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Mind the Gap

Approximately two-thirds of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are women. However, research into sex and gender differences in AD is astonishingly limited. Because the greatest risk factor for dementia is age, the discrepancy between...

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...

Dazed & Confused

It is common for women to experience cognitive difficulties, sometimes referred to as “brain fog,” as they go through the menopause transition. They might be forgetful, or have trouble concentrating or thinking clearly. In one...

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...

Adopting a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the risk of dementia

People can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according...

Past the Call of Duty

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and depression have been associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, either each on its own or in combination with one another. This is of particular...

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.

Half Full

Are you a glass half-empty or glass half-full kind of person? Your answer to this question – which reflects your tendency to be either an optimist (half full) or a pessimist (half empty) – not...

In the Palm of Your Hand

risk genes and deterministic genes. Risk genes increase the likelihood of developing the disease, but do not guarantee that...

Under Pressure; Millennials – The Most Stressed Demographic

It was a delicious antidote to a brutally cold winter night in downtown Toronto. A roomful of millennials (those born between the years 1984 and 2000) gathered to hear about fine food and healthy eating...

Hot & Bothered

At midlife – roughly mid-forties to mid- sixties – many women juggle responsibilities at work (during the peak years of their careers) and at home (sometimes caring for both children and aging parents). At the...

Morning Exercise May Improve Decision-Making During the Day

Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise in the morning improves cognitive functions associated with better decision-making for the rest of the day, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Western Australia. “Sedentary...

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...

MIND OVER MATTER 8

Thanks to the ongoing support of Brain Canada, Margaret Nightingale, Sylvia Soyka and William Moir, WBHI’s newest edition of MIND OVER MATTER has just been published. Loaded with interesting science-based articles, MIND OVER MATTER brings you the latest...

Talking With Your Loved One About Memory Lapses

For the third time this week, your mom is fixated on finding the doily she sold at the garage sale five years ago. You think, “Maybe it’s time to talk with an aging specialist.” It’s time, according...

WHY ARE SO MANY WOMEN REJECTING MEDICAL SCIENCE?

Snake oil is having a renaissance. And while it’s true that for hundreds of years dubious salesmen have been riding into town on their covered wagons with mysterious concoctions claiming they have miracle cures for...

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...

Knowing when it’s time to take control of your parents’ finances

Telling an elderly parent that they need to stop driving and taking away their car keys is one of the most difficult things adult children have to do. But there is something that can be...

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...

Predicting If Your Memory Loss Will Be Alzheimer’s

In our twenties, we find it hilarious when we can’t remember our neighbor’s cat’s name or that adorable actor who starred in that movie—whatever it was called. In our thirties, we jokingly call it...

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....

5-minute breathing ‘workout’ may benefit your brain and your heart

An ultra time-efficient exercise may lower your blood pressure and boost brain function. A five-minute workout called Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training (IMST) lowers blood pressure in middle-aged to older adults; it also improves artery function and scores...

Calcium supplements may pose dementia risk to some women

As women age, they have to be sure to get enough calcium or their bones could suffer. Many doctors will prescribe calcium supplements to women at elevated risk for osteoporosis; risk factors can include...