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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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Protein that regulates brain cell connections could be new target for treating Alzheimer's disease

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In experiments with a protein called Ephexin5 that appears to be elevated in the brain cells of Alzheimer's disease patients and mouse models of the disease, Johns Hopkins researchers say removing...

Drinking tea could help stave off cognitive decline

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A new study suggests that regular tea consumption may reduce the risk of cognitive decline, especially for those at genetic risk of Alzheimer's disease.

An intriguing new gene candidate in the search for Alzheimer's disease therapies

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Tau pathology is one of the defining features of Alzheimer disease (AD), which is the most common form of dementia in older age.

Concern over high US prescribing levels of common drug linked to dementia

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new analysis raises concern over high prescription rates in the USA of a common drug used to treat overactive bladder.

Insulin resistance may lead to faster cognitive decline

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A new Tel Aviv University study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease finds that insulin resistance, caused in part by obesity and physical inactivity, is also linked to a more rapid...

Novel link between unhealthy hearts and dementia

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers from National University Health System (NUHS) have discovered a link between cardiac diseases and brain dysfunction.

Alzheimer's linked to unsaturated fatty acids in the brain

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research finds a correlation between the levels of six unsaturated fatty acids and the development of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults.

Dementia not prevented with vitamin E, selenium, study finds

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:00:00 PDT

New clinical trial and cohort study investigate the preventive effects of vitamin E and selenium on elderly men with no symptoms of dementia.

Encouragement to consult GPs for memory concerns did not ensure earlier dementia diagnosis

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Encouraging patients with potential memory deficits to seek early advice from a general practitioner (GP) empowered more of them to consult their GP, but GPs did not change their behavior and refer...

Common genetic variant may age the brain

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Variants of the gene TMEM106B may age the brain and raise the risk of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's, a new study finds.

Never before seen images of early stage Alzheimer's disease

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have used the MAX IV synchrotron in Lund - the strongest of its kind in the world - to produce images that predate the formation of toxic clumps of...

Sudden drops in blood pressure may increase risk of dementia

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study finds a link between experiencing rapid drops in blood pressure in middle age and the risk of dementia 20 years later.

Researchers identify how inflammation spreads through the brain after injury

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Researchers have identified a new mechanism by which inflammation can spread throughout the brain after injury.

Tooth loss linked to an increased risk of dementia

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In a study of 1566 community-dwelling Japanese elderly who were followed for 5 years, the risk of developing dementia was elevated in individuals with fewer remaining teeth.

Caffeine may ward off dementia by boosting protective enzyme

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers have uncovered a number of compounds - including caffeine - that boost production of the enzyme NMNAT2, which may protect against dementia.

Study finds new mechanism to control information flow in the brain

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Specialized nerve cells, known as somatostatin-expressing (Sst) interneurons, in the outer part of the mammalian brain (or cerebral cortex) - play a key role in controlling how information flows in...

Disrupting protein interaction may slow Alzheimer's progression

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A recent study investigating the interaction between two proteins may offer novel drug targets for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Autoimmune conditions and dementia: What's the link?

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new large-scale study in the United Kingdom finds a small but significant increased risk of dementia for individuals with an autoimmune disease.

Frontotemporal dementia: Types, symptoms, treatment

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PDT

What is frontotemporal dementia and what are the different types of frontotemporal dementia? What are the possible causes and how is it diagnosed?

Human neurons in mouse brains are more susceptible to Alzheimer's pathology

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Cells behave differently when removed from their environments, just as cells that develop in cultures do not behave like cells in living creatures.

Dementia risk reduced by eating 'five-a-day'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Eating five portions of fruits and vegetables daily - in line with current recommendations - may reduce older adults' risk of dementia, study finds.

Alzheimer's disease: Molecular study clarifies potential link to high blood sugar

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Sugar can damage cell proteins via glycation. Now, study finds glycation damage in enzyme for immune function and insulin regulation in early Alzheimer's.

Benefits of cognitive training in dementia patients unclear

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Positive effects of cognitive training in healthy elderly people have been reported, but data regarding its effects in patients with dementia is unclear.

Bleeding stroke survivors at higher risk of depression, dementia

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Newly diagnosed depression in survivors of brain bleeds may signal the onset of dementia.

People who sleep longer twice as likely to develop dementia

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 08:00:00 PDT

New research finds people who consistently sleep more than 9 hours per night are at a significantly higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.