tied sleep to clearance of waste products such as excess Aβ. New research suggests this clearance may be driven by a change in the extracellular ion composition, which swells the interstitial fluid. Other work finds an essential role for ...

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Returns for a Repeat Performance in 2015

Last year's ice bucket challenge for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis netted $220 million in donations for ALS charities, and the 2015 challenge is off to a strong start with $100,000 from Major League Baseball. Alzforum looks at how all that money is ...

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