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Anesthesia & Dementia

The administration of general anesthesia (an anesthetic used to induce unconsciousness during surgery), and its potential for long-term cognitive effects, has been under intense scrutiny. Memory loss after surgery affects more than 35% of young adults...

Swiss non-profit aims to break taboo of women’s brain health

If depression is twice as common in women than men worldwide, does that mean we need to change how we think about gender, health, and science? That’s the argument of the Women’s Brain Project, which is calling for...

Stress Can Shrink Your Brain

Chronic stress can deliver a damaging blow to a person’s health. It can have a negative impact on the cardiovascular system, breathing, the liver, digestion, the nervous system, and many other aspects of well-being....

The Story in our Genes – Genetic Testing for Dementia

Once on the frontiers of science, genetic testing has in recent years moved into the mainstream. According to industry estimates, the number of people who have had their genes analyzed with direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic genealogy tests...

Assessing the ‘Worried Well’ – Online Memory Testing Tools

As we age, it is normal to experience some decline in our memory function. But with so much public concern about the ever-increasing prevalence of dementia, many of us wonder if our forgetfulness is a...

Could It Be In You To Give? The Latest on Alzheimer’s Blood Tests

With most deadly diseases, an early diagnosis is crucial. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is no different, but it has been challenging to detect. Many people suffer from the disease for years, or even decades, before showing...

Ten Minutes of Exercise Daily Can Make a Difference to Your Brain Health

We know that physical activity is critical to a healthy lifestyle. Exercise helps with muscle strengthening, physical control and coordination, but, most importantly, it helps maintain good blood flow to the brain and may encourage...

Heads Up – The Effects of Migraine on Your Brain

For the 10% to 15% of the population who experience migraines, the intense pain can be incapacitating. It is a complex neurological disorder that can affect one or both sides of the brain, and involves...

Positivity and optimism might protect against cognitive decline

Want to boost your brain health? Try getting happy, suggests a new report from AARP’s Global Council on Brain Health, which looks at how mental well-being — comprised of things such as your mood or...

New appropriate use criteria for lumbar puncture in Alzheimer’s diagnosis

In preparation for more tools that detect and measure the biology associated with Alzheimer’s and other dementias earlier and with more accuracy, an Alzheimer’s Association-led Workgroup has published appropriate use criteria (AUC) for lumbar puncture (spinal tap)...

Time to rethink how we diagnose Alzheimer’s

With all the focus on Alzheimer disease in recent years as a result of the aging population, what have we learned? A symposium at The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) Annual Meeting in San Diego, October 3-6, will...

Sexual Trauma in Women Linked to Devastating Long-Term Health Effects

The scars left behind by traumatic events mark both the body and the brain. As the recent testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford about her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh illustrated,...

First Ever Guidelines Address Depression in Midlife Women

The field of medicine has really grown in its appreciation for the need to understand factors that contribute to women’s vulnerability to depression. For example, there is much more understanding, outreach, and treatment for depression during...

Epigenetics – The Brain-Booster You’ve Never Heard Of

The emerging science of epigenetics describes the way our lifestyle and environment influence our gene expression over time. This growing field of research is a hot topic right now because it has radically altered our...

Stroke doubles dementia risk, according to a large-scale study

People who have had a stroke are around twice as likely to develop dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted. The University of Exeter Medical School led the study which analysed data...

Speeding Progress in Migraine Requires Unraveling Sex Differences

To decrease the substantial health and economic burden of migraine on individuals and society, researchers need to examine and address how the disease differs between women and men, according to a report from the Society...

Diet has bigger impact on emotional well-being in women than in men

Women may need a more nutrient-rich diet to support a positive emotional well-being, according to new research from Binghamton University, State University at New York. Mounting evidence suggests that anatomical and functional differences in men’s and women’s brain...

Sitting For Long Periods Can Reduce Blood Flow To The Brain

Sitting behind a desk all day and struggling to concentrate come 3pm? New research has found that staying sedentary can slow the flow of blood to our brains, which can have short-term effects on...

Looking for an earlier sign of Alzheimer’s disease

Recent research suggests that the brain changes leading to Alzheimer’s disease begin many years before the onset of symptoms. Most often the disease is not diagnosed until it exists in full force, so finding earlier changes in...

Dizziness on Standing May Be a Risk Factor for Dementia

Feeling dizzy or lightheaded when you stand up may be a risk factor for stroke and dementia years down the road, a new study reports. The condition, known as orthostatic hypotension, is...

Asking older adults better questions about their memory

Healthcare providers and researchers rely on screening questions to detect patients who may be at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and other aging-related problems, but how these questions are worded may be confusing or trigger emotional responses....

Life is short after dementia diagnosis, no matter your age

Your age doesn’t determine how long you’ll live after a dementia diagnosis, new research contends. “These findings suggest that, despite all efforts, and despite being younger and perhaps physically ‘healthier’ than older people, survival time in people with...

First dementia prevalence data in lesbian, gay and bisexual older adults

The first dementia prevalence data from a large population of lesbian, gay and bisexual older adults was reported today at the 2018 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago. Researchers from University of California, San Francisco and Kaiser...

First practice guidelines for clinical evaluation of Alzheimer’s

Despite more than two decades of advances in diagnostic criteria and technology, symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) too often go unrecognized or are misattributed, causing delays in appropriate diagnoses and care that are both...

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