Investigators at Rush University Medical Center and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston reported the discovery of a new gene that is associated with susceptibility to a common form of brain pathology called Tau that accumulates in several different conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, certain forms of dementia and Parkinsonian syndromes as well as chronic traumatic encephalopathy that occurs with repeated head injuries.
The first study of its kind designed to test the effects of a diet on the decline of cognitive abilities among a large group of individuals 65 to 84 years who currently do not have cognitive impairment will begin in January.
A recently recognized pathologic protein in the brain may play a larger role in the development of clinical Alzheimer’s disease dementia than previously recognized, according to a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center. The findings of the study of nearly 1,000 older adults were published in the Sept. 30 issue of the journal, Brain .
Diseased blood vessels in the brain, which commonly is found in elderly people, may contribute more significantly to Alzheimer's disease dementia than was previously believed, according to results of a Rush study that recently were published in The Lancet Neurology .
Eating a meal of seafood or other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids at least once a week may protect against age-related memory loss and thinking problems in older people, according to a team of researchers at Rush University Medical Center and Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
David Bennett, MD, and Julie Schneider, MD, of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center have been included in “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014,” a listing compiled by Thompson Reuters, a global media and information company.