Dementia News

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11/14/2012
Scientists ID Gene Mutation That May Triple Alzheimer's Risk

About 1 percent of people have 'TREM2' mutation, researcher says

11/9/2012
Doctors Often Misinterpret Patients' Wishes, Study Says

Such 'preference misdiagnosis' can lead to costly, unwanted treatments

11/6/2012
Alzheimer's Signs Found in Brains of Young Adults With Gene Mutation

Small study of rare form of disease included people aged 18 to 26

11/1/2012
Physical Activity in Old Age May Protect Brain

Dementia risk cut in those who walked, biked or did other exercise regularly, study says

10/24/2012
Short-Term, Early HRT May Cut Women's Alzheimer's Risk: Study

But U.S. experts do not recommend the therapy for disease prevention

10/24/2012
Frailty Linked to Dementia in Oldest Adults

Study participants were at least 90 years old

10/22/2012
Exercise May Beat Socializing at Staving Off Brain Shrinkage

Study also found physical activity more protective than mental stimulation

10/18/2012
Some With Alzheimer's Better Off Staying on Antipsychotics: Study

Agitation, aggression more likely to return in those who stopped taking Risperdal, research shows

10/4/2012
Aspirin May Help Preserve Brain Function in Older Women With Heart Disease

Swedish study found less decline in thinking ability for those on daily dose

9/25/2012
Misdiagnosis Common for Rare Brain Disease: Study

Fatal 'sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease' is often mistaken for other degenerative conditions

9/11/2012
Some Blood Pressure Drugs Might Help Slow Alzheimer's: Study

Fewer telltale brain plaques found in patients on angiotensin receptor blockers

9/4/2012
Seniors' Creativity Can Thrive Despite Dementia

Programs seek to inspire artistry, reduce isolation in these older adults

9/4/2012
Even 'High-Normal' Blood Sugar Tied to Brain Shrinkage

Scans show memory, thinking regions shrank in those at high end of 'normal' range; more study needed

8/29/2012
Discovery May Improve Diagnosis of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's

Markers in cerebrospinal fluid might help distinguish different forms of neurological disease, study finds

8/20/2012
Obesity in Middle Age Tied to More Rapid Mental Decline: Study

'Fat and fit' concept may not apply to brain function, research suggests

8/13/2012
Could Chocolate's Antioxidants Boost Brain Function?

In small study, a flavanol-rich cocoa drink seemed to have an effect, but one expert is unconvinced

7/18/2012
Home-Based Care Teams Offer Help for Those With Dementia

Coordinated effort boosts quality of life, delays need for nursing home, study finds

7/17/2012
Alzheimer's Treatment Shows Promise in Small, 3-Year Trial

However, findings on immune-based drug therapy are preliminary, experts say

7/10/2012
Aging Boomers' Mental Health Woes Will Swamp Health System: Report

U.S. not equipped to handle growing number of seniors with mental health, substance use issues, researchers say

7/10/2012
Nutrient Drink Might Boost Memory in Early Alzheimer's: Study

But mixture wouldn't have to meet same strict FDA approval as drugs, expert says

6/27/2012
Smoking, Pesticides Might Spur Rare 'Sleep-Kicking' Disorder

Having disorder may raise risk of Parkinson's, dementia, researcher adds

6/20/2012
'Absentminded' Errors Common in Older Adults: Study

Researchers want to pinpoint how seniors change their lives to avoid such mistakes

6/19/2012
Hospitalization May Be 'Tipping Point' for Alzheimer's Decline

Study also found delirium added to risk of mental deterioration, even death

6/14/2012
Seniors' Attitude on Age May Affect Dementia Test Results: Study

Health professionals should account for self-perception before making a diagnosis, researchers say

6/12/2012
Alzheimer's-Linked Gene May Have More Effect on Women

Study looked at common gene variant and brain disruption

5/14/2012
For Dementia Patients, Feeding Tubes May Increase Bed Sores

Findings challenge long-standing beliefs, researchers say

5/11/2012
Older People With Dementia Cared for Mostly at Home

Study challenges assumption that most patients die in nursing homes

3/28/2012
Antipsychotic Drugs Might Raise Heart Attack Risk: Study

Researchers saw a 'modest' increase, which decreased over time

3/21/2012
Brain Scans Suggest How Alzheimer's Spreads

Finding shows disease moves through linked nerve cells

3/8/2012
Alzheimer's, Dementia Care to Cost U.S. $200 Billion This Year

Alzheimer's Association projects continued increases in payments as baby boomers age

2/29/2012
Selenium Supplements May Help -- or Harm

Too much or too little of the mineral can hurt your health, evidence review finds

2/27/2012
Irregular Heartbeat May Predict Mental Decline in Some

Abnormal heart rhythm linked to brain function problems in heart disease patients, study finds

2/14/2012
Brain Scans May One Day Be Used to Predict Dementia

Scientists also might be able to test effectiveness of Alzheimer's meds by tracking brain changes

2/13/2012
Smog May Harm Women's Brains: Study

The more air pollution they were exposed to, the greater their mental decline

2/13/2012
Exercise a Defense Against Dementia: Study

Odds of dying from brain deterioration were less for physically fit individuals

2/13/2012
Screening by Primary-Care Doctors May Spot Dementia

Findings run counter to current recommendations, which advise against routine mental checks

2/13/2012
Overeating May Double Risk of Memory Loss: Study

Too many calories could lead to early signs of Alzheimer's, preliminary research suggests

2/1/2012
Alzheimer's-Linked Brain Plaques May Affect Memory in Healthy People

Research could lead to better understanding of the origins of Alzheimer's

1/30/2012
Pets Help Women Cope With HIV/AIDS

Small study also found being a mother, worker, advocate made a difference, as did faith

1/25/2012
Men at Higher Risk for Mental Decline That Precedes Alzheimer's

Odds worst for people without college education, study finds

1/19/2012
Stroke Patients With Delirium Have Worse Prognosis

Study found longer hospitalizations, greater risk of death

1/19/2012
Antidepressants Might Raise Fall Risk in Nursing Homes

Residents with dementia taking so-called SSRIs seem to be at higher risk of injury, study suggests

1/10/2012
Dementia May Lead to Avoidable Hospitalizations

Two-thirds of admissions in these patients are for preventable illnesses, study finds

1/9/2012
Exercise May Help Those at Higher Risk for Alzheimer's: Study

Sedentary people with gene variation had more brain changes

1/6/2012
Mental Decline Can Start at 45, Study Finds

Early lapses in memory, reasoning may signal dementia later in life, researchers say

1/4/2012
Race, Gender, Dementia May Affect Parkinson's Survival

Large study found higher death risk among men

1/3/2012
Insulin-Linked Hormone May Also Raise Alzheimer's Risk

In surprise finding, women who had higher levels of adiponectin were more likely to develop dementia

12/28/2011
Vitamins, Omega-3s May Keep Brain From Shrinking: Study

Healthy seniors with higher levels of certain nutrients did better on thinking tests, researchers say

12/21/2011
Thinner Brains Could Signal Alzheimer's, Study Suggests

But medical value of screening isn't obvious yet

11/30/2011
Scans May Discern Between Two Types of Dementia

Alzheimer's and frontotemporal lobar degeneration can can be difficult to tell apart, researchers report