Category Archives: Dementia

Foggy ‘old age’ brain may be prevented by an existing drug, riluzole

Forgetfulness, it turns out, is all in the head. Scientists have shown fading memory and clouding judgment, the type that comes with advancing age, show up as lost and altered connections between neurons in the brain. But new experiments suggest … Continue reading

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Little Evidence Brain Games Boost Intelligence or Prevent Dementia

Newswise — Computerized brain games that are advertised as a way to help boost intelligence and prevent dementia will be popular Christmas gifts this year. But there’s little scientific evidence to support these industry claims, said Loyola University Medical Center … Continue reading

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Depression in dementia more common in community care, study finds

A University of Manchester study of over 400 people in eight EU countries with severe dementia has found that those residing in long-term care homes are less likely to suffer from depressive symptoms than those living in the community. Researchers … Continue reading

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Can Poor Sleep Lead to Dementia?

Newswise — MINNEAPOLIS – People who have sleep apnea or spend less time in deep sleep may be more likely to have changes in the brain that are associated with dementia, according to a new study published in the December … Continue reading

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Forget About the Car Keys, Do You Know When to Take Away Your Parent’s Checkbook?

Newswise — BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Many Americans have struggled with the thorny issue of suggesting an elderly loved one should give up the car keys, but experts suggest caregivers may also need to be mindful of seniors’ ability to manage … Continue reading

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Why do so many seniors with memory loss and dementia never get tested?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Despite clear signs that their memory and thinking abilities have gone downhill, more than half of seniors with these symptoms haven’t seen a doctor about them, a new study finds. University of Michigan researchers and their … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s neuronal death process not triggered by amyloid-beta, but by tau

WASHINGTON — New research points to tau, not amyloid-beta (Abeta) plaque, as the seminal event that spurs neuron death in disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. The finding, which dramatically alters the prevailing theory of Alzheimer’s development, also explains why some … Continue reading

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Sport in old age can stimulate brain fitness, but effect decreases with advancing age

Physical exercise in old age can improve brain perfusion as well as certain memory skills. This is the finding of Magdeburg neuroscientists who studied men and women aged between 60 and 77. In younger individuals regular training on a treadmill … Continue reading

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Cold sores increase the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia: Umea University study

Infection with herpes simplex virus increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Umeå University, Sweden, claim this in two studies in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia. “Our results clearly show that there is a link between infections of herpes … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s detected before dementia signs show: York U study

TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2014 — York University researchers say a simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect heightened risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease in a person, even before there are any telltale behavioural signs of dementia. … Continue reading

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What if it’s not Alzheimer’s?

Although the public most often associates dementia with Alzheimer’s disease, the medical profession now distinguishes various types of “other” dementias. This book is the first and only comprehensive guide dealing with frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), one of the largest groups of … Continue reading

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New mindfulness coping strategy for the memory impaired and their caregivers

CHICAGO — Mindfulness training for individuals with early-stage dementia and their caregivers together in the same class was beneficial for both groups, easing depression and improving sleep and quality of life, reports new Northwestern Medicine study. “The disease is challenging … Continue reading

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Changes in the eye can predict some dementia

Researchers at the Gladstone Institutes and University of California, San Francisco have shown that a loss of cells in the retina is one of the earliest signs of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in people with a genetic risk for the disorder—even … Continue reading

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