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The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes, damage the brain. Dementia is p

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Is it depression or dementia? Brain SPECT imaging helps distinguish them

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Neuroimaging of decreased blood flow in specific regions of the brain can differentiate between depression and cognitive disorders, according to a new report in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

Postmenopausal hormone therapy exceeding ten years may protect from dementia

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Postmenopausal estrogen-based hormone therapy lasting longer than ten years was associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease in a large study carried out at the University of Eastern...

Evidence of brain damage found in former footballers

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

Evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a potential cause of dementia caused by repeated blows to the head, has been found in the brains of former association football (soccer) players...

New understandings of cell death show promise for preventing Alzheimer's

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that leads to dementia via advanced neuronal dysfunction and death.

Calcium imbalance within brain cells may trigger Alzheimer's disease

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research examines the metabolism of brain cells and uncovers the calcium exchange mechanism that could lead to Alzheimer's disease.

Children of patients with C9orf72 mutations are at a greater risk of frontotemporal dementia or ALS at a younger age

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

The most common genetic cause of the brain diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a mutation in the C9orf72 gene.

Gut bacteria may play a role in Alzheimer's disease

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research from Lund University in Sweden has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's may be linked to defective brain cells spreading disease

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Rutgers scientists say neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's may be linked to defective brain cells disposing toxic proteins that make neighboring cells sick.

'Helper cells' can turn toxic in brain injury and diseases

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PST

Astrocytes induced by central nervous system injury and disease normally help repair damage. Now, a study finds some can turn rogue and kill cells instead.

Link between sleep and cognitive impairment in the elderly

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Daytime sleepiness is very common in the elderly with prevalence rates of up to 50 percent.

A fifth of dementia cases may be caused by air pollution, study suggests

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PST

New research suggests that high exposure to fine particulate air pollution may increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Low levels of glucose in the brain may trigger Alzheimer's

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 09:00:00 PST

New research uses mice to show how glucose deprivation leads to neural tangles typical of Alzheimer's disease, triggering cognitive and memory impairment.

A glitch in 'gatekeeper cells' slowly suffocates the brain

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Abnormality with special cells that wrap around blood vessels in the brain leads to neuron deterioration, possibly affecting the development of Alzheimer's disease, a USC-led study reveals.

New drug SAK3 may offer hope to Alzheimer's disease patients

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter in the brain that plays an important role in controlling attention and cognition.

Vitamin A deficiency may cause Alzheimer's to begin in the womb

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 08:00:00 PST

New research suggests that the biochemical reactions responsible for Alzheimer's disease may begin as early as the womb. Vitamin A plays a crucial role.

Can mushrooms help delay or prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease?

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

Certain edible and medicinal mushrooms contain bioactive compounds that may enhance nerve growth in the brain and protect against neurotoxic stimuli such as inflammation that contribute to...

Alzheimer's disease: Music, meditation may improve early cognitive decline

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

A West Virginia research team have found that using meditation or music listening programs may have benefits for people with preclinical cognitive decline.

Scientists stop and reverse Alzheimer's-related brain damage in mice

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists have found a molecule that restores normal levels of a protein responsible for Alzheimer's disease; tests were performed on mice and monkeys.

New PET imaging technique may help monitor neurological disease progression

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Olfactory neurons in the nasal cavity are the primary source of our sense of smell. Unlike many types of neurons, olfactory neurons are continuously generated throughout the adult lifespan.

People with dementia need more support to manage their medication

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

New research funded by Pharmacy Research UK and published in Health Expectations, reveals people with dementia may struggle with managing their medication - exposing them to side-effects...

Alzheimer's protein buildup disrupts the brain's navigation center

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:00:00 PST

New research suggests that a buildup of tau - a hallmark of Alzheimer's - interferes with the brain's GPS, explaining why some Alzheimer's patients wander.

Hospital-induced delirium may speed up dementia, study finds

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research suggests that delirium triggered by hospitalization can accelerate cognitive decline as well as dementia in senior patients.

UK health system not fit for people with dementia and other chronic conditions

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

The UK's current health and social care system isn't fit for purpose when it comes to caring for people living with dementia (PLWD) who also have other illnesses and chronic conditions.

New insight into role of cell protein in learning ability and AIDS-related dementia

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

Researchers from the University of California (UCLA) and Cardiff University have made a breakthrough in the understanding of AIDS-related dementia, discovering the role of a neuron protein which...

New guidelines could help improve research into vascular cognitive impairment

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

New guidelines have been developed that it is hoped will help to progress research into vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) following a study led by academics at the University of Bristol that...