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Anti-epilepsy drug restores normal brain activity in mild Alzheimer’s

In the last decade, mounting evidence has linked seizure-like activity in the brain to some of the cognitive decline seen in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have an increased risk of epilepsy and nearly...

Physical Activity Is Linked to Brain Health

Scientists studying Alzheimer’s have found that staying moderately active can lead to healthier brain functions in those at risk of developing the disease, potentially giving us another clue how to beat the condition. In...

Researchers discover what may be earliest stage of Alzheimer’s

Older adults with elevated levels of brain-clogging plaques — but otherwise normal cognition — experience faster mental decline suggestive of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study led by the Keck School of Medicine...

Even Moderate Drinking May Harm Brain Function

Alcohol consumption, even in moderation, is linked to a greater risk of adverse brain outcomes and a more severe decline in cognition, according to a new U.K. study published in the journal The BMJ....

Seizure-Like Brain Activity May Contribute to Alzheimer’s Development

Epileptic-seizure-like activity in a brain region called the hippocampus may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s, according to a case study involving two patients. And an anti-epileptic medicine may be able to slow the...

Dual gait testing may be an early predictor of dementia

In a new study, researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University are demonstrating that gait, or motion testing, while simultaneously performing a cognitively demanding task can be an effective predictor of progression to dementia and...

Your saliva may predict Alzheimer’s disease risk

Your spit may hold clues to future brain health, say scientists who have found that small molecules in saliva can help identify those at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder with no...

Gut Instinct – New discovery sheds light on brain disease

A UNM doctor’s expertise with a devastating inherited neurological condition that disproportionately affects New Mexico Hispanics contributed to a new study demonstrating the powerful effect intestinal bacteria can have on brain health....

A third of all stroke survivors could develop dementia within five years

Three of the UK’s leading health charities are highlighting the close link between dementia and strokes, with one in ten stroke survivors (10 per cent) expected to develop dementia within a year of having their stroke. This...

Delayed Use Of Blood Thinners For Atrial Fibrillation Increases Risk Of Dementia

A new study found that dementia rates increase with delays in starting anticoagulation treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF). The large study included more than 76,230 AF patients with no prior history of dementia that were treated...

Alzheimer’s Experts Urge FDA to ‘Modernize’ its Approach to Approving New Treatments

Leading Alzheimer’s disease researchers and a prominent patient advocate today published an analysis, “Single Endpoint for New Drug Approvals for Alzheimer’s Disease,” urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clarify and modernize its current approach for approving...

Brain reactions differ in male and female brains during cardiovascular activity

A region of the brain that helps to manage body functions including stress, heart rate and blood pressure reacts differently between men and women when presented with certain stimuli, according to a new study from the UCLA...

Dementia-related brain changes are identifiable even before problems are noticeable

Researchers at the University of Toronto and Baycrest Rotman Research Institute (RRI) have discovered a potential brain imaging predictor for dementia, which illustrates that changes to the brain’s structure may occur years prior to a diagnosis, even...

Researchers find that low levels of a specific protein cause Alzheimer’s

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers have determined that the protein SIRT6 is almost completely absent in Alzheimer’s disease patients and likely contributes to its onset. The common consensus is that aging is the result of DNA...

Marijuana May Improve Dementia Treatment

Marijuana use has been charged with hurting our memory, especially after long years of heavy use starting at a young age. But now, a joint study conducted by German and Israeli scientists has found that...

Overactive Bladder Drugs Tied to Increased Dementia Risk in Diabetes

The use of oxybutynin, solifenacin, and tolterodine for overactive bladder (OAB) was tied to an increased risk for dementia in patients with diabetes, according to a paper published in the PLoS One journal....

Alzheimer’s ultrasound treatment

Canadian researchers have taken a key first step that could potentially lead to a whole new way of treating Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and University of Toronto are using focused ultrasound to...

Stroke prevention may also reduce dementia

A new paper by researchers at Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) shows there’s been a decade-long drop in new diagnoses of both stroke and dementia in the most...

Low Levels of “Memory Protein” Linked to Cognitive Decline

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 California San Diego Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Columbia University,...

Dementia Linked to Excessive Daytime Sleepiness

In a cohort of non-demented elderly patients, excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) increased the rate of β-amyloid accumulation, according to results presented at the 2017 American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting. “We found that elderly...

Repurposed drugs may combat Alzheimer’s

Scientists at Cambridge University have helped discover that two “repurposed” drugs can reduce brain shrinkage caused by Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Both medicines, one a licensed antidepressant and the other an anti-cancer compound,...

Could young blood revive memory in the aging brain?

A new study hints that young blood may harbor clues to a “fountain of youth” for older brains. Researchers say blood from human umbilical cords appears to have helped reverse memory loss in aging mice....

Different Risks for Amyloid, Neurodegeneration

Different factors appear to protect against amyloid deposition and neurodegeneration, the two hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, according to an analysis from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. Aside from the known risk factors of...

Difficulty in Identifying Subtle Image Differences May Hint at Future Likelihood of Alzheimer’s

People who have trouble detecting details in a test with figures may be at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a new study. This finding suggests that subtle changes in...

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