Dementia News

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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

7/29/2013
Diabetes Doesn't Seem to Affect Alzheimer's Disease Progression

Study looked at seniors' blood sugar tests along with their brain scans

7/26/2013
Common Blood Pressure Drugs May Help Slow Dementia

Larger message: Better cardiovascular health benefits the brain, expert says

7/17/2013
Memory Worries May Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's

Although studies didn't prove connection, expert says concerns are worth mentioning to a doctor

7/17/2013
No Benefit to Community-Wide Dementia Screening: Review

But worrisome symptoms could merit a visit to the doctor, experts say

7/16/2013
Scientists Detail Alzheimer's Progression, Step by Step

As researchers learn more, therapy might someday address brain changes much sooner

7/15/2013
Diabetes Drug May Protect the Brain

Study found patients taking metformin were 20 percent less likely to develop dementia

7/15/2013
Putting Off Retirement May Help Stave Off Alzheimer's

Study looked at self-employed workers in France

7/15/2013
2 New Alzheimer's Drugs Show Promise in Early Studies

Experts caution that expectations are low in field littered with drug failures

7/3/2013
Lifelong Reading, Hobbies Might Help Stave Off Dementia

Stimulating activities may encourage brain to adapt and create 'work-arounds,' study suggests

7/1/2013
New Tick-Borne Illness May Be Misdiagnosed

Case reports look at 2 older patients with Borrelia miyamotoi infection

6/17/2013
Saturated Fat May Make the Brain Vulnerable to Alzheimer's

Researchers say a small, new study shows that fat cut the body's level of a chemical that keeps Alzheimer's at bay

6/12/2013
Scientists Find New Clues to Early Onset Alzheimer's

Too much plaque-building protein produced in people with certain genes, study finds

6/10/2013
Study: Low Blood Pressure May Weaken Brains of Some Heart Patients

Pressure that's too low -- or too high -- might damage brain cells, new research suggests

6/10/2013
Low Blood Sugar May Raise Dementia Risk in Diabetics: Study

Overly aggressive glucose control might backfire in older patients, findings suggest

5/15/2013
Some Types of Skin Cancer Linked to Lower Chances of Alzheimer's

A weak immune response might allow skin cancer but protect brain from inflammation, expert suggests

5/9/2013
Many Seniors Suffer Mental Decline in Silence: CDC

While 1 in 8 has memory problems and confusion, too few seek help

5/1/2013
General Anesthesia Not Linked to Raised Risk for Dementia

No long-term mental changes associated with the procedure in older surgical patients, study says

4/29/2013
Mediterranean Diet Might Help Stave Off Dementia

Large study showed better retention of mental skills in seniors who had followed it

4/17/2013
Brain Changes Seen in Relatives of People With Alzheimer's

Study finding doesn't mean you'll get the disease if family members have it, experts stress

4/15/2013
Exercise May Help People With Alzheimer's Avoid Nursing Homes

Study finds regular activity delays physical decline, reduces falls

4/15/2013
Mental Exercise May Help Keep Seniors Sharp

Even solving puzzles might stave off decline and memory loss, study hints

4/11/2013
Newly Created Rats Designed to Speed Alzheimer's Research

The genetically engineered rodents more closely mimic the disease found in humans, scientists say

4/9/2013
Gene May Double Risk of Alzheimer's in Blacks

But expert says actual increase is 'modest' and many other factors contribute to disease

4/3/2013
U.S. Spends More on Dementia Care Than Heart Disease or Cancer: Study

Annual bill now tops $200 billion, largely for long-term care, researchers say

4/1/2013
Heart Risks May Also Point to Dementia Risk

Study looked at factors like blood pressure and cholesterol levels

3/25/2013
Could Herpes Virus Affect Memory in Older Adults?

Chronic infection with cold sores may affect thinking, especially in sedentary folks, study suggests

3/25/2013
Early Thinking Problems May Signal Future Dementia in Parkinson's Patients

But predictive value of finding still needs to be proved, expert says

3/21/2013
Acting Out Dreams During Sleep May Signal Dementia

Small study connects REM sleep behavior disorder with 'Lewy bodies' in brain

3/19/2013
A Third of U.S. Seniors Die With Dementia, Study Finds

Report tallies enormous medical, financial and caregiver toll of conditions like Alzheimer's

2/18/2013
Damage to Tiny Blood Vessels in Brain May Raise Alzheimer's Risk

Finding could point to new targets for treatment, prevention

2/4/2013
Exercising at Midlife May Stave Off Dementia Down the Road

Working out in your 40s could pay off in your 70s and beyond, study suggests

1/28/2013
PET Scans Helpful, But Not Definitive for Alzheimer's Diagnosis

New guidelines address which patients might benefit from imaging test for brain plaque

1/16/2013
Deer Ticks Carry Yet Another Bacterial Threat

Lyme disease is better known, but a different germ causes an infection that may lead to dementia

1/14/2013
U.S. Launches Extensive Alzheimer's Studies

5-year, $55 million effort will look at exercise, drug treatment as therapies for early disease

1/7/2013
Common Blood Pressure Drugs Might Lower Dementia Risk

Older men on beta blockers were less likely to have brain abnormalities in study

1/7/2013
Brain Changes Found in Small Study of Former NFL Players

White matter damage could be at the root of mental deficits among retired players, researcher says

12/11/2012
Loneliness May Boost Odds of Dementia

Lack of social support also raises risk of memory decline, study finds

11/28/2012
Long-Term Use of Some Antipsychotics Not Warranted in Older Adults: Study

It found the drugs had serious side effects, didn't help patients after several months

11/26/2012
Alzheimer's May Progress Differently in Women, Men

Study found variations in brain matter loss, early mental decline