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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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Equivocal Findings of Alzheimer’s Trial Using Young Blood

By Catherine Offord | November 6, 2017

A team of Stanford University researchers say that administering young people’s blood plasma to Alzheimer’s patients could improve cognitive function, but the results have been criticized.

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How Microbes May Influence Our Behavior

By Amy Lewis | September 1, 2017

Researchers are piecing together the links between the gut microbiome and mental health.

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Evidence Lacking for Brain-Training Products

By Ben Andrew Henry | October 4, 2016

A literature review finds little evidence that commercial brain-training games can improve everyday cognitive performance, citing methodological shortcomings.

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Immunotherapy for Alzheimer’s Disease Shows Promise

By Alison F. Takemura | August 31, 2016

Biogen’s aducanumab reduces amyloid-β plaques in a dose-dependent manner, according to interim results of a Phase 1b clinical trial.

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Cognitive Decline More Swift in Women

By Kerry Grens | July 22, 2015

Mental agility in women deteriorates at twice the rate of that in men, according to a study of people with mild cognitive impairment.

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Opinion: Can the Brain Be Trained?

By Erin Abner | March 23, 2015

Online brain-training is gaining popularity, but so far little evidence exists to support claims of improved cognition.

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NIDA Weighs In on Pot

By Bob Grant | June 9, 2014

Addiction is one among many potential adverse effects of the increasingly popular drug, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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Sex-Biased Alzheimer’s Variant

By Kerry Grens | April 14, 2014

Women with a notorious variant of a gene involved in Alzheimer’s, APOE4, are much more likely than men with the variant to develop the neurodegenerative disease.

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Video Game Boosts Multitasking Skills

By Chris Palmer | September 4, 2013

Training for several hours with a racing video game improves the multitasking abilities of 60- to 85-year-olds for up to six months.

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