People who die of severe COVID-19 have brain abnormalities that resemble changes seen in Alzheimer’s disease – accumulation of a protein called tau inside brain cells, and abnormal amounts of the protein beta-amyloid that accumulates into amyloid plaques – small studies found. In other news, seniors can safely get the high-dose flu vaccine and an mRNA COVID-19 booster dose at the same time, a new study confirms.

A study by The National Institutes for Quantum Science and Technology in Japan found that a supplement with seven specific amino acids called Amino LP7 appeared to slow brain degeneration and dementia development in mice.

Shares of Axsome Therapeutics were up after the company announced positive long-term results from a Phase III major depressive disorder (MDD) study that sets up potential regulatory approval for AXS-05.

A review of recently published scientific studies includes a look at the potential of using flu and pneumonia vaccines to decrease the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.