Dementia News

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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

11/21/2011
Could Weight Loss Be Early Sign of Alzheimer's?

If confirmed, findings eventually could help in diagnosing condition

10/31/2011
Dementia May Impede Stroke Recovery

Lasting disability more common for those with previous mental decline, study finds

10/28/2011
Some People With Alzheimer's Take Conflicting Drugs

Common medications might block action of dementia drugs like Aricept

9/30/2011
Laughter Might Be Good Medicine for Alzheimer's Patients

Humor therapy eased agitation as much as drugs, without the side effects, in Australian study

9/28/2011
End-Stage Alzheimer's Patients Often Hospitalized Unnecessarily

About 20 percent face potentially avoidable, 'burdensome transitions' at end of life, study finds

9/21/2011
Scientists Discover Key Gene Mutation Behind Lou Gehrig's Disease

The same gene variant also plays role in common form of dementia, researchers say

9/13/2011
Many Alzheimer's Cases Go Unrecognized: Report

Late diagnosis hinders even the limited treatments available, experts say

9/6/2011
Routine Chores Might Help Keep Dementia at Bay

Study found seniors who expended most energy on daily duties less likely to have mental declines

8/16/2011
Moderate Drinking May Help Prevent Alzheimer's, Other Dementia

Lower risk of brain impairment seen in those who enjoy alcohol, but don't overdo it, review finds

8/9/2011
Sleep Apnea Could Up Risk of Dementia In Elderly Women

Odds of cognitive impairment 85 percent higher, study finds

7/13/2011
Mobile Sensors Track Health of Elderly in Pilot Test

Small study found the technology useful for monitoring behavior, physical health