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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...

New communication technique helps people with dementia

People with advanced dementia could be helped to interact through a non-verbal communication technique known as ‘Adaptive Interaction’, researchers at the University of St Andrews have discovered. In the latter stages of dementia, those living with the condition...

Can Brain Bacteria Contribute to Alzheimer’s?

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease may have more bacteria — and different types — in their brains, compared to the general population, according to results of a new study. These findings support that...

Cardiovascular Factors May Up Risk for Alzheimer’s

In a new study, researchers have discovered a link between mild cognitive impairment, elevated cardiovascular risk factors, and Alzheimer’s disease. Advances have been made toward determining the probability of developing dementia as scientists have...

Patient Engagement in Alzheimer’s & Mild Cognitive Impairment Clinical Trials

Considering the large number of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), you might expect fast enrollment into clinical trials. The reality is quite different. Sponsors of clinical trials face several...

What Does It Feel Like to Develop Alzheimer’s

Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you’re there? You probably have. Most of us have at one time or another. But what if, instead of this happening every...

Women show cognitive advantage in gender-equal countries

Women’s cognitive functioning past middle age may be affected by the degree of gender equality in the country they live in, according to new findings from Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “This...

Stop telling me to take care of myself

Self care — it’s easier said than done. We’re always being told we should take better care of ourselves, but we rarely get the help we need to actually do that. Here’s how...

Walnuts may promote health by changing gut bacteria

Research led by Lauri Byerley, PhD, RD, Research Associate Professor of Physiology at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, has found that walnuts in the diet change the makeup of bacteria in the gut, which suggests...

Data Mining Strategy Shows Promise in Alzheimer’s Treatment

The push to develop treatments for Alzheimer’s disease has been a promising and disappointing endeavor over the past two decades, yielding a greater understanding of the disease yet still failing to generate successful...

Cell Death Mechanism Involved in Other Diseases Plays Role in Development of Alzheimer’s

A cell death mechanism linked to neuron loss in ALS and stroke also plays a role in neuron loss in Alzheimer’s, a study reports. The insight could lead to ways to stop neuron death...

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...