WAKING up feeling knackered could be an early sign of dementia, experts have warned. They found getting a bad night's kip is a red flag sign for Alzheimer's disease. Tests showed people who don't fall into a deep enough sleep - where you wake up feeling refreshed - have higher levels of a toxic protein in the brain. High levels of tau proteins are a hallmark of Alzheimer's - the most common form of dementia. It means using fitness trackers to monitor sleep could one day help doctors diagnose the disease years before the tell-tale memory loss sets in. Dr Brendan Lucey, of Washington University in St Louis, said: "Measuring how people sleep may be a noninvasive way to screen for Alzheimer's disease before or just as people begin to develop problems with memory and thinking." There are around 850,000 Brits living with dementia - and that number is set to rise to over one million by 2025. The brain changes that result in Alzheimer's start slowly and silently. Up to 2o years before the … [Read more...] about Waking up feeling tired is an ‘early sign of Alzheimer’s disease’, experts warn
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News & Analysis by Spectator Health reporter 6th November 2018 Share This Twitter Facebook Google+ Email Drinking coffee could protect against both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, according to new research by the Krembil Brain Institute. The researchers investigated three different types of coffee – light roast, dark roast, and decaffeinated dark roast. Dr. Donald Weaver, the study’s lead author, said: ‘Coffee consumption does seem to have some correlation to a decreased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. But we wanted to investigate why that is – which compounds are involved and how they may impact age-related cognitive decline.’ ‘The caffeinated and de-caffeinated dark roast both had identical potencies in our initial experimental tests. So we observed early on that its protective effect could not be due to caffeine.’ The researchers then identified a group of … [Read more...] about Drinking coffee ‘reduces likelihood of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s’
DEMENTIA can be a devastating condition, for both the person suffering with it and their family and friends. In May 2018 it was confirmed that EastEnders legend Barbara Windsor had been diagnosed with the degenerative brain disease. So what are the signs to look out for? What is Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease is named after the doctor who first described it in medical literature, Alois Alzheimer. The disease affects the brain, and more than 520,000 people in the UK are currently affected by the condition. A hallmark of the disease is the build-up of amyloid beta proteins in the brain, which causes plaques. The plaques then result in the loss of connections between nerve cells in the brain - and ultimately the death of those cells and a loss of brain tissue. Those with Alzheimer’s also have a shortage of key chemicals in the brain, which help transmit messages. A lack of these chemicals means the brain is unable to process certain messages how it would … [Read more...] about What is Alzheimer’s disease, what are the causes, symptoms and signs of Barbara Windsor’s condition and how is it different to dementia?
Philanthropist Bill Gates and the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) co-founder Leonard Lauder have announced a new initiative, Diagnostics Accelerator, to develop novel biomarkers for the early detection of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Gates and Lauder provided the initial funding to collaborate with the ADDF to undertake the initiative, and they are joined by a group of other philanthropists, including the Dolby family and the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, who share their dedication to combating the rising burden of Alzheimer's disease. "Over the next three years, we will provide more than $30 million in grants to researchers who are working on the most promising and innovative ideas to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease early before the more devastating symptoms occur," Lauder said. In a Gates Notes post published today, Gates explained why he is collaborating with the ADDF to create Diagnostics Accelerator. "Imagine a world where diagnosing … [Read more...] about New Coalition of Philanthropists Including Bill Gates and Leonard Lauder Commit More Than $30 Million to Develop New Tools to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease
A shaking mouse cursor, slow scrolling speed and repetitive online searches could allow computers to spot early signs of Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease. Research by Microsoft found a link between a trembling mouse cursor and online searches suggesting people have Parkinson's disease. They say people's online data could one day be used to spot early warning signs of the brain diseases and lead to quicker diagnosis. Scientists looked at data from more than 31 million Americans using the Bing search engine to try to work out the behaviour of people who might have the conditions. They suggest the shaking caused by Parkinson's and memory loss of Alzheimer's patients are symptoms which could be noticed in people's online activity. Software could even be developed to spot the diseases before another person notices it, and to warn people to visit a doctor, the researchers say. Researchers from Microsoft and Duke University in North Carolina looked at how much people's mouses … [Read more...] about A trembling cursor or struggling to scroll online could be early signs of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s