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Blood test identifies key Alzheimer’s marker

A new study led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that measures of amyloid beta in the blood have the potential to help identify people with altered levels of...

Want A Younger Brain? Just Take The Stairs

It’s no secret that if you want to keep your mind sharp, it’s worth making some time to workout. Yes, exercise won’t only give you a sexy body. It’ll help get you a sexy brain as well....

Nine lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk

One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack...

Estrogen levels linked to depression risk in women

  Depression is a constant sadness affecting our activity level, behavior, thoughts, feelings, and sense of well-being. Those affected often feel empty and worthless, which could lead to erratic behavior or even suicide. There are numerous...

Healthy Heart in Your 20s Makes for a Better Brain in Your 40s

Folks with heart-healthy habits in their 20s tend to have larger, healthier brains in their 40s — brains that may be better prepared to withstand the ravages of aging, a new study reports. Twentysomethings who...

Risk Tool Helps Discern When Complaints about Memory Matter

A biomarker-based personalized risk estimate may help predict which patients with subjective cognitive decline (SCD) will progress to dementia, Dutch researchers reported here. A model that takes into account age, Mini Mental State Exam...

Second Thoughts About Memory Complaints

They were once dismissed as anxieties of the “worried well” — but now that subjective memory complaints may be a valuable tool for recruiting patients into disease-modifying drug trials, researchers are beginning to pay...

Adding Pounds in Adulthood Ups Major Health Risks

Gaining a small amount of weight each year during early and middle adulthood can add up to major health risks later in life, a large cohort study found. From early adulthood to age 55,...

Hearing and language problems could be forerunners of cognitive decline

Scientists have traced the roots of dementia back to midlife, a time when hearing loss and changes in speech patterns may signal the onset of cognitive decline. In research presented Monday at the Alzheimer’s...

The role of diet in healthy brain aging and dementia risk

Four studies being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2017 are highlighting the potential benefits of certain diets and how they can support healthy brain ageing and help to reduce dementia risk. There is a body...

Underutilization Of Brain Amyloid Scans Drives Cost & Hurts Alzheimer’s Care

Research reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017 in London highlighted the clinical value of amyloid-β PET scans, which detect the presence of amyloid-beta plaques in the brain – one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s...

Stressful Life Experiences Age the Brain by Four Years

A series of studies reported at the 2017 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC 2017) in London confirm racial inequities in numbers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias – even after age 90 – and also...

Women and men may have different bipolar disorder biomarkers

Men and women react differently to compounds associated with immune system response to bipolar disorder, according to an international team of medical researchers. The findings suggest that bipolar disorder could one day be diagnosed by measuring biological...

Sexual Activity May Keep You Younger And Healthier

Sexual intimacy in women has been linked with longer telomeres — a trait associated with slower cellular aging, improved overall health, and even increased lifespan. The finding adds to a growing body of research on the importance of regular...

Missing Link Identified Between Immune Cells and Alzheimer’s

Immune cells called perivascular macrophages (green) are observed in close contact with blood vessels in the brain (red). When activated by plaque deposits from the peptide amyloid-beta, which are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, perivascular macrophages...

Poor quality sleep could increase Alzheimer’s risk

Prolonged periods of poor sleep increase levels of proteins involved in Alzheimer’s disease, research suggests, although quality, not quantity, of sleep is at the root of the issue. While previous research has revealed that...

11 Signs It Might Be Time for Assisted Living

The decision to help an aging adult move out of a current home is a complex one — both emotionally and practically. Above all, you want the person to be safe and well. How...

Tips and strategies in communicating with someone with Alzheimer’s

Those with Alzheimer’s disease experience changes in the way they communicate with others. The disease diminishes the individual’s ability to communicate and to understand others. The affected individual also has trouble expressing thoughts and emotions. There are...

Delaying the effects of aging through safe hormonal therapy

A group of researchers from diverse Spanish public entities, including UPM, has developed the bases of a new model to better classify patients when it comes to prescribing anabolic hormone supplementation. A female researcher from Faculty of...

Possible Treatment for Hot Flashes Discovered

Hot flashes are part of almost every woman’s life. Often humorously referred to, they are a common feeling among menopausal women, but that does not mean that they are pleasant. Intense heat, sweating and...

Why does it seem like nobody cares about female concussions?

Every 4 years or so, some of the world’s most prominent scientists gather to synthesize and summarize the latest in brain-injury research. Since first meeting in 2001, the assemblage, called the Concussion in Sport Group,...

TBI in middle age may raise dementia risk

According to a study encompassing the entire Finnish population, traumatic brain injury associated with an increased risk for dementia in working-age adults. Yet, no such relationship was found between traumatic brain injury and later onset of Parkinson’s...

Landmark Study Solves Structure of Dementia Protein

Researchers from the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK, have solved the structure of the dementia-causing ‘tau’ protein in unprecedented detail. Using brain tissue from a deceased 74-year-old Alzheimer’s patient, researchers...

A new way to think about dementia and sex

Persons living with dementia don’t have sex. Or they have weird sex. Or they have dangerous sex, in need of containment. When it comes to dementia and sexuality, negative language and apocalyptic...