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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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Inflammatory pathways link to obsessive behaviors in a common form of dementia

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists from the Gladstone Institutes identified that mutations in a protein commonly linked to frontotemporal dementia (FTD) result in obsessive-like behaviors.

Exercise boosts brain power in over 50s, concludes latest meta-analysis

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The effect of exercise on the aging brain is still much debated. The latest review takes an in-depth look, concluding that physical activity is beneficial.

Want to stay mentally healthy in older age? Stimulate your brain in early life

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later life, according to new research.

Daily consumption of sodas, fruit juices and artificially sweetened sodas affect brain

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) has shown that people who more frequently consume sugary beverages such as sodas and fruit juices are more likely to have poorer memory, smaller overall...

Keeping tabs on tau to track neurodegenerative disorder progression

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study reports an antibody therapy in development for the neurodegenerative disorders known as tauopathies may be eventually used as a marker to screen patients for disease progression, which...

Two existing drugs halt neurodegeneration in mice

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers reveal how an antidepressant and an experimental cancer drug stopped brain cell death in mouse models of dementia and prion disease.

Protein in umbilical cord blood may restore the aging brain

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A protein identified in human umbilical cord blood has been shown to rejuvenate and revitalize the learning and memory ability of older mice.

New study shows that antipsychotic medications can be reduced in dementia patients

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The use of antipsychotic medication in nearly 100 Massachusetts nursing homes was significantly reduced when staff was trained to recognize challenging behaviors of cognitively impaired residents...

NIH researchers trace origin of blood-brain barrier 'sentry cells'

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Finding in zebrafish may contribute to understanding cognitive decline of aging.

Detecting Alzheimer's disease earlier using ... Greebles?

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Difficulty distinguishing novel objects is associated with family history of Alzheimer's disease.

Link between vascular disease and Alzheimer's strengthened

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Middle-aged adults with at least two risk factors for vascular disease may have higher levels of beta-amyloid - a hallmark of Alzheimer's - in later life.

Common sedatives raise pneumonia risk in Alzheimer's patients

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study examines the link between the commonly prescribed benzodiazepines and the risk of developing pneumonia among people with Alzheimer's disease.

Psychiatric disorders do not increase risk of Alzheimer 's disease

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Psychiatric disorders do not increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland.

SuperAger brains shrink more slowly than peers' brains

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Cortex of super-aged brain deteriorated much slower than average elderly brain over time.

Five of the best Alzheimer's blogs

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Alzheimer's-related blogs may help to support people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. We take a look at five of the best Alzheimer's blogs.

Neurological diseases cost the U.S. nearly $800 billion per year

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A new paper published in the Annals of Neurology reports the most common neurological diseases pose a serious annual financial burden for the nation.

Effects of at-home individual cognitive stimulation therapy on dementia patients and caregivers

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (iCST), an intervention carried out at home by family caregivers, has little impact on the cognition of patients with dementia, a new study has found, but...

Dementia: The right to rehabilitation

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Rehabilitation is important for people with dementia as it is for people with physical disabilities, according to a leading dementia expert.

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.