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Repurposed drugs may combat Alzheimer’s

Scientists at Cambridge University have helped discover that two “repurposed” drugs can reduce brain shrinkage caused by Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. Both medicines, one a licensed antidepressant and the other an anti-cancer compound,...

Too Much Sugar Linked To Reduced Memory, Brain Volume

The sugar-brain connection isn’t just a theory anymore. There’s some fairly convincing and reproducible evidence that too much sugar in the diet is linked to cognitive and brain deficits. Two new papers, both deriving...

Mental Fitness In Early Life Makes Aging Brain Healthier, More Resilient

Stimulating the brain while young, through leadership roles at work and other opportunities, may help people stay mentally healthy when they’re older, according to new research. Researchers at the University of Exeter studied how experiences...

5 Ways To Help Patients With Dementia Enjoy Life

It’s  the illness that Americans fear most — more than cancer, stroke or heart disease. The rhetoric surrounding Alzheimer’s reflects this. People “fade away” and are tragically “robbed...

Could young blood revive memory in the aging brain?

A new study hints that young blood may harbor clues to a “fountain of youth” for older brains. Researchers say blood from human umbilical cords appears to have helped reverse memory loss in aging mice....

Cutting Through the Haze – A Frank Talk about Cannabis in Canada

It was the kind of conversation that would have been unimaginable only five years ago. On the 16th floor of a gleaming office tower in the heart of Toronto’s financial district, in a meeting...

Different Risks for Amyloid, Neurodegeneration

Different factors appear to protect against amyloid deposition and neurodegeneration, the two hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease, according to an analysis from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. Aside from the known risk factors of...

Difficulty in Identifying Subtle Image Differences May Hint at Future Likelihood of Alzheimer’s

People who have trouble detecting details in a test with figures may be at increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease later in life, according to a new study. This finding suggests that subtle changes in...

Girls with low IQs ‘at higher risk of developing dementia later’

A pioneering study of 35,000 Scots has found that pre-adolescent girls with low IQs are more likely to develop dementia than girls of higher intelligence. Scientists behind the research — the first to...

Alzheimer’s Red Flag or False Alarm?

When it comes to the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease, there are certain signs nobody wants to recognize. On the other hand, older and not-so-old adults may overreact to routine mental slips that can happen to...

Dance Lessons Could Keep You Two Steps Ahead of Memory Loss

Kicking up your heels in a dance class may actually be good for your brain’s memory function, according to a newly published study. Dance lessons, in particular — perhaps because they incorporate exercise, social interaction...

A Healthy Middle-Aged Heart May Protect Your Brain Later

Healthy aging of the brain relies on the health of your heart and blood vessels when you’re younger, a new study reports. People with risk factors for heart disease and stroke in middle age are...

Yoga Helps Preserve Muscle Mass in Older Women

A new study by the University of Connecticut finds that practicing yoga may improve protein utilization among older women, and lead to the maintenance of muscle at a time in life when muscle loss is common. The study, forthcoming...

Trauma and stress in teen years increases risk of depression during menopause

Although depression is common during a woman’s transition to menopause, understanding who is at-risk of experiencing major depressive disorder (MDD) during this period of hormonal fluctuation were previously unknown. Now, a new study shows that women who...

UP IN SMOKE – Marijuana -The Good, The Bad & The Uncertain

Join Women’s Brain Health Initiative for an enlightening panel discussion on the implications of legalizing marijuana, and listen to the experts describe the medical, legal, investor, political and business perspectives. WITH EMCEE Will Stewart Managing Principal at Navigator...

Why gender is a crucial — but overlooked — factor in heart disease

In most European countries, women with myocardial infarction come much later to emergency departments than men. Once in the hospital, they are diagnosed later than men. Diagnosis does not always lead to a positive result,...

Understanding differences in occurrences of mental health disorders

U of T’s Dr. Einstein studies why women have higher incidences of dementia and depression. Dementia is a general term used to describe the impairment of a minimum of two brain functions, including memory...

Possible drawback of Alzheimer’s medication

A UCLA researcher has found that one of the most commonly prescribed medications for Alzheimer’s disease may accelerate the cognitive decline of patients who carry a genetic variation. Sophie Sokolow, an associate professor at...

High blood sugar can also lead to Alzheimer’s

When you think of high blood sugar, you probably automatically associate it with obesity and diabetes. But according to a new study published in Scientific Reports, it can also lead to Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative...

Caregiving and Women

The responsibilities of caring for someone with dementia often fall to women. Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women. More specifically, over one-third of dementia caregivers are daughters. It is more common for wives to provide informal care...

New images of early stage Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have used the MAX IV synchrotron in Lund – the strongest of its kind in the world – to produce images that predate the formation of toxic clumps of beta-amyloid, the...

HIV-Associated Dementia

Dementia is a term commonly used to describe symptoms negatively affecting memory and thinking. There are many possible causes of dementia, including some reversible ones, depending on what is causing the brain injury...

Opioid pain medication works differently on women than men

A female brain’s resident immune cells are more active in regions involved in pain processing relative to males, according to a recent study by Georgia State University researchers. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found...

GILLIAN EINSTEIN LEADS RESEARCH IN WOMEN’S BRAIN HEALTH WITH INAUGURAL WILFRED AND JOYCE POSLUNS CHAIR

Why is the incidence of depression, stroke, dementia and Alzheimer’s significantly higher in women than men? Women’s health — and women’s brain health in particular — is something “distinct in itself,” says University...