Assays will help doctors diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and amnestic mild cognitive impairment in Taiwanese clinics.
Despite plaques and tangles in the brain, this group, on average, maintains their cognitive skills over two to four years, suggesting the presence of resilience factors.
Among 14 familial Alzheimer’s APP mutations, two don’t change the Aβ42/Aβ40 ratio, but all of them yield long peptides of 45 to 49 residues that hide out in the membrane.
New genetic variants emerged by harmonizing whole-exome-sequencing data across continents, and by using imputation to plumb the depths of existing GWAS. One variant encodes a microglial phospholipid transporter.
Researchers split $200,000 for their theories on the role of six microbes—one virus, four bacteria, and one parasite—in Alzheimer’s.
People with FTD wrestle with behavioral, cognitive, language, and motor impairments. Scientists are designing standardized tests that capture such symptoms.
International cohort studies reveal that the brain starts to shrink, and neural connections to crumble, many years before FTD symptoms arise. Where and when those changes occur depends on the offending mutation.
Disturbed social and emotional cognition are among the most troubling features of FTD. They, too, can be quantified with new tools.
The global platform trial for Alzheimer’s due to mutations in APP or presenilin will try to treat or prevent symptoms by deploying a therapeutic antibody that homes in on a piece of tau known to aggregate into neurofibrillary tangles.
The FTD Prevention Initiative merges cohort studies from across the world with a common goal—to execute effective clinical trials for FTD.
Merged Consortia Forge Path to Trials in Frontotemporal Dementia FTD Fluid Markers for Degeneration: Check. For Pathology: Not Yet. Imaging Exposes Hugely Heterogeneous Brain Changes Among FTDs Moving Target: Can Standardized Tests Track Symptoms of FTD? ...
At this year’s ICFTD meeting, researchers reviewed the lay of the land of current and planned trials for FTD, with glimpses of how the newly formed FTD Prevention Initiative seeks to coordinate treatment and prevention trials in the future.
A new PET tracer. Plasma glial fibrillary acidic protein. Two new, promising surrogates for astrogliosis are filling in the Alzheimer’s biomarker toolbox. Both reflect Aβ amyloid better than they do tau tangles.
As life expectancy increases in countries such as Nigeria, Brazil, China, and others, so does the number of people with dementia. How to provide modern care for them?
Subtle memory deficits resolved after volunteers stopped taking the Novartis BACE inhibitor.