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Stress and Alzheimer’s Disease

With the holidays upon us, are your nerves fraying under the combined pressures of work deadlines, shopping, decorating, and entertaining? Now may be a good time to sit back and consider the effects of stress on the brain. Stress per se is not a cause of ...

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 ...

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 ...

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) ...

Modern Microscopy

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

Learn the Skinny on iPS Cells in Neurodegenerative Disease

Are you curious about trying iPS cell lines to model the disease you care about? Intrigued but nebulous on where the field is at? Ready to grow an iPS line but not sure where to turn? Read Madolyn Rogers's four-part series to learn all about who does ...

CRISPR: A New Tool For Gene Editors

CRISPR Gene Editing—Poised to Revolutionize Neuroscience? Neuroscientists Probe CRISPR Transgenics and Treatment Paradigms ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Mega-Appeal of Nanomedicine

The European Union is banking on big returns from nanotechnology in the fight against AD. European Union Throws Megabucks at Nanomedicine EU Consortium Applies Nanotechnology to Study AD ...

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 ...

A Contentious Hypothesis About Where and How PD Starts

A contentious hypothesis about where and how Parkinson’s disease starts off is gaining ground as new studies provide clues in its support. Neuroanatomists Heiko Braak and Kelly Del Tredici, both at the University of Ulm in Germany, have described the ...

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