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Rhode Island Extends Paid Work Benefits to Caregivers

An innovative new law in Rhode Island, the Temporary Caregiver’s Insurance law, provides for paid time off for workers who must take time off from a job to care for a sick family member. The law will likely provide some … Continue reading

New Research from a Colleague of Our Medical Director

Dr. Sidney Strickland is a recognized leader in the study of vascular factors and their effects on Alzheimer’s disease. A colleague of Dr. Paul Greengard, Director of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research laboratory at The Rockefeller University, Dr. … Continue reading

B Vitamins May Keep the Brain Robust

Numerous studies suggest that B vitamins may be good for the brain and help to preserve memory in old age. Now a new report shows that supplements of three B vitamins – folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 – … Continue reading

Diet May Prime the Brain for Alzheimer’s

Nutrition experts have long advised against eating a sugar-rich diet high in saturated fats because it can lead to obesity, diabetes and heart disease, all risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Now a new study shows why such a diet may … Continue reading

Alzheimer’s Drugs May Have Heart Benefits

Medications commonly used to treat Alzheimer’s disease may have another benefit: they may reduce the risk of having a heart attack. Drugs like donepezil (brand name Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon) and galantamine (Reminyl) are commonly given to those in the earlier … Continue reading

Fisher Scientists Discover New Ways to Rid Cells of Alzheimer’s Protein-2

Fisher Scientists Discover New Ways to Rid Cells of Alzheimer’s Protein Beta-amyloid is a protein that causes Alzheimer’s disease when toxic forms of it accumulate in the brain.   Two years ago Fisher Center scientists discovered that nerve cells are able … Continue reading

Appetite Hormone Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

Having low levels of leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite, is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease in people who have memory problems, according to a new report. The findings confirm earlier reports that leptin, which like other … Continue reading

Cancer Drug Shows Disappointing Results for Alzheimer’s

A cancer drug called bexarotene failed to live up to its early promise in treating the brain plaques of Alzheimer’s disease, though the drug did show some benefits in improving memory in animal studies. The mixed findings highlight the difficulty … Continue reading

Anesthesia Does Not Lead to Dementia, Study Finds

A new study provides reassurance to the millions of people who must undergo major surgery each year: general anesthesia does not appear to lead to an increased likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. The findings, published … Continue reading

Our Founder

Born in Brooklyn, Zachary Fisher got into the construction business at age 16. And he kept on building — not just a business, but a reputation as one of America’s most generous donors to troops and veterans. Fisher died in … Continue reading

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