Alzheimer's Disease

New evidence links copper to Alzheimer's disease

Researchers apply deep-brain stimulation to Alzheimer's disease patients. Photo: AP

US scientists have reported new evidence that copper can lead to the plaque build-up in the brain that causes Alzheimer's disease, fuelling fresh debate over the mineral's role in dementia.

Wednesday, 21 August, 2013, 2:34am

Forget brain food

Omega-3 fatty acids, gingko and vitamin B6 are touted as memory boosters, but a recent study suggests otherwise.

29 Apr 2013 - 9:57am

Make it a smooth trip down memory lane

The gradual decline of memory is part of the ageing process - it tends to peak in one's 20s, then levels off, declining steeply in one's 80s.

When US scientists introduced stem cells to the damaged brains of live mice, they were surprised by the results: the treated mice scored significantly better on learning and memory tests than their untreated peers.

29 Apr 2013 - 9:49am

Alzheimer's-detecting technology Neurotrack takes SXSW prize

The disease causes the brainto degenerate. Photo: AP

Neurotrack, which uses eye tracking to achieve a claimed 100 per cent success rate, clinched the health technologies category in the SXSW Accelerator competition as the festival's interactive segment drew to a close.

17 Mar 2013 - 2:20am

Health bites

Health bites

Work out now and continue to reap the benefits later. A new study in the United States has found that having a higher fitness level in midlife appears to be associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia in later years. 

18 Feb 2013 - 5:06pm

China Digest, December 7, 2012

A head-on collision between a cargo truck and a minibus on Wednesday killed five people and injured 16 in Chengnan town, Liuan city, Xinhua reports.

7 Dec 2012 - 4:29am

China Digest, November 16, 2012


Food safety the focus

The provincial government said on Wednesday that county governors would be held responsible for major food-safety incidents in their counties, in an effort to push them to improve food safety. However, analysts feared the move may simply encourage cover-ups of incidents, the Anhui Business News reports.

16 Nov 2012 - 5:13am

Alzheimer’s detected decades before symptoms

Researchers said on Tuesday they had seen the earliest-ever warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease – among a high-risk group of 20-somethings – in the ongoing quest for early detection and prevention.

A major problem in the search for a cure for this debilitating form of dementia is that symptoms appear years after irreversible brain decay has already set in.

6 Nov 2012 - 3:51pm

Pioneering protein work behind pair's US$1m prize

Two scientists who have spotted 'chaperones', the proteins that perform quality control in the formation of new proteins within cells, are winners of this year's Shaw Prize for life science and medicine.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Elderly man: 'I won't leave her'

Ng King-yin has finally been offered a place at an aged-care home after two years of waiting.

But he won't take it as that would mean separating from his wife of 70 years.

Ng, who is 100, wants to live out the rest of his life with Lam Sau-king, 95. But Lam is not eligible for a place in a regular care home because of her poor health.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Patches may ease effects of drug for dementia

Using a medicated skin patch may reduce the side effects of pills Alzheimer's disease sufferers take to counter its symptoms, a study shows.

Researchers studied 32 patients who experienced vomiting and diarrhoea when taking the drug rivastigmine orally. These side effects, which are common, also reduce the drug's efficacy.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

Silent but deadly

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

Grilled around the gills

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Few diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in city

Early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease allows patients to spend more time at home before going into a care home and, in wealthy countries, saves around US$10,000 per patient, according to an international report.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Panaceas for Alzheimer's

While Alzheimer's disease continues to claim more victims, some of the best therapies to slow its progression and lower the risk of developing the disease are being ignored. Alzheimer's disease is characterised by two key abnormalities: amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques are clumps of a protein known as beta-amyloid.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am