Alzheimer’s News – 27 May 2015

Period Covered: 16 April 2015 – 27 May 2015


Pigs Bring Joy to Alzheimer’s Patients

When we hear of therapy animals, oftentimes, we think of therapy dogs. But there’s a new breed of animal hamming it up in hospitals and nursing homes around Denver. They are miniature pot-bellied pigs. Tuesday, May 26, 2015.



New mechanism behind Alzheimer’s onset identified

A new study published in the journal Brain overturns thinking on the role of toxic peptides in the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Although it has previously been assumed that overproduction of toxic peptides causes the onset and first clinical signs of Alzheimer’s, the new study finds that the responsible mechanism is decreased removal of toxic peptides, rather than overproduction. Last updated: Tuesday 26 May 2015.



 Alzheimer’s-Linked Brain Plaques May Arise Decades Before Symptoms

Researchers hope for opportunity to head off dementia

Abnormal protein clumps (plaques) may appear in the brain up to 30 years before people develop Alzheimer’s disease, a new study estimates, perhaps providing a window of opportunity to intervene. Tuesday, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News).



Mediterranean Diet Plus Olive Oil or Nuts May Boost Thinking and Memory

Healthy eating plans helped older people stay sharper mentally, study finds

Adding more olive oil or nuts to a Mediterranean diet — one rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains and low in red meat — may help keep your mind sharper as you age, a new study suggests. Monday, May 11, 2015 (HealthDay News).



Could high blood sugar be a cause of Alzheimer’s disease?

While nobody knows exactly what causes the complex brain changes that lead to Alzheimer’s disease, scientists suspect one of the drivers is the accumulation of plaques of a faulty protein called beta-amyloid. Now, a new study of mice shows how too much sugar in the blood can speed up the production of the protein. Last updated: Thursday 7 May 2015.




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