Dementia News

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7/14/2014
Could a Simple Smell Test Help Spot Alzheimer's Early?

Study found weakened sense of smell associated with dementia risk, but more research needed

6/23/2014
Lifetime of Learning Might Thwart Dementia, Study Suggests

Even taking up intellectual pursuits in mid-life appears to aid the brain

5/30/2014
Schizophrenia May Raise Dementia Risk in Older Adults

Researchers find chances double for those with the mental illness, but their rates of cancer are lower

5/28/2014
Cynics at Higher Risk for Dementia? Yea, Right

Study suggests they may be three times more likely to develop brain disease than more trusting folks

4/23/2014
Seniors Who Suffer Mental Declines May Face Earlier Death: Study

Those with memory loss fared better than those who showed deficits in thinking abilities

4/16/2014
Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study

But the findings only show an association; they don't prove cause and effect, experts say

4/9/2014
A Failing Mind May Mean Lower Cancer Death Risk, Study Suggests

But scientists aren't sure why dementia seems linked to fewer malignancies

4/9/2014
Aerobic Exercise May Help Older Women at Risk for Dementia

Small study suggests regular walking increases hippocampus area of brain

3/31/2014
More Research Links Poor Heart Health With Alzheimer's Risk

Brain plaque builds up as arteries stiffen, study suggests

3/26/2014
Jury Still Out on Routine Dementia Screening for Seniors

Panel says benefits unproven, but Alzheimer's experts say early detection is important

3/19/2014
Diabetes in Middle Age May Cause Memory Problems Later

Study also found that high blood pressure has similar impact

3/19/2014
Alzheimer's Strikes Women Harder Than Men: Report

And those over 60 twice as likely to get the brain disease than breast cancer

3/17/2014
Lower IQ, Worse Heart Fitness in Teens Linked to Risk of Early Dementia in Men

Swedish researchers followed a million men for more than 40 years

3/10/2014
'Senior Moments' Don't Seem to Lead to Dementia for Most

Study reassuring for people with 'mild cognitive impairment,' experts say

3/10/2014
Blood Test May Have Power to Predict Alzheimer's

Scientists who tested seniors say the results detected almost all of those who would develop problems

3/5/2014
Poor Fitness in Middle Age Tied to Higher Risk of Dementia

Change factors like exercise while you can, Finnish researchers advise

3/5/2014
Twins Study May Give Some Insight Into Alzheimer's

Research suggests genes play key role in each person's susceptibility to the disease

2/13/2014
Could Infections Harm Memory in Older Adults?

Early study found connection between exposure to microbes, poorer scores on mental-ability tests

2/12/2014
Having 2 Parents With Alzheimer's May Raise Risk of Early Brain Changes

Small study found these people had more beta-amyloid deposits, less gray matter

1/29/2014
High Estrogen Levels Plus Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk

Study of older women found having more of hormone from fat tissue after age 65 unwise

1/28/2014
Hearing Loss Tied to Faster Brain Shrinkage With Age

Follow-up studies needed to show whether treating hearing problems could delay mental decline, experts say

1/24/2014
My Father's Keeper: Caring for a Parent With Dementia

With no training and no pay, an army of informal caregivers provides a billion dollar service

1/23/2014
For Seniors With Dementia, the Choice to Live Alone Can Be a Risky One

Study identifies safety issues, lack of social activities and health care

1/22/2014
2 Alzheimer's Drugs Found Ineffective in Clinical Trials

Dashing hopes, bapineuzumab and solanezumab did not improve patients' ability to think or perform daily activities

12/30/2013
Underactive Thyroid Not Linked to Memory Problems

New findings contradict previous research suggesting that poor thyroid function might be tied to dementia

12/27/2013
Portable Bed Rails Can Pose Safety Hazard, FDA Says

Agency explains how to reduce potential for falling or being trapped

12/18/2013
Dementia Risk Might Rise for Older Women With Heart Disease

Study found 29 percent higher odds of mental decline compared to women with healthy hearts

12/5/2013
135 Million People Worldwide Will Have Dementia by 2050: Report

More aggressive research, social support systems needed, experts say

11/24/2013
Keeping Holidays Happy When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's

Expert advice on including family members and managing caregiver stress

11/15/2013
No Connection Seen Between Dementia, Common Eye Disease

But Alzheimer's patients in study were less likely to seek treatment for age-related macular degeneration

11/6/2013
Speaking Two Languages May Delay Dementia Symptoms

Study of case records found it staved off signs of the disease by more than four years

11/6/2013
Jury Still Out on Routine Mental Tests for Seniors, Panel Says

Until dementia treatments improve, there's no point, some experts say

11/4/2013
J&J to Pay $2 Billion for Improperly Marketing Antipsychotic Drug

Settlement will cover criminal, civil charges with U.S. government, 45 states

10/25/2013
Good News for Caregivers: You May Live Longer

Study found 9-month survival advantage for family members helping ill or disabled relatives

10/16/2013
Link Seen Between Hardening of Arteries, Alzheimer's Plaques

Study of patients in their 80s looked at plaque deposits in their brains

10/1/2013
Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After All

But even with new study, jury's still out on safety of cholesterol-lowering drugs

10/1/2013
Stressful Middle Age Tied to Higher Alzheimer's Risk in Women

Swedish study looked at effect of issues such as divorce, job strain over nearly 4 decades

9/20/2013
Parkinson's Patients at Genetic Risk for Dementia Might Be Identified Sooner

Levels of specific kinds of fat tied to mutation can be measured in blood, study finds

9/20/2013
Overlooked Delirium Worsens Hospital Course for People With Dementia

Study found these patients declined mentally and physically

9/19/2013
Alzheimer's 'Epidemic' Straining Caregiver, Community Resources: Report

Worldwide situation calls for comprehensive changes, authors say

9/18/2013
Fluorescent Scans May Have Potential to Track Alzheimer's Progression

Doctors would gain ability to monitor ongoing brain changes, study suggests

9/12/2013
Alzheimer's May Vary, Brain to Brain

Differences in signs, symptoms could be related to 'beta-amyloid fibrils' responsible for plaque, study hints

9/5/2013
Mediterranean Diet May Be Good for the Brain

Review looked at effects of eating plenty of olive oil, vegetables, fruit and fish

8/27/2013
U.S. Nursing Homes Reducing Use of Antipsychotic Drugs

Program tackling over-prescription to dementia patients is working, government data suggest

8/20/2013
Simple Test May Spot Dementia Risk in Seniors With Diabetes

Scoring system based on risk factors predicted who would develop brain disease a decade later

8/14/2013
Depression in Diabetes Patients Linked to Dementia, Study Finds

Researchers say type 2 disease with depression associated with greater mental declines

8/13/2013
Many Risk Factors for Early Dementia Can Show Up in Teens

Alcohol abuse topped the list in large study of Swedish men

8/12/2013
Famous Face Test May Spot Early Dementia

Researchers say inability to name icons like Einstein or Elvis might signal primary progressive aphasia

8/7/2013
High Blood Sugar Levels Tied to Small Increases in Dementia Risk

Elevated blood glucose may harm the brain, even in people without diabetes, researchers say

8/7/2013
Could Hot Cocoa Improve Brainpower in Seniors?

Small early study hints it might help, but author says it's too soon to recommend nightly cup