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Computer avatars play a part in dementia detection

Diagnosis of dementia is made via cognitive function tests such as the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and medical imaging systems at hospitals, a fairly large system for the purpose. As the population ages, an increasing number of...

Viruses May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease

Two strains of human herpesvirus—human herpesvirus 6A (HHV-6A) and human herpesvirus 7 (HHV-7)—are found in the brains of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease at levels up to twice as high as in those without Alzheimer’s, according to...

Spatial tests could reveal early sign of Alzheimer’s

Simple tests of spatial awareness could allow clinicians to spot early indications of Alzheimer’s disease, Nobel Prize winner Prof John O’Keefe told the Schrödinger at 75 conference. Early detection was critical for treating...

Liver disease drug could help restore cells damaged by Alzheimer’s

A drug which has been used to treat liver disease for decades could help to restore cells damaged by Alzheimer’s, a new study from the University of Sheffield has found. The pioneering study, funded...

Osteoporosis may increase dementia risk

Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women across the world. In recent decades, several authors have analyzed the impact of osteoporosis on the risk of cognitive decline. The goal of a recent study was to investigate...

Estrogen’s Brain Benefits are Tied to a Women’s Age

The story of estrogen and Alzheimer’s disease is one of controversy. Epidemiological studies consistently suggest the hormone protects the brain, but the landmark Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS) found that hormone replacement therapy...

Brain Damage from Cardiovascular Disease Starts Earlier Than You Think

Scientists agree that midlife cardiovascular risk factors portend late-life dementia. But exactly when in midlife? Two separate, but complementary, studies presented at this year’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, held July 22–26 in Chicago, come down...

How well you remember past events may be early predictor of Alzheimer’s

Testing how well people remember past events in their lives could help medical professionals make early predictions about who is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Arizona. Researchers administered...

Stressed, toxic, zombie cells seen for 1st time in Alzheimer’s

A type of cellular stress known to be involved in cancer and aging has now been implicated, for the first time, in Alzheimer’s disease. UT Health San Antonio faculty researchers reported the discovery Monday [August 20, 2018]...

Impact of osteoporosis on the risk of dementia

Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women globally. In Germany the occurrence of this disease amongst individuals aged above 50 years is roughly 15%. This current study had the goal of investigating the impact of osteoporosis...

Why some people with brain markers of Alzheimer’s have no dementia

A new study has uncovered why some people that have brain markers of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) never develop the classic dementia that others do. The results showed that resilient individuals had a unique synaptic protein signature that...

Dialysis Linked to Dementia in Seniors

Older kidney failure patients on hemodialysis have high rates of dementia, which is associated with an increased risk of early death, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 357,000 dialysis patients aged 66 and older and...

Crucial Link Between Eye Disease And Alzheimer’s

As scientists continue to try understand Alzheimer’s and how it might be cured, new research has uncovered an intriguing link between the condition and some degenerative eye diseases, including glaucoma. While it’s much too...

How the Menstrual Cycle Changes Women’s Brains – For the Better

Right after a period, women have better spatial awareness. Three weeks after, verbal skills peak. It turns out the monthly cycle does change the brain – but not in the ways you think. In the...

A Link Between Estrogen and Dementia

Researchers at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Chicago revealed some interesting research for women approaching menopause. New research has found a link between dementia and estrogen levels — the more estrogen a woman receives from pregnancy,...

Apathy Associated With Increased Risk for Dementia

Apathy is associated with an increased risk for incident dementia in patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and isolated subjective cognitive concerns, according to research published in JAMA Psychiatry. Researchers noted that, “Apathy deserves more attention as...

Antihypertensive Therapy May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

Antihypertensive therapy to lower elevated blood pressure (BP) decreases the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in older adults, and the benefits may be gained by several different drug classes, new research shows. Debate...

Precision medicine may be the answer for Alzheimer’s

It’s been notoriously difficult to develop medicines for Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, it seems, pharmaceutical companies release data from studies of promising drug candidates that...

Delving into why women are more likely than men to suffer from Alzheimer’s

Two UC Irvine researchers recently began investigating why women are almost twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Drs. Sunil Gandhi and Mathew Blurton-Jones were the winners of a $100,000 grant...

‘Promising’ ultrasound pokes holes in brain barrier to let drug treatment through

they let scientists beam sound waves into the brain to temporarily jiggle an opening in its protective shield. The so-called blood-brain barrier prevents germs and other damaging...

Gut-Liver-Brain Interactions Tied to Alzheimer’s

Converging research about the gut-liver-brain axis showed connections between the digestive system and markers of Alzheimer’s disease, though questions of correlation versus causality remain. Four studies reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference suggested gut...

Evidence Mounts That Germs May Cause Alzheimer’s

In the end it will be microbes—bacteria, viruses and fungus—found to be at the root of all disease and aging, and specifically Alzheimer’s, contends geneticist Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Emile Tanzi. “The two biggest threats...

Certain cannabis may have a calming effect on agitated Alzheimer’s patients

Canadian researchers are presenting some encouraging early data on a new way of helping to calm agitated patients with Alzheimer’s, using a man-made form of cannabis called nabilone. About half of patients with advancing Alzheimer’s...

Women bear Alzheimer’s burden; researchers are trying to discover why

At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago this week, researchers are exploring biological and social differences that might explain why more women than men develop Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. A study to...

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