Alzheimer"s breakthrough as scientists discover rare gene that stops plaques forming in brain

Alzheimer's breakthrough as scientists find rare gene that protects brain from the disease The genetic mutation stops damaging plaques forming in the brain | UPDATED: 07:11 GMT, 13 July 2012 A protein that protects against Alzheimer's disease has been discovered, opening the door to a new treatment.

Brain scans could detect Alzheimer"s disease decades before memory problems

Brain scans could detect Alzheimer's disease decades before memory problems develop Researchers plan to give treatments that block plaque formation at an early stage to patients genetically predisposed to the condition | UPDATED: 07:02 GMT, 12 July 2012 Author Sir Terry Pratchett, is a high-profile sufferer of Alzheimer's and has campaigned for greater awareness of the condition as well as more research funding The early warning signs of dementia may appear 25 years before patients and their families notice any outward symptoms, scientists claim.

Being motivated and having a goal in life "can stave off effects of Alzheimer"s"

Being motivated and having a goal in life 'can stave off effects of Alzheimer's' Positive effects of having a meaningful life found to counteract effects of damage to brainMost older people have plaques on brain but not all develop Alzheimer's, indicating that having purpose could play a role in development of the disease | UPDATED: 21:23 GMT, 7 May 2012 Researchers have found that a greater sense of purpose in life may help stave off the effects of Alzheimer’s.

Drinking coffee regularly can reduce the risk of Alzheimers

Drinking coffee regularly can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's 'by boosting caffeine levels in the blood' Volunteers who remained healthy had twice as much caffeine circulating than those who progressed to the early stages of dementiaFirst direct evidence that coffee intake is associated with a reduced risk, or delayed onset, of dementia | UPDATED: 11:37 GMT, 22 March 2012 Drinking coffee regularly can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by keeping caffeine levels in the blood topped up, new research shows.