Alzheimer's Disease And Dementia

PET Imaging Can Measure Synaptic Loss From Alzheimer's

PET Imaging Can Measure Synaptic Loss From Alzheimer's

Positron emission tomographic imaging can directly measure synaptic loss with Alzheimer disease.

Treatment for Alzheimer-Related Agitation Gets Fast Track Status

Treatment for Alzheimer-Related Agitation Gets Fast Track Status

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Currently, there are no approved treatments for behavioral symptoms in Alzheimer disease.

Midlife Cognition, Vascular Health Predict Dementia and Cognitive Impairment Later in Life

Midlife Cognition, Vascular Health Predict Dementia and Cognitive Impairment Later in Life

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Investigators reviewed data from patients aged 45 to 64 years who were enrolled in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study and who attended additional visits for cognitive function evaluation and repeat cardiovascular risk factor assessment.

Positive PET Results and Hippocampal Volume Predict Progression From MCI to Dementia

Positive PET Results and Hippocampal Volume Predict Progression From MCI to Dementia

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An international team of investigators assessed the ability of flutemetamol F 18-labeled PET and other biomarkers to predict risk of clinical progression from amnestic mild cognitive impairment to probable Alzheimer disease.

Amyloid PET Tied to Diagnostic Changes in Memory Clinic Cohort

Amyloid PET Tied to Diagnostic Changes in Memory Clinic Cohort

For an unselected memory clinic cohort, amyloid PET results are associated with changes in etiology, diagnostic confidence, and patient treatment.

Herpesvirus Abundant in Alzheimer Disease Brain, New Study Finds

Herpesvirus Abundant in Alzheimer Disease Brain, New Study Finds

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While hundreds of published reports have made an argument for an association between Alzheimer disease and bacteria and viruses, the suggestion of a viral contribution to Alzheimer disease has not always been well received by the greater research community.

Trials for Investigational Alzheimer's Tx Lanabecestat Discontinued

Trials for Investigational Alzheimer's Tx Lanabecestat Discontinued

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Phase 3 clinical trials for lanabecestat (Eli Lilly and AstraZeneca), an investigational Alzheimer disease treatment, are being discontinued for futility.

Higher Blood Pressure at Mid-Life Increases Dementia Risk

Higher Blood Pressure at Mid-Life Increases Dementia Risk

The risk of dementia is increased in 50-year-olds with blood pressure ≥130 mm Hg, which is below the current threshold for hypertension.

Lifetime Risks Temper Biomarker Tests for Alzheimer Disease Dementia

Lifetime Risks Temper Biomarker Tests for Alzheimer Disease Dementia

The lifetime risks of Alzheimer disease dementia vary considerably by age, gender, and the preclinical or clinical disease state.

Polyphenol-Rich Diet May Reduce Dementia Risk in Older Adults

Polyphenol-Rich Diet May Reduce Dementia Risk in Older Adults

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There was an observable pattern with combined polyphenol intake and risk for dementia in the study cohort.

Studies Halted for Alzheimer's Candidate Atabecestat Due to Safety Concerns

Studies Halted for Alzheimer's Candidate Atabecestat Due to Safety Concerns

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Janssen announced that the Company will no longer continue studying atabecestat, an investigational treatment for asymptomatic patients at risk for developing Alzheimer disease.

Mortality in Alzheimer Disease Not Strongly Associated With Antipsychotics

Mortality in Alzheimer Disease Not Strongly Associated With Antipsychotics

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These results suggest that antipsychotic exposure has no impact on relative mortality.

FNIH Launches Project to Identify Biosignatures of Neurodegenerative, Psychiatric Conditions

FNIH Launches Project to Identify Biosignatures of Neurodegenerative, Psychiatric Conditions

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Multimarker inflammatory biosignatures are expected to facilitate diagnosis and predict treatment outcomes for various central nervous system disorders, particularly Alzheimer disease and major depressive disorder.

Treating Apathy in Alzheimer Disease Patients: A Meta-Analysis

Treating Apathy in Alzheimer Disease Patients: A Meta-Analysis

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Methylphenidate demonstrated an improvement in apathy vs placebo when measured by the apathy evaluation scale, in addition, methylphenidate showed possible improvement in cognition.

Certain Anticholinergic Drugs Appear to Raise Dementia Risk

Certain Anticholinergic Drugs Appear to Raise Dementia Risk

Use of anticholinergic drugs may be tied to a future diagnosis of dementia.

Melanoma, Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Associated With Reduced Risk for Alzheimer's

Melanoma, Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer Associated With Reduced Risk for Alzheimer's

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Additional examination of these relationships is warranted to help clarify the complex biologic and psychosocial interactions among Alzheimer disease, malignant melanoma, and nonmelanoma skin cancer.

Phase 3 Results Released for Investigational Alzheimer Disease Treatment

Phase 3 Results Released for Investigational Alzheimer Disease Treatment

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Results showed that after 18-months, there was no significant statistical difference in cognitive or functional outcomes between those patients taking azeliragon and the placebo group.

Concern for Employer, Insurance Discrimination for Alzheimer's Patients

Concern for Employer, Insurance Discrimination for Alzheimer's Patients

About half of adults surveyed expect a man with mild Alzheimer dementia to be discriminated against.

Nurse Education Improves Post-Op Survival in Dementia Patients

Nurse Education Improves Post-Op Survival in Dementia Patients

Findings show lower post-surgical mortality among patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Preclinical Alzheimer's Identified With Molecular Markers

Preclinical Alzheimer's Identified With Molecular Markers

Molecular markers can identify changes associated with the disease before clinical onset for young adults with autosomal dominant AD.

Trial of Verubecestat for Prodromal Alzheimer Disease Discontinued

Trial of Verubecestat for Prodromal Alzheimer Disease Discontinued

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Merck announced the discontinuation of the Phase 3 APECS study for the treatment of AD.

Positive Opinions on Age May Help Ward Off Dementia

Positive Opinions on Age May Help Ward Off Dementia

Positive beliefs on age may protect against dementia.

Alzheimer Disease May Benefit From Deep Brain Stimulation

Alzheimer Disease May Benefit From Deep Brain Stimulation

The use of DBS in patients with Alzheimer disease is well tolerated and associated with less decline on the CDR-SB.

Healthy Lifestyle May Protect Against Dementia in Older Adult Carriers of APOE ε4

Healthy Lifestyle May Protect Against Dementia in Older Adult Carriers of APOE ε4

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A study was conducted to assess potential beneficial effects of a lifestyle intervention program on cognition in carriers of the APOE ε4 allele.

Solanezumab Has No Effect on Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer Disease

Solanezumab Has No Effect on Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer Disease

Solanezumab does not alter cognitive decline in patients with mild Alzheimer disease.

Alternative Genetic Risk Variant for Alzheimer Disease Identified

Alternative Genetic Risk Variant for Alzheimer Disease Identified

Brain amyloidosis is associated with certain Alzheimer disease risk variants.

Advance Directives for Dementia: Honoring Patient Wishes When You Don't Know What They Are

Advance Directives for Dementia: Honoring Patient Wishes When You Don't Know What They Are

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Because of dementia's prolonged disease course, advance care decisions and planning are often overlooked until it is too late.

No Cognitive Improvement With Idalopirdine in Mild Alzheimer Disease

No Cognitive Improvement With Idalopirdine in Mild Alzheimer Disease

For patients with mild-to-moderate Alzheimer disease, the use of idalopirdine does not improve cognition.

Increased Dementia Risk Seen in Rheumatic Diseases

Increased Dementia Risk Seen in Rheumatic Diseases

There is an increased risk of dementia for patients with rheumatic diseases.

Limited Evidence Supports Physical Interventions for Dementia Prevention

Limited Evidence Supports Physical Interventions for Dementia Prevention

A hanful of studies reviewed the different types of interventions to prevent late-life dementia.

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