Alzheimer's / Dementia

Transport breakdown in brain cells may lead to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

After studying the process in mice and flies, scientists suggest that failure to transport the molecular machines that break down proteins in cells could lie at the heart of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Share on PinterestFaulty transportation mechanisms within nerve cells may lead to neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. The ability […]

Alzheimer's / Dementia

Alzheimer’s risk gene and heavy metal exposure may impair cognition

A new study in mice finds that cadmium exposure, combined with a genetic predisposition to Alzheimer’s, can trigger symptoms of cognitive decline. Share on PinterestFor people with a key risk gene, exposure to cadmium may raise the risk of cognitive impairment, suggests new research in mice. The so-called human apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene encodes instructions […]

Alzheimer's / Dementia

Inflammation drives tau damage in Alzheimer’s

Scientists have found an inflammation mechanism that appears to play a key role in the formation of the toxic tau proteins that characterize Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. Share on PinterestNew research finds that inflammation is responsible for the tau protein damage in Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia in […]

Alzheimer's / Dementia

Illiteracy may triple dementia risk

New research suggests that not being able to read or write can raise the chances of developing dementia by two or three times. Share on PinterestNot being able to read or write may dramatically increase the risk of dementia, according to a new study. According to the United States Department of Education, 1 in 5 […]

Alzheimer's / Dementia Restless Legs Syndrome

Why is my leg shaking?

Leg shaking can be a subtle annoyance or an intense experience that causes muscle tension and difficulty walking. Many issues, ranging from restless legs syndrome (RLS) to serious conditions such as dementia, can cause someone’s leg to shake. It is not possible to diagnose the cause of shaky legs based on symptoms alone. For this […]