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Rambling or being long-winded may be a sign of dementia

Rambling and long-winded speech in middle or old age may be an early warning of approaching Alzheimer’s, research has found. Taking longer to choose the right word, or using ten where five would do,...

Long-Term Hormone Therapy May Provide Dementia Protection

New research suggests postmenopausal estrogen-based hormone therapy lasting longer than ten years may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Investigators from the University of Eastern Finland performed the large study that explored the...

Depression or dementia? Brain SPECT imaging helps distinguish them

Does a patient have depression or a cognitive disorder (CD) such as Alzheimer’s disease or both? Since both disorders have overlapping symptoms, how can a clinician tell them apart to make an appropriate diagnosis? In a new...

Toronto researchers turn to high-tech help to prevent dementia

  Everyone can make lifestyle choices to prevent Alzheimer’s dementia, but we’re now exploring a promising approach using technology, rather than pills, to help people at...

Exercise may be #1 way to prevent dementia

Regular exercise in middle age is the best lifestyle change a person can make to prevent cognitive decline in their later years, a 20-year study finds. Abnormalities in brain tissue begin several decades before the onset...

Maintaining a healthy weight could prevent Alzheimer’s

There is a surprising link between being overweight in mid-life and early development of Alzheimer’s disease. As part of a 14-year study known as the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA), researchers from the National...

Glucose levels in the brain may be earliest sign of Alzheimer’s

Memory loss and cognitive decline are commonly thought to be the earliest signs of the disorder, but a new study has found declines in glucose levels in the brain come even sooner. Even better? The same team...

Bilinguals may have an edge against Alzheimer’s

People who speak two or more languages appear to weather the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease better than people who have only mastered one language, a new Italian study suggests. Bilingual people with Alzheimer’s outperformed single-language...

Drug Halts Alzheimer’s Related Tau Damage in Brain

Under ordinary circumstances, the protein tau contributes to the normal, healthy functioning of brain neurons. In some people, though, it collects into toxic tangles that damage brain cells. Such tangles are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s and...

Alzheimer’s Roots May Go All The Way Back To The Womb

Alzheimer’s disease afflicts mostly those in advanced age. Many believe that Alzheimer’s disease starts late in life. A study though shows that Alzheimer’s roots may go all the way back to the womb. The study...

Why do people with Alzheimer’s stop recognizing their loved ones?

Alzheimer’s not only steals people’s memories but also their ability to recognize faces, which widens the gulf between people with this disease and their loved ones. A recent study has demonstrated that, beyond causing memory problems,...

Excess tau protein damages brain’s GPS

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have discovered that the spatial disorientation that leads to wandering in many Alzheimer’s disease patients is caused by the accumulation of tau protein in navigational nerve cells in the brain. The...

High blood pressure onset in late life may protect against dementia

The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association suggest that onset of high blood pressure later in life is associated with lower dementia risk after age 90, especially if...

Ministrokes may contribute to dementia

Evidence overwhelmingly supports a link between cognitive decline and cerebrovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, arteriolosclerosis, and cerebral amyloid angiopathy. Not only do individuals with cerebrovascular diseases have a much higher incidence of cortical microinfarcts (mini-strokes), but post-mortem...

Researchers identify different ‘types’ of Alzheimer’s

An international team of researchers has found evidence that the specific type of protein clumps in a person’s brain might help identify different ‘types’ of Alzheimer’s disease. These findings might help future researchers and...

Sauna Use Linked to Lower Dementia, Alzheimer’s Risk in Men

Partaking regularly in the relaxing practice of sauna bathing is associated with a decreased risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) — at least in men, new research suggests. Further results from the Kuopio Ischemic Heart...

Neurodegenerative Diseases Could Be Treated By Activating A Single Protein

The key to treating some neurodegenerative disorders might be a single protein. Researchers from Gladstone revealed that regulating a protein level using a single protein could lead to possible treatments of neurodegenerative diseases like...

Protein in Spinal Fluid Gives Clues About Early Dementia Signs

Scientists have identified a protein that may help them better study the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Many scientists believe that the immune system plays a role in the progression of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s,...

Saliva Test for Alzheimer’s?

Canadian researchers have developed a simple saliva test for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, which they say may also be used to identify individuals at high risk of developing the condition in future. The test...

Antipsychotic use increases risk of mortality among those with Alzheimer’s

Antipsychotic drug use is associated with a 60 percent increased risk of mortality among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, shows a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk was highest at the beginning of drug...

Statins may be a key to preventing Alzheimer’s

Although doctors prescribe statins to help lower cholesterol, the drugs might have an added benefit – reducing Alzheimer’s disease risk. Regular use of statins is associated with a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s, according to a study published...

Hormone Therapy Linked to Reduced Mortality Risk From Dementia

Postmenopausal women undergoing estradiol-based hormone therapy have a significantly decreased risk for mortality due to vascular dementia and a modestly decreased risk for mortality due to Alzheimer’s disease, according to research published in the...

Antibiotic Rocephin May Restore Brain Function In Alzheimer’s

Treatment with the antibiotic Rocephin (ceftriaxone) may restore brain function in areas affected by Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. The study, “Mapping Synaptic Glutamate Transporter Dysfunction In Vivo To Regions Surrounding Aβ...

Alzheimer’s brain plaques may also harm the heart

Protein fragments that form plaques in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients might also stiffen their heart muscle and increase their risk of heart failure, a new study reports. The protein fragments are called amyloid beta....

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