Hunting Down The Alzheimer’s disease.

Those who love reading fantasy couldn’t miss the information that one of the most famous writers of this genre Sir Terry Pratchett has died aged 66. Eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. What are the trends in Alzheimer’s disease research?

Nearly 3 million Americans re diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease each year. Most cases are people aged 40 and higher. Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain cell connections and the cells themselves degenerate and die, eventually destroying memory and other important mental functions of patients. There is no definitive cure yet, but medications and therapy management strategies may temporarily lessen the symptoms of disease. Alzheimer’s disease is not a stand alone condition. It belongs to a group of Dementia diseases and it is the the most common type. We were interested in how the today’s research in Dementia looks like and what are the trends in Alzheimer’s disease research?

Vascular dementia is the second most common type of Dementia, accounting for 10 percent of cases, so one should think that it will too have a well-developed research paradigm. However, the bellow figure shows that the second place in the research publication activity belongs to Parkinson’s disease, also type of Dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease. Huntington’s disease, although its prevalence is much lower than the prevalence of Vascular dementia, is two times more popular research topic than Vascular dementia.

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Mr. Spock is dead. The killer walks free!

Did you know that 15 millions of Americans suffer of the disorder that killed Leonard Nimoy, the actor best known for his role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek?  The disease is called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it’@s  a progressive illness often linked to smoking. COPD is a group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. It’s possible to manage the illness medically, but this varies from case to case. The majority of patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are people aged 40 and higher. The problem is, that the damage caused by COPD cannot be reversed. Furthermore, researchers link the occurrence of COPD with asthma and lung cancer. As patients with COPD have frequent complications with breathing, they slip into rather unhealthy life style, lowering their physical activity and often, developing a clinical depression. So who are the real heroes trying to find new cures and therapies for this disease?

Brain enhancement research trends: drugs, implants and electrical stimulation.

Thync is new impressive technology, that promises to help its users “conquer life” by allowing them to change their mood on demand. Although it sounds like science fiction, the company expects to receive FDA approval by end of 2015. Researchers today try to improve our bodies and extend the limits of our consciousness in many ways. But do you know what’s the reason for this?

Why do scientists try to enhance our minds?

It’s sure, that the undying motivation of homo sapiens spices to know more, to get further, to speed up its own evolution and expand the inherited functions of human mind, plays the role here. However, it’s not just that. The cognitive enhancement research has great potential to assist us in future eradication of many neurological, psychiatric and psychological diseases, such as various types of dementia and depression, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease or in brain stroke rehabilitation. We expect them to come either in the form of powerful diagnostic tools or as next generation of highly effective therapies.