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Women with Genetic Risk of Alzheimer’s More Likely than Men to Develop It Between Age 65 and 75

White women whose genes put them at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease are more likely than white men with similar risk genes to be diagnosed between the ages of 65 and 75, a study drawing on...

Stopping Alzheimer’s Years Before It Starts

Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC are tackling the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States—Alzheimer’s disease—with a new study that intervenes decades before the disease develops. The school is...

AI COULD HELP DIAGNOSE ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE A DECADE EARLIER THAN DOCTORS CAN

A devastating chronic neurodegenerative disease, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) currently affects around 5.5 million people in the United States alone. Causing progressive mental deterioration, it ultimately advances to impact basic bodily functions such as walking and...

How Alzheimer’s Affects Family Dynamics

When someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, family members may be unsure of how to react. It’s not uncommon for family members to become confused, shocked or upset, but it’s...

Social disconnection in people living with dementia and their carers

A survey conducted by Alzheimer’s Australia has found that both people living with dementia and their carers tend to often experience embarrassing situations and feelings of incompetency. The survey aimed to explore the community’s beliefs and...

Intermittent electrical brain stimulation improves memory

Intermittent electrical stimulation of an area deep inside the brain that degenerates in Alzheimer’s appears to improve working memory, scientists report. Conversely, continuous deep brain stimulation, like the type used for Parkinson’s...

Blood Test Seen to Identify Alzheimer’s with Accuracy

A new type of analysis allowed researchers to use a blood test to help to identify patients with Alzheimer’s in a group of people with neurodegenerative diseases, a study published in the journal...

Tips and strategies for taking Alzheimer’s patient out to a restaurant

Most caregivers are often uncomfortable or uneasy with the idea of eating out with their loved ones who may face the stigma attached to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. However, with some preplanning and a...

Moving When Young May Strengthen the Adult Brain

Being active in youth may change the inner workings of brain cells much later in life and sharpen some types of thinking, according to a remarkable new neurological study involving rats. The study...

4 Ways Science Conditions Moms To Ignore Their Health Problems, Because Gender Bias Is Real

It’s not particularly difficult to find examples of how gender bias and sexism work against women on a daily basis. We’re paid less in our jobs, for example, and while many men are involved fathers...

Women are suffering alarming new rates of anxiety and depression

Rates of anxiety and depression among Australian women are at a “concerning” high, as women nationwide fail to meet the recommended rate of weekly physical activity, a new study has found. Conducted by not-for-profit government...

Women at Risk for Alzheimer’s Face Critical 10-Year Window

Women with a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer’s disease face a 10-year window when they have far greater chances of developing the disease than men with similar genetic risks, a new analysis suggests. That window...

Why do individuals with Alzheimer’s become so isolated?

For the most part, when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. friends and family members become afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing around them so they avoid contact altogether. Socialization dwindles, and the individual becomes...

The Mindful Run

On Thursday September 14th, Women’s Brain Health Initiative’s Young Person’s Cabinet (YPC) will join up with Lululemon for The Mindful Run, a charity event in support of Women’s Brain Health Initiative. Starting in a peaceful meditation, participants...

All Signs Point to Tau Tangles as the Culprit in Fading Memory

The two hallmark pathologies of Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid plaques and tau tangles, play different roles in disease progression. Accumulating research suggests that amyloid plaques kick off the disease, precipitating the spread of tau, which then...

CSF and Brain Markers Highlight Different Facets of Dementia

While biomarkers have opened a window onto Alzheimer’s pathogenesis, the view has remained cloudy. At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 held July 16-20 in London, the number of biomarker talks was noteworthy, with nearly...

Serotonin may play important role in brain-aging

Recent findings suggested the serotonin system may be an effective target for prevention and treatment of mild cognitive impairment. “Now that we have more evidence that serotonin is a chemical that appears affected early in...

Smell test may identify Alzheimer’s risk

By the time you start losing your memory, it’s almost too late. That’s because the damage to your brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may already have been going on for as long as twenty years....

Eye scan reveals Alzheimer’s years before symptoms appear

For decades, the only way to officially diagnose Alzheimer’s disease was by analysing a patient’s brain during a postmortem. More recently, physicians have been able to use positron emission tomography scans of the brains of living people...

Signs your mom is hiding her symptoms of dementia

It can be difficult to tell the difference between persistent memory loss and so-called “senior moments,” which could be the excuse your mom leans on to blame or hide her growing cognitive deficits. Your mom’s memory problems...

The Social Media Signs That Someone Might Be Depressed

New research has found that the images on a person’s Instagram can indicate whether they’re suffering from depression. The study – published in the journal EPJ Data Science – examined 43,950 photos taken from the feeds of...

The emotional impact of a dementia diagnosis

The diagnosis of dementia is increasingly presenting doctors and patients with a psychological problem. At research centers like the University of Pennsylvania, new diagnostic science means patients can now learn that they have Alzheimer’s...

Midlife Behaviours May Affect Your Dementia Risk

Your heart health in midlife may determine your risk of developing dementia in old age, a new 25-year study suggests. Middle-aged folks who smoke or have diabetes or high blood pressure are more likely to...

The female brain is more active than the male brain

The results of the largest functional brain imaging survey ever conducted suggest female brains are more active than male brains. Scientists surveyed the results of 46,034 brain imaging studies involving single-photon emission computed tomography, or...