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Alzheimer's patients can't effectively clear sticky plaque component
Neurologists finally have an answer to one of the most important questions about Alzheimer's disease: In a study published in Science, researchers show that rising brain levels of a plaque-forming substance occur not because the brain makes more of the substance but because it can no longer clear the substance well. The results are likely to aid efforts to improve diagnosis and treatment.
Improving stroke care focus of new collaboration
Stroke experts at Washington University in St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and The Rehabilitation Institute of St. louis are forming a collaborative group to ensure that clinicians share data to improve patient care and advance the development of new treatments.
Pediatric strokes surprise parents
About 13 in every 100,000 children suffer strokes annually, according to Michael Noetzel, M.D., professor of pediatrics and neurology and director of pediatric and developmental neurology at St. Louis Children's Hospital. The problem can be tough to recognize, but if treated promptly, Noetzel says many pediatric stroke patients have a positive prognosis for recovery.
Cancer, Alzheimer's less likely to strike in combination
It may seem a small consolation from either point of view, but a new study has affirmed that patients with cancer are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease, and patients with Alzheimer's disease are less likely to get cancer.
Ability to connect the dots may be early Alzheimer's indicator
A study of mental decline in the years prior to diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease suggests that changing the focus of testing may allow physicians to detect signs of the disease earlier. Current cognitive tests typically focus on the ability to remember lists of words or information from a reading. But tests like "connect the dots" can indicate signs of mental decline up to three years prior to diagnosis.
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