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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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Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and Huntington's diseases share common crucial feature

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A Loyola University Chicago study has found that abnormal proteins found in Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease all share a similar ability to cause damage when they...

Alzheimer's disease: Family history may explain puzzling link to metabolic gene

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Research linking the metabolic gene TOMM40 with Alzheimer's risk has produced mixed results for years. Now, a new study says family history is the reason.

Can Omega-3 help prevent Alzheimer's disease? Brain spect imaging shows possible link

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Neuroimaging shows increased blood flow in regions of the brain associated with memory and learning for people with higher omega-3 levels, according to a new report in the Journal of Alzheimer's...

Diagnostic biomarkers in saliva show promise in recognizing early Alzheimer's disease

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Your spit may hold a clue to future brain health. Investigators at the Beaumont Research Institute, part of Beaumont Health in Michigan, are hopeful that their study involving small molecules in...

Tau prevents synaptic transmission at early stage of neurodegeneration

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Tau proteins are involved in more than twenty neurodegenerative diseases, including various forms of dementia.

Research reveals new insights into early cognitive markers of Alzheimer's disease

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research led by the University of Hertfordshire, may significantly change the understanding of cognitive processes that are most impaired at very early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Study and new tool proves 'all is not lost' to dementia

Mon, 15 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

In marriage, good communication is key to a fulfilling and enduring relationship.

Dementia-related brain changes observed before memory or thinking problems are noticeable

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

University of Toronto and Baycrest Rotman Research Institute (RRI) scientists have discovered a potential brain imaging predictor for dementia, which illustrates that changes to the brain's structure...

PTSD medications may increase dementia risk

Sun, 14 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research suggests a link between post-traumatic stress disorder and increased dementia risk, but this risk may depend on the use of psychoactive drugs.

Delaying blood thinning treatment may raise dementia risk

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:00:00 PDT

Patients with atrial fibrillation should begin anticoagulation treatment as quickly as possible, suggests new study, as delays may increase dementia risk.

Personalized music may help nursing home residents with dementia

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Across the country, nursing home employees and families are trying personalized music playlists to help seniors cope with the disorienting, anxious experience of living with Alzheimer's disease and...

New cell separator with humble beginnings could revolutionise medical advances in cancer and Alzheimer's research

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new cell separator that began life as a tinfoil and epoxy glue prototype built with supplies from a University shop could revolutionise stem-cell and regenerative cell-based therapies.

Shortage of progranulin is a frequent cause of frontotemporal dementia

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In a study in Human Molecular Genetics, researchers from VIB and KU Leuven led by prof.

Low-dose cannabinoid THC restores memory and learning in old mice

Mon, 08 May 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A new study finds that a low dose of THC - the main psychoactive compound in marijuana - can reverse age-related cognitive decline in old mice.

Alzheimer's disease progression predicted by gene mutation

Thu, 04 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The largest study of its type shows that a mutation in the gene coding for brain-derived neurotrophic factor may predict Alzheimer's disease progression.

Silent seizures recorded in the hippocampus of two patients with Alzheimer's disease

Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigators have identified silent, seizure-like activity in the hippocampus - a brain structure significantly affected in Alzheimer's disease - in two patients...

Stroke prevention may also reduce dementia

Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Ontario's stroke prevention strategy appears to have had an unexpected, beneficial side effect: a reduction also in the incidence of dementia among older seniors.

Low levels of 'memory protein' linked to cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Working with human brain tissue samples and genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers together with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, the University of...

Obesity exacerbates type 2 diabetes-related brain abnormalities

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

People who are overweight and obese with type 2 diabetes may have a greater risk of developing more severe brain abnormalities and cognition complications.

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.