New Tracer Gives Clear Picture of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
New Tracer Gives Clear Picture of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
An imaging agent reveals aggregated tau protein in the brain during PET scans and could improve the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases, particularly tauopathies.
New Tracer Gives Clear Picture of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias
New Tracer Gives Clear Picture of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

An imaging agent reveals aggregated tau protein in the brain during PET scans and could improve the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases, particularly tauopathies.

An imaging agent reveals aggregated tau protein in the brain during PET scans and could improve the diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases, particularly tauopathies.

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Experimental Blood Test Could Flag Alzheimer’s
Experimental Blood Test Could Flag Alzheimer’s
Kerry Grens | Jul 29, 2020
New studies show that elevated levels of a form of tau called p-tau217 can accurately distinguish Alzheimer’s disease from other forms of dementia, and perhaps even predict it.
<em>APOE</em> Mutation Linked to Protection From Alzheimer&rsquo;s: Case Study
APOE Mutation Linked to Protection From Alzheimer’s: Case Study
Catherine Offord | Nov 5, 2019
A woman whose DNA suggested she’d develop early-onset dementia staved off cognitive decline for decades.
Image of the Day: Tau Aggregation
Image of the Day: Tau Aggregation
Emily Makowski | Oct 17, 2019
Endolysosome leakiness allows tau to build up in cells.
Tau Linked to RNA Splicing Errors in Flies
Tau Linked to RNA Splicing Errors in Flies
Emily Makowski | Oct 8, 2019
In brain samples from people with Alzheimer’s disease, the protein aggregates more strongly bound proteins involved in processing RNA, the same study finds.
Tau Pathology Present Decades After a Single Brain Injury
Tau Pathology Present Decades After a Single Brain Injury
Ruth Williams | Sep 9, 2019
Patients who suffer a traumatic brain injury may exhibit abnormally abundant tau protein many years later, a new in vivo imaging technique reveals.
Image of the Day: Alzheimer&rsquo;s GenesImage of the Day: Alzheimer&rsquo;s Genes
Image of the Day: Alzheimer’s Genes
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 19, 2019
Mutations within the MS4A gene cluster have been linked to changes in protein levels that affect disease risk.
Image of the Day: Clustered Memories
Image of the Day: Clustered Memories
Nicoletta Lanese | Aug 5, 2019
Using super-resolution microscopy, scientists learned how mutant tau causes a memory-related protein to clump up in mouse neurons.
PET Scans Reveal Elevated Tau in NFL Players&rsquo; Brains
PET Scans Reveal Elevated Tau in NFL Players’ Brains
Jef Akst | Apr 12, 2019
A study hints that it might be possible to diagnose chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurodegenerative disease associated with frequent head injuries, while patients are still living.
Rapidly Flashing Lights and Sounds Reduces Alzheimer&rsquo;s in Mice
Rapidly Flashing Lights and Sounds Reduces Alzheimer’s in Mice
Jef Akst | Mar 15, 2019
Exposing mice to an hour of 40-hertz stimuli every day for a week reduced levels of amyloid-β plaques and tau protein, and improved cognition.