01/03/2013 - While Lewy body disease can exist in a "pure" form — with little or no co-existing Alzheimer’s disease — at least half of individuals with Lewy body disease also have significant amounts of Alzheimer’s pathology. Research now reveals that a genetic variant that increases the risk of developing both early- and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease has been identified to also be a risk factor for Lewy body disorders.

01/03/2013 - Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered how Lewy body pathology spreads in the brain. Researchers injected a synthetic version of misfolded alpha-synuclein into the brain, which resulted in a cell to cell transmission of the rogue protein to the nerve cells near the injection site. Parkinson’s-like Lewy body pathology then developed in the brain. 

12/20/2012 - Capgras syndrome is a fairly common delusion is a recurrent, temporary belief that a familiar person, often a close family member or caregiver, or location has been replaced by an identical imposter. Read the latest research from the Pearl I. Barlow Center for Memory Evaluation and Treatment at the NYU Medical Center.

Recent genetics studies of people with dementia and pathologically confirmed Lewy body disease is shedding light on how a person’s genes may influence their susceptibility to Lewy body dementias. A gene associated with a completely different disorder — Gaucher’s disease — may play a role.