Herpes viruses in the brain linked to Alzheimer's disease

New Scientist

The most in-depth analysis of human brain tissue ever done in Alzheimer's disease has found evidence for the controversial theory that viruses play a role in the condition. If true, it could mean that some instances of Alzheimer's might be treated with anti-viral drugs. Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, affecting some 47 million people worldwide.


Alzheimer's Algorithm May Predict Who Gets the Disease

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Alzheimer's disease has no cure, but getting a diagnosis as quickly as possible can allow patients to start symptom-delaying drugs. The problem with getting that diagnosis, though, is that the early stages of Alzheimer's can look a lot like mild cognitive impairment, which may or may not progress into Alzheimer's.


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Out of the total number, 48 were scans of people with the disease, while 48 were scans of people who suffered from mild cognitive impairment and eventually developed full-blown Alzheimer's. The AI was able to diagnose Alzheimer's 86 percent of the time. More importantly, it was able to detect mild cognitive impairment 84 percent of the time, making it a potentially effective tool for early diagnosis. With more samples and further development, though, the AI could become more accurate until it's reliable enough to be used as a non-invasive early detection system.


Alzheimer's Opera 'Sky on Swings' Opens in Philadelphia

U.S. News

Alzheimer's disease is explored in Lembit Beecher's'Sky on Swings,' starring 73-year-old mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and commissioned by Opera Philadelphia for the first night of its season-opening O18 festival.


The Latest: O'Connor Says She Likely Has Alzheimer's

U.S. News

Roberts said in a statement Tuesday that although O'Connor has announced she is withdrawing from public life, "no illness or condition can take away the inspiration she provides for those who will follow the many paths she has blazed."