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Working moms may be shielded from memory loss

Having a paying job might shield women from memory loss decades later, according to a new study. That’s because paid work may offer mental stimulation, financial benefits and social connections that could limit declines in...

Sleep Medications Increase Dementia Risk for Some

New research reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2019 in Los Angeles evaluates drug and non-drug treatments to improve sleep patterns in persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Sleep disruption is a common behavioral challenge that...

Genes Linked to Why Women Are More Prone to Alzheimer’s

It is well-known that women are more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease than men, but exactly why hasn’t been clearly understood. Research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Los Angeles today describes...

Research shines light on why women more likely to develop Alzheimer’s

The reason women appear to be at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than men might be due to a number of genetic, anatomical and even social influences, researchers have suggested. Recent figures show about 65% of...

Healthy blood vessels may be the answer to Alzheimer’s prevention

If you’re worried about Alzheimer’s disease, your best shot at prevention could be maintaining cardiovascular health through exercise and diet and staying on top of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. That’s...

A Molecule Discovered That Prevents Buildup Of Toxic Protein In The Brain

Alzheimer’s is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases affecting millions today. Usually targeting people aged 60 and above, it works by slowly killing the neurons in various parts of our brain, making the person suffering from...

Low-carb ‘keto’ diet may modestly improve cognition

In a pilot study of 14 older adults with mild cognitive problems suggestive of early Alzheimer’s disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report that a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet may improve brain function and memory. Although the researchers say...

Sex matters for Alzheimer’s risk

Already known to be the strongest genetic risk factor for developing late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, the E4 allele of the APOE gene has now been found to increase a woman’s susceptibility to accumulate tau, a protein known to play a...

Disrupted Sleep in Your 50s Raises Your Alzheimer’s Risk

People who report a declining quality of sleep as they age from their 50s to their 60s have more protein tangles in their brain, putting them at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease...

New Target to Keep Dementia at Bay

USC researchers have discovered a secret sauce in the brain’s vascular system that preserves the neurons needed to keep dementia and other diseases at bay. The finding, in a mouse model of the human...

Sex affects tau accumulation in the brain

The strongest genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease is the apolipoprotein E type 4 allele (ApoE ε4). Research presented by Manish Paranjpe at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Society of Nuclear...

Vitamin D and estradiol help guard against heart disease, stroke, and diabetes

Vitamin D and estrogen have already shown well-documented results in improving bone health in women. A new study from China suggests that this same combination could help prevent metabolic syndrome, a constellation of conditions...

The Alzheimer’s-Cholesterol Connection

Elevated low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels were tied to a higher probability of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, a case series showed. Early-onset Alzheimer’s patients had higher LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, and apolipoprotein B (Apo...

On Target – New Focuses for a Potential Alzheimer’s Cure

Over the last three decades, scientists have focused primarily on two targets to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) – amyloid and tau. “Alzheimer’s is characterized by deposits of amyloid – essentially the grouping of abnormal proteins...

Antibiotic treatment alleviates Alzheimer’s symptoms but only in male mice

Researchers at The University of Chicago have demonstrated that the type of bacteria living in the gut can influence the development of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms in mice. The study, which will be published May 16 in the Journal...

Brain changes linked with Alzheimer’s years before symptoms appear

In a records review of 290 people at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, scientists say they have identified an average level of biological and anatomical brain changes linked to Alzheimer’s disease that occur three to 10 years...

The Germ of an Idea

The idea that infectious agents (such as viruses, bacteria, or fungi) may play a role in dementia is not new. Alois Alzheimer – the man who first described a “peculiar disease” in 1906 that would later become known as Alzheimer’s disease – first proposed that infection might be involved in the disease process. Over the years, various researchers have uncovered findings that support potential links between different infectious agents and neurological disorders.

Working Memory Changes with Age

Researchers from HSE University and York University have become the first to analyse the results of 82 functional neuroimaging studies on working memory mechanisms in different adult age groups. The meta-analyses showed...

A possible blood test for early-stage Alzheimer’s disease

A large team of researchers affiliated with a host of institutions across South Korea has developed a possible blood test to detect the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease in patients who have yet to...

Brain Zapping Technique Temporarily Reverses Memory Loss

Electromagnetic brain stimulation of an area of the brain known as the hippocampus has improved the memory of older adults with age-related memory loss, in a study published in the journal Neurology. Researchers from Northwestern...

Blood Biomarkers Plus Gene Status May Predict Cognitive Decline

Using a machine-learning approach, investigators identified four plasma proteins that correlate with cerebrospinal fluid amyloid-beta-1-42 status; these proteins plus apolipoprotein E4 genotype predicted amyloid positivity. Levels of four blood proteins, when combined with apolipoprotein...

Shorter Reproductive History Tied to Dementia Risk in Women

The timing of menopause, menarche, along with the duration of a woman’s reproductive span, was associated with the risk for dementia, according to a new analysis in the March 28 online edition of Neurology....

New PET imaging biomarker could better predict progression of Alzheimer’s

Researchers have discovered a way to better predict progression of Alzheimer’s disease. By imaging microglial activation levels with positron emission tomography (PET), researchers were able to better predict progression of the disease than with beta-amyloid PET imaging,...

Your eyes may reveal early signs of Alzheimer’s

Reduced blood capillaries in the back of the eye may be a new, noninvasive way to diagnose early cognitive impairment, the precursor to Alzheimer’s disease in which individuals become forgetful, reports a newly published Northwestern...

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