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Choline may help fight Alzheimer’s across generations

In a new study, researchers at the Biodesign Institute explore a safe and simple treatment for one of the most devastating and perplexing afflictions – Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Lead authors Ramon Velazquez and Salvatore Oddo, along...

New Genetic Risk Factors Discovered for Alzheimer’s Disease

A large-scale international study has discovered new genetic risk loci for Alzheimer’s disease, and researchers published their work in Nature Genetics. Combining genetic data on a large-scale and in a non-conventional manner resulted in the discovery...

Diversity in Alzheimer’s Research

Alzheimer’s disease may be twice as common in black Americans as in whites, and scientists don’t really know why. But new research uncovers a clue that suggests that diagnosing the brain-robbing disease may not be...

Exercise hormone may help combat Alzheimer’s

A hormone released during exercise may protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests. Irisin is a messenger protein generated by muscle tissue that is carried around the body in the bloodstream. The new evidence indicates that...

Can Sunshine Help Your Brain?

A sunny day can make you feel happy, but it may also help retain some of your cognitive powers. New research suggests that vitamin D, often obtained through sun exposure, might be good...

Brains remember more easily with drawings than written notes

Older adults have been found to be just as adept as younger people when it comes to recalling new information, as long as they draw what they’re trying to remember. That was the finding of a recent Canadian study, which...

Strength training in older women necessary to ward off effects of aging

Regular physical activity may help older women increase their mobility, but muscle strength and endurance are likely to succumb to the effects of frailty if they haven’t also been doing resistance training....

Enabling precision-medicine research for Alzheimer’s

Incorporating genetic diversity into a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease resulted in greater overlap with the genetic, molecular and clinical features of this pervasive human disease, according to a study funded by the National Institute...

Could a Blood Test for Tau Diagnose Alzheimer’s?

Cerebrospinal fluid tau is an established Alzheimer’s disease biomarker, but efforts to develop a blood test for tau have been hampered by exceedingly low concentrations of the protein there. At least, until now, claims...

Avoiding the holiday blues as a caregiver

The day-to-day responsibilities of Alzheimer’s caregiving can take its toll, and during the holidays, the range of emotions can run amuck and cause depression or “holiday blues.” As a caregiver, you should be especially attentive in recognizing...

Food Really Does Affect How We Think

There have a been a number of convincing studies in recent years showing that the old adage “you are what you eat” is pretty accurate. But if you weren’t quite convinced to cut back...

Brain Fog in Menopause

Dr. Gayatri Devi’s patient, a 55-year-old former headmistress, had good reason to be distraught. The woman had a yearlong history of progressive memory loss and behavioral problems and was referred to...

What helps people live well with dementia

New research has identified the factors that enable people with dementia and their carers to live as well as possible. Led by the University of Exeter, the research seeks to inform support services and guide policy...

Differences Between Male and Female Caregivers

We typically think of caregivers as women, and while statistically, it is accurate that more women than men provide care for older family members, men do their fair share. He Said, She Said One...

Negative mood signals body’s immune response

Negative mood — such as sadness and anger — is associated with higher levels of inflammation and may be a signal of poor health, according to researchers at Penn State. The investigators found...

Nutrients found in Mediterranean diet linked to better brain connectivity & cognition

A new study links higher levels of several key nutrients in the blood with more efficient brain connectivity and performance on cognitive tests in older adults. The study, reported in the journal NeuroImage, looked at 32 key nutrients...

Parkinson’s disease – new research on the role of cognition and sex differences

Parkinson’s disease (PD) mainly affects the body’s motor system. It’s symptoms – which result from the long-term degeneration of the central nervous system – occur over time and include shaking, difficulty walking, slow movements, and rigidity. People with...

Creativity – Therapy for the Mind

Creativity is a broad concept that is often characterized by the ability to perceive the world in novel ways, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate innovative and useful solutions. While creativity was...

The Effects of Hormones on Brain Health

Hormones are regulatory substances produced by various glands (such as the thyroid, pituitary, ovaries, and adrenal) that stimulate specific cells in the body. They are carried by the blood to different parts of the body...

There’s a Stress Gap Between Men and Women

“I was a workaholic. I love to create things, grow them and solve problems,” said Meng Li, a successful app developer in San Francisco. “I didn’t really care about my mind and...

Possible Alzheimer’s Vaccine Discovered

Researchers at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center reported Tuesday that they have developed a vaccine that could arm the body to attack Alzheimer’s plaques and tangles before they even start to...

The First Time I Knew There was a Problem

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is now the most-feared disease in many western nations, surpassing cancer, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Awareness of dementia is higher than ever before, with individuals across the globe searching for signs...

Too Young to Fade

Dementia is commonly thought of as a disease that affects older adults. While those aged 65 and over certainly do make up the vast majority of individuals with dementia, there is also a growing number...

Ethics of Capacity, Mandatory Retirement, & Those at Potential Risk

Nearly ten years ago, Dr. Michael Gordon received a panicked phone call from the wife of a physician, a man who was a long-time colleague and friend. She pleaded that it was urgent for Dr....