Tag Archives: Alzheimer’s disease

My work investigating the links between viruses and Alzheimer’s disease was dismissed for years – but now the evidence is building

Shutterstock/Jorm S Ruth Itzhaki, University of Oxford This article is part of the Insights Uncharted Brain series. There are many competing theories about what causes Alzheimer’s disease. Here, Ruth Itzhaki reflects on a career dedicated to one of the more controversial lines of research. Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance …

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Four health conditions linked to gum disease

Early symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen gums, and bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth. Creative Cat Studio/ Shutterstock Christine Bryson, Anglia Ruskin University Gum diseases are among the most common chronic human diseases, affecting between 20 to 50% of people worldwide. They happen when plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, builds up on teeth. The earliest …

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Your gut microbiome may be linked to dementia, Parkinson’s disease and MS

Our stomach and brain are connected through the ‘gut-brain axis’. Anatomy Image/ Shutterstock Lynne A Barker, Sheffield Hallam University and Caroline Jordan, Sheffield Hallam University Within our body and on our skin, trillions of bacteria and viruses exist as part of complex ecosystems called microbiomes. Microbiomes play an important role in human health and disease – and even help us …

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Your gut microbiome may be linked to dementia, Parkinson’s disease and MS

Our stomach and brain are connected through the ‘gut-brain axis’. Anatomy Image/ Shutterstock Lynne A Barker, Sheffield Hallam University and Caroline Jordan, Sheffield Hallam University Within our body and on our skin, trillions of bacteria and viruses exist as part of complex ecosystems called microbiomes. Microbiomes play an important role in human health and disease – and even help us …

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Alzheimer’s disease linked to circadian rhythm – new research in mice

The cells which clear Alzheimer’s plaques from the brain follow a 24-hour circadian rhythm. nobeastsofierce/ Shutterstock Eleftheria Kodosaki, Cardiff University A good night’s sleep has always been linked to better mood, and better health. Now, scientists have even more evidence of just how much sleep – and more specifically our circadian rhythm, which regulates our sleep cycle – is linked …

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Proof that the Mediterranean diet is good for your brain

Olive oil is associated with some healthy benefits. garryknight Iliana Lourida, University of Exeter As life expectancies across the world steadily increase, the world’s population is inexorably ageing. Too often, with age comes difficult health problems such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. These highly disabling conditions lead to deteriorating cognitive abilities, and little chance to lead an independent life. The …

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Alzheimer’s disease linked to circadian rhythm – new research in mice

The cells which clear Alzheimer’s plaques from the brain follow a 24-hour circadian rhythm. nobeastsofierce/ Shutterstock Eleftheria Kodosaki, Cardiff University A good night’s sleep has always been linked to better mood, and better health. Now, scientists have even more evidence of just how much sleep – and more specifically our circadian rhythm, which regulates our sleep cycle – is linked …

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New Alzheimer’s drug aducanumab: what we know so far – and why more research is still needed

More research is needed to prove the drug slows cognitive decline. Atthapon Raksthaput/ Shutterstock Eleftheria Kodosaki, Cardiff University and Aurora Veteleanu, Cardiff University For the first time since 2003, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a novel treatment for Alzheimer’s disease in the US – on the condition of further successful trials. The drug, called aducanumab, has the …

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Alzheimer’s: mouse study may have uncovered drug that can prevent the disease

Amyloid plaques are one cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Design_Cells/ Shutterstock Mark Dallas, University of Reading Although around one in 14 people over 65 have Alzheimer’s disease, there’s still no cure, and no way to prevent the disease from progressing. But a recent study may bring us one step closer to preventing Alzheimer’s. The trial, which was conducted on animals, has …

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