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Intensive Blood Pressure Control May Prevent Brain Damage Later in Life

The health of your heart affects the health of your brain. That’s the emerging consensus from research into how controlling blood pressure may affect brain health later in life. The latest study in this growing body of research came...

The brain’s wakefulness center is one of the earliest casualties of Alzheimer’s

Among patients with Alzheimer’s, excessive daytime napping is often observed long before memory problems are apparent. Prior research has suggested that daytime fatigue results from the poor nighttime sleep associated with Alzheimer’s, while other studies have...

Depression could signal cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s

Depressive symptoms might be an early risk factor of Alzheimer’s disease before the exhibition of cognitive deficits, a new study shows. The study, conducted at Massachusettes General Hospital (MGH), demonstrated how depressive symptoms in patients with brain...

Good heart health at age 50 linked to lower dementia risk later in life

Good cardiovascular health at age 50 is associated with a lower risk of dementia later in life, finds a study of British adults published by The BMJ today. The researchers say their findings support public health policies to improve cardiovascular...

‘Stressors’ in middle age linked to cognitive decline in older women

A new analysis of data on more than 900 Baltimore adults by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers has linked stressful life experiences among middle-aged women — but not men — to greater memory decline in later life. The...

Study Finds Link Between Liver Dysfunction and Alzheimer’s

A new study has discovered novel connections between liver dysfunction and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The findings, published in the journal JAMA Network Open, may lead to earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease and ultimately better prevention....

Model predicts cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s, up to two years out

A new model developed at MIT can help predict if patients at risk for Alzheimer’s disease will experience clinically significant cognitive decline due to the disease, by predicting their cognition test scores up to...

A gene that causes Alzheimer’s drugs to fail

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Despite the growing number of patients there are still no cure available, making it the only disease that cannot be treated...

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...

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