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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

How Olive Oil May Protect Against Alzheimer’s

Numerous studies suggest that olive oil, one of the foundations of the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet, may also be good for the brain. Now researchers are uncovering reasons why the aromatic oil, part of the traditional diet of Mediterranean countries like … Continue reading

Controlling Blood Pressure May Help Ward Off Alzheimer’s

Keeping your blood pressure under control may help to ward off Alzheimer’s in old age, a new study found. The study included 118 men and women, ages 47 to 89, who were part of the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study, a … Continue reading

New Rules Proposed for Testing Alzheimer’s Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration, the government agency that approves new drugs for sale in the United States, is proposing to loosen the rules for testing new treatments for Alzheimer’s. The new rules would make it easier for new drugs … Continue reading