The Alzheimer Research Forum provides a comprehensive overview of Alzheimer’s disease. It offers information for the lay public on diagnosis, treatment, and caregiving, with special emphasis on current Alzheimer’s research.
The Alzheimer's Association site offers a wealth of helpful information for patients, family members, and care givers. Well-organized and easy to use (including a full index and search engine), it includes information about the organization and its many chapters; resources for care givers; medical and public policy information; a suggested reading list, a schedule of conferences; and links to other Internet resources, including sites maintained by local chapters of the Association.
The ADEAR Center, a service of the National Institute on Aging, provides extensive information about Alzheimer's disease for Alzheimer's patients, families and caregivers. The site offers research updates, referrals to other Alzheimer's centers, a list of helpful publications, a clinical trial database, and a calendar of events.
growth hormone treatments, used during 1959-85, may have been contaminated with
“infectious” amyloid beta aggregates.
find that focused sound waves can loosen the blood-brain barrier in
Alzheimer’s-model mice, resulting in the clearance of amyloid beta from the
brain, and big improvements on memory tests.
While most cases of dementia may be unavoidable,
a great many may be prevented or delayed via simple changes in diet and other
habits. In principle, the earlier in life a person starts making these changes,
the better the preventive effect would be.
Researchers, doctors, and patients await the results of the first clinical trial to prevent Alzheimer’s in ordinary elderly people.
Dementias, ALS, and Huntington’s show different outward symptoms, but researchers theorize the disease process may be similar—a buildup of proteins that normally are cleared away.
report promising results from a small clinical trial of an SSRI drug to lower
amyloid beta levels, but years of further tests lie ahead.