Entries by Michelle Papka, Ph.D. of The Cognitive and Research Center of New Jersey

Could A Biological Marker for the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease be in the Eye of the Beholder?

The neurobiological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease are amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, both of which are specific neurological changes that occur in the brain at a microscopic level. This is why a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be so difficult in a living person: We can’t look at the brain under a microscope to check […]

From Mice to Wo/Men: A Novel Approach to Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

Hot off the press, researchers at MIT share their characteristic out-of-the-box approach to solving the underlying problem of Alzheimer’s disease. Leave it to the MIT braniacs to design a medical device that may treat Alzheimer’s AND do so by applying a relatively simple, known concept to a very complex puzzle. Researchers at the Picower Institute […]

Good Night, Good Brain: The Medicinal Powers of Sleep

The connection between sleep apnea—a cessation of oxygen to the brain during sleep—and cognitive impairment has long been recognized. However, the reason people with sleep disorders are at greater risk for cognitive decline has not been fully understood. Small changes to the blood vessels in the brain are suspected but, often, these patients will have […]