Archive for the ‘Research Developments’ Category

What is a Clinical Trial, Anyway?

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The press reports the results of clinical trials, but the reports rarely explain what is involved in conducting a clinical trial.  Clinical trials test drugs on human subjects to determine if they are safe for humans to take, and whether they are effective in slowing, preventing or reversing the course of a disease.  Read More…

Can Air Pollution Cause Alzheimer’s?

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2042739856_9994dd9138_m            A new study has reported a correlation between living in polluted air and the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s. The study data showed that older women who lived in areas where the air quality exceeded EPA limits Read More…

Prevagen Again Under Fire

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Last week the New York Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission jointly filed a lawsuit against Quincy Biosciences, the maker of Prevagen, charging that its claims that Prevagen improves memory Read More…

A Disappointing Alzheimer’s Association International Conference

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The 2016 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference has just ended, with few encouraging developments. Here are the highlights:

A decline in one’s sense of smell may herald the onset of Alzheimer’s
A thinning of the retina may be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s
A change in personality or behavior may accompany the onset of Read More…

A New Theory of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Salmonella bacteria, represented by the red spots, entrapped in a cage of proteins called beta amyloid, represented in green. Credit Robert Moir and Rudolph Tanzi/Massachussets General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

The hypothesis is at odds with the prevailing Read More…

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