• Lack of immune cell receptor impairs clearance of amyloid beta protein from the brain
    Identification of a protein that appears to play an important role in the immune system’s removal of amyloid beta protein from the brain could lead to a new treatment strategy for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • New way discovered to block inflammation
    Researchers have discovered a mechanism that triggers chronic inflammation in Alzheimer’s, atherosclerosis and type-2 diabetes. The results suggest a common biochemical thread to multiple diseases and point the way to a new class of therapies that could treat chronic inflammation in these non-infectious diseases without crippling the immune system. Alzheimer’s, atherosclerosis and type-2 diabetes — diseases associated with aging and inflammation — affect more than 100 million Americans.
  • Discovery sheds light on why Alzheimer's drugs rarely help
    New research reveals that the likely culprit behind Alzheimer’s has a different molecular structure than current drugs’ target — perhaps explaining why current medications produce little improvement in patients.
  • Aging stereotypes can hurt older adults' memory
    Simply reminding older adults about stereotypes of aging and forgetfulness exacerbates real memory problems, reveals important new research from the USC Davis School of Gerontology. But the study also reveals a easy way to combat the problem.