Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: Alzheimer’s Disease


World-first gene therapy reverses Alzheimer’s memory loss in mice

August 7th, 2020 at 1:35 am » Comments Off

Research into Alzheimer’s-related memory loss has uncovered an exciting new breakthrough in the form of a world-first gene therapy Scientists in Australia have made an exciting breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research, demonstrating what they describe as the first gene-therapy-based approach for treating advanced forms of the disease. Through experiments in mice, the team was able to […]



Scientists discover protective Alzheimer’s gene and develop rapid drug-testing platform

July 21st, 2020 at 2:31 pm » Comments Off

  PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer’s disease. A gene has been discovered that can naturally suppress the signs of Alzheimer’s Disease in human brain cells, in research led by Queen Mary University of London. The scientists have also developed a new rapid drug-screening system for treatments that could potentially delay or prevent […]



Blood test detects Alzheimer’s disease

May 30th, 2020 at 3:04 pm » Comments Off

Researchers have created a simple blood test that can detect Alzheimer’s disease.  The blood test accurately measures one of the proteins—P-tau181—implicated in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a new study. Blood P-tau181 indirectly measures tau hyperphosphorylation in the brain, which is one of the hallmarks of the disease along with the clumpy plaques caused by […]



Five key ideas you need to understand now if you want to be ready for the world of 2030

April 14th, 2019 at 1:59 pm » Comments Off

With a new series of the BBC science podcast Futureproofing on air this month, presenter Timandra Harkness explains how to get ready for the world of the future. Just a building that keeps the rain out and your clean underwear in? Think again. The home of 2030 will be smart, connected and emotional. “Our notion […]



A novel dementia treatment will flood people’s brains with a low-risk version of a key gene.

March 7th, 2019 at 12:43 pm » Comments Off

No one knows for certain what causes Alzheimer’s disease. But one fact about the condition has gained nearly irrefutable status. Depending on what versions of a gene called APOE you inherit, your risk of the brain disorder can be half the average—or more than 12 times as high. Sometimes called “the forgetting gene,” APOE comes […]



We can now grow perfect human blood vessels in a lab

February 3rd, 2019 at 11:02 am » Comments Off

The latest game changer in diabetes research might not be a new drug or a therapy. Instead, it could be a system of human blood vessels virtually identical to the ones currently transporting blood throughout your body. What makes these blood vessels special is that they are the first ones grown in a lab — […]



New research says men who marry intelligent women live longer

January 10th, 2019 at 11:32 am » Comments Off

New research has shown that if a man wants to live a long healthy life, marrying a smart woman will go a long way in fulfilling this desire. Besides increasing longevity, having an intelligent wife can negate the chances of a man catching dementia. The right partner will definitely help enrich a person’s life. However, […]



Deep learning algorithm detects Alzheimer’s up to six years before doctors

November 17th, 2018 at 7:22 pm » Comments Off

A new algorithm significantly outperformed human clinicians in predicting which patients would go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease. A powerful new deep learning algorithm has been developed that can study PET scan images and effectively detect the onset of Alzheimer’s disease up to six years earlier than current diagnostic methods. The research is part of […]



The healthiest people in the world don’t go to the gym

November 15th, 2018 at 2:05 am » Comments Off

If you want to be as healthy as possible, there are no treadmills or weight machines required. Don’t just take my word for it—look to the longest-lived people in the world for proof. People in the world’s Blue Zones—the places around the world with the highest life expectancy—don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. […]



Eye scan may detect Alzheimer’s disease in seconds

November 7th, 2018 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

Two new studies now suggest that a noninvasive eye scan could soon be used to catch Alzheimer’s disease early. A simple eye scan may soon detect Alzheimer’s in a matter of seconds. The world’s population is aging rapidly and the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise. For this reason, the need for efficient […]



Senolytic therapies seem to stop Alzheimer’s disease ‘in its tracks’

September 30th, 2018 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

Scientists at the University of Texas have implicated a type of cellular stress for the first time as a player in Alzheimer’s disease. And their discovery could lead to treatments for more than 20 human brain diseases including Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injury. One author of the study went as far as to say the […]



Young people’s blood could help treat Alzheimer’s

November 6th, 2017 at 10:09 am » Comments Off

It sounds more like science fiction than real world science, but researchers at Stanford University announced the first results of a novel study in which they infused blood from young donors into a small number of people with mild to moderate forms of Alzheimer’s disease in the hopes of improving the disease’s symptoms.



Should we gamify citizenship?