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February 20, 2013   

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New project seeks to understand the workings of the brain

According to news reports, the Obama administration is planning a decades-long effort called the Brain Activity Map Project to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity. Scientists see the effort, which may be unveiled as early as March, as way to develop the technology essential to understanding diseases like Alzheimer's and to find new therapies for a variety of mental illnesses. President Obama mentioned Alzheimer's in his State of the Union address and referenced the need for smart investment in research.
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Blood vessel damage in brain may increase Alzheimer's risk

Damage to tiny blood vessels in the brain could be a secondary contributor to Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The researchers said the blood vessel damage is found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's, but the exact connection is still unclear. This study does provide clear evidence that people with dementia in the real world are more complex than those selected in research centers for studies.
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Clinical trials help power Alzheimer's disease research progress

Through clinical trials, researchers test new ways to detect, treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch® is a free service that makes it easy for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials.
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