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Want to help cure Alzheimer's or breast cancer? From now on, you don't have to do much more than charge your phone. Sony has released a big upgrade to its Folding@Home app for Android that can use your phone's processor for medical research on a continuous basis -- so long as you're on WiFi and...

July 8th 2015 at 2:58pm 0 Comments
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The first results to stem from President Barack Obama's 2013 "Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies" initiative are in, Reuters reports. As noted in the journal Neuron, scientists were able to manipulate the brain circuitry of lab mice, making them move, stay still, eat or...

April 30th 2015 at 3:39pm 0 Comments
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If you've seen Still Alice, you know how important a smartphone can be for an Alzheimer's patient -- it helps jog memories that might otherwise be lost. Samsung is clearly aware of this, as it just released a dedicated Backup Memory app to stimulate the memories of early-onset patients. The Androi...

April 27th 2015 at 10:13am 0 Comments
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Alzheimer's is a degenerative disease often characterized by severe memory loss, and even though it affects more than 5 million people in the United States (with an uptick expected as the Baby Boomer generation ages), it remains notoriously difficult to treat. The University of Queensland reports...

March 15th 2015 at 6:10am 0 Comments
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It's scary to lose memories, especially in the early phases of diseases like Alzheimer's -- you're really losing part of yourself. Thankfully, researchers at UCLA may have found a way to get those memories back. They've conducted experiments suggesting that memories aren't stored in synapses, as e...

December 29th 2014 at 2:22pm 0 Comments
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Of all the tragic things that come with Alzheimer's disease, its tendency to sneak up on people is one of the toughest to deal with. That's because by the time the condition is even detectable, there's a good chance it's already too late to turn back the tide. Earlier diagnoses could mean the diff...

July 8th 2014 at 7:43pm 0 Comments
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A person is the sum of their memories, so what happens when our personal histories can be deleted at will? That's the ethical dilemma facing researchers over at the University of California, San Diego, who have found that it's possible to delete and recover memories created in the minds of genetic...

June 3rd 2014 at 1:01pm 0 Comments
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Diagnosing illnesses early is always ideal, but traditional screening methods such as x-rays or lab work can be extraordinarily expensive. In the case of Akili Interactive Labs' Project Evo, profiled by IEEE Spectrum, determining a patient's susceptibility to Alzheimer's might be aided by an iOS a...

May 4th 2014 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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Can playing World of Warcraft maintain or improve your brain power? When it comes to specifics like improving cognitive function, there really haven't been many significant, sizeable research studies that can put hard numbers on the line. WoW player and early onset Alzheimer's disease sufferer Bi...

March 29th 2012 at 5:00pm 0 Comments