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Latest Research : Aging : Dementia
  Last Updated: Nov 2, 2013 - 11:52:55 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Simple lifestyle changes can prevent Alzheimer's
Over half of all Alzheimer's disease cases can be prevented through lifestyle changes and treatment or prevention of chronic medical conditions.
Jul 20, 2011 - 4:57:28 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Falls- an early sign of Alzheimer's Disease
Falls and balance problems may be early indicators of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report July 17, 2011, at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in Paris.

Jul 19, 2011 - 5:33:11 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Excess copper, iron linked with Alzheimer's
Washington, May 22 - The exact causes of neuro-degenerative disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease are unknown, but scientists say excess of copper and iron in the human brain may be one of the influencing factors.
May 22, 2011 - 11:49:40 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Depression increases risk of Alzheimer's disease
Washington, April 8 - Depressed people are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than those with a more positive outlook to life, says a new study.

Apr 8, 2008 - 9:38:07 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
One third of risk for dementia attributable to small vessel disease, autopsy study shows
Alzheimer's disease may be what most people fear as they grow older, but autopsy data from a long-range study of 3,400 men and women in the Seattle region found that the brains of a third of those who had become demented before death showed evidence of small vessel damage: the type of small, cumulative injury that can come from hypertension or diabetes.

Apr 6, 2008 - 4:00:00 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia
Time and Money Constraints; other barriers hinder care for dementia
Built-in limitations of the health-care system in the United States, such as time and reimbursement constraints, inhibit the ability of primary care doctors to best meet the needs of dementia patients and their families, according to a new study by researchers at UC Davis Health System.
In a study now available in the online edition of the Journal of the Society of General Internal Medicine, the researchers found that physicians often feel challenged in caring for dementia patients, especially those who are more behaviorally complex. Constraints that are intrinsic to the contemporary practice of medicine may lead to the delayed detection of behavioral problems, a reactive as opposed to proactive management of dementia, and an increased reliance on treatment with drugs instead of psychosocial approaches.

Oct 11, 2007 - 2:49:02 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Omega-3 supplements affect Alzheimer's symptoms
Omega-3 supplements can, in certain cases, help combat the depression and agitation symptoms associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to a clinical study conducted at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet.
Jun 22, 2007 - 4:00:00 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Beta-secretase (BACE) can Disrupt Brain's Neural Activity in the Alzheimer's
An enzyme involved in the formation of the amyloid-beta protein associated with Alzheimer's disease can also alter the mechanism by which signals are transmitted between brain cells, the disruption of which can cause seizures. These findings from researchers at the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders (MGH-MIND) may explain the increased incidence of seizures in Alzheimer's patients and suggest that potential treatments that block this enzyme called beta-secretase or BACE may alleviate their occurrence.
Jun 19, 2007 - 4:00:00 PM

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Nursing home placement associated with accelerated cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease
People with Alzheimer's disease experience an acceleration in the rate of cognitive decline after being placed in a nursing home according to a new study by Rush University Medical Center. The study, published in the June issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, finds that prior experience in adult day care may lessen this association.
Jun 4, 2007 - 4:00:00 PM

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A drink a day may delay dementia
ST. PAUL, Minn -- In people with mild cognitive impairment, up to one drink of alcohol a day may slow their progression to dementia, according to a study published in the May 22, 2007, issue of Neurology�, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Mild cognitive impairment is a transitional stage between normal aging and dementia that is used to classify people with mild memory or cognitive problems and no significant disability.
May 24, 2007 - 4:00:00 AM

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Alzheimer's weight gain initiative also improved patients' intellectual abilities
Swedish researchers have found a way to increase the weight of people with Alzheimer's, by improving communication and patient involvement, altering meal routines and providing a more homely eating environment

May 15, 2007 - 7:10:55 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
New therapeutic targets for neurodegenerative diseases
The focus of work in the Neurosciences Department’s Neurobiology Laboratory at the University of the Basque Country’s Faculty of Medicine and Odontology is the investigation of the molecular and cellular bases of neurodegenerative illnesses – those that affect the brain and the spinal cord. Some of these neurodegenerative illnesses are well known and affect a significant part of the population, such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
May 10, 2007 - 8:22:23 AM

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Mayo Clinic Research Suggests Patterns of Brain Tissue Loss in Early Alzheimer's Disease May Predict Course of Disease
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that shows patterns of brain tissue loss may help physicians predict which patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (early Alzheimer's disease) will develop full-blown Alzheimer's, according to findings of a Mayo Clinic study presented in Boston today at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.
May 1, 2007 - 9:35:06 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Inhaled anesthetics may accelerate the onset of Alzheimer's Disease
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine have discovered that common inhaled anesthetics increase the number of amyloid plaques in the brains of animals, which might accelerate the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. Roderic Eckenhoff, MD, Vice Chair of Research in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, and his co-authors, report their findings in the March 7th online edition of Neurobiology of Aging.

Mar 10, 2007 - 11:48:51 AM

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Amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles are mere markers, not cause of Alzheimer’s disease
A completely new approach to the study of Alzheimer’s disease, initiated by a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, may solve a critical piece in the puzzle of the disease. This tragic neurological illness progressively erases memory in its millions of victims. The key to the new approach is understanding the way certain proteins in the brain fold, or rather “misfold.”
Feb 15, 2007 - 3:20:03 AM

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Vasectomy may put men at risk for dementia
Northwestern University researchers have discovered men with an unusual form of dementia have a higher rate of vasectomy than men the same age who are cognitively normal.

Feb 12, 2007 - 8:56:31 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Isoflurane may produce Alzheimer's-like changes in the brain
A new study has found how one of the most commonly used anesthetics may produce Alzheimer's-like changes in the brain. Previous studies have shown that applying the anesthetic isoflurane to cultured neural cells can lead to generation of amyloid-beta protein -- the key component of senile plaques seen in the brains of Alzheimer's patients -- and to the cell-death process known as apoptosis.

Feb 8, 2007 - 3:56:30 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Researchers find ‘missing link’ between amyloid and tau in Alzheimer’s disease
Scientists at the University of Virginia have identified what appears to be a major missing link in the process that destroys nerve cells in Alzheimer’s disease, an incurable disease that slowly destroys memory and cognitive abilities. The findings are reported in the Nov. 20, 2006, issue of the Journal of Cell Biology and could eventually lead to new drugs that target and disrupt specific proteins that conspire in the brain to cause Alzheimer’s.

Feb 8, 2007 - 3:13:37 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene raises newborns' cerebral palsy risk
Apolipoprotein E (APOE), a gene associated with heightened risk for Alzheimer's disease in adults, can also increase the likelihood that brain-injured newborns will develop cerebral palsy, researchers at Children's Memorial Research Center have discovered.
Feb 4, 2007 - 11:25:34 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Role of inhaled anesthetics in Alzheimer's disease
Inhaled anesthetics commonly used in surgery are more likely to cause the aggregation of Alzheimer's disease-related plaques in the brain than intravenous anesthetics say University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine researchers in a journal article published in the Jan. 23 issue of Biochemistry. This is the first report using state-of-the-art nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic technique to explain the detailed molecular mechanism behind the aggregation of amyloid beta peptide due to various anesthetics.
Jan 25, 2007 - 7:16:44 AM

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Active mind may delay onset of Alzheimer's
New York, Jan 24 - The elderly can delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease by keeping their mind active, says a new study.
Jan 24, 2007 - 11:43:25 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Common anaesthetic isoflurane can kill brain cells
New York, Jan 17 - The commonly used anaesthetic isoflurane could kill brain cells and raise the risk of Alzheimer's, suggests a new study questioning the safety of the drug.
Jan 17, 2007 - 1:19:33 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
US House backs wider stem-cell research, defies Bush
Washington, Jan 12 - Lawmakers in the Democratic-led US lower house approved plans to expand government funding for human embryonic stem-cell research, defying a threatened veto by President George W. Bush.
Jan 12, 2007 - 9:53:38 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Physical exercise fights mental woes
New York, Jan 7 - Physical activities improve blood flow to the brain, helps the bodies detoxify and could ward off addiction, depression, stress and even Alzheimer's, say researchers.
Jan 7, 2007 - 12:26:05 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia
Non drug treatments may help cure dementia
New York, Jan 1 - Non drug treatments such as mental training and physical activity may help cure dementia, a disorder characterised by a general loss of intellectual abilities, says a new study.
Jan 1, 2007 - 11:01:08 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
New scan technique could spot early Alzheimer's
New York, Dec 27 - Scientists in the US claim to have developed an advanced scan technique that can spot early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
Dec 27, 2006 - 5:34:07 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia
How frontotemporal dementia affects brain at cellular level
UCSF scientists have identified a cell population that is a primary target of the degenerative brain disease known as frontotemporal dementia, which is as common as Alzheimer's disease in patients who develop dementia before age 65. Because the cells arose only recently in evolutionary history -- in a common ancestor of great apes and humans-- and are particularly abundant in humans, and the finding supports the concept that evolution has rendered the human brain vulnerable to disease, including frontotemporal dementia, and, possibly, disorders such as autism and schizophrenia, the researchers say.
Dec 26, 2006 - 8:26:24 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Scientists create antibody to prevent Alzheimer's
London, Dec 22 - Scientists in Britain claim to have created an antibody that can be used as preventive treatment for people with a family history of Alzheimer's.
Dec 22, 2006 - 10:44:32 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia
Diet rich in fish cuts dementia risk
New York, Nov 20 (IANS) A diet rich in fish could significantly lower the risk of dementia, says a new study.
Nov 20, 2006 - 6:04:02 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Yeast model shows promise as Alzheimer's test
A century ago this month, German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer formally described characteristics of the neurodegenerative disease which ultimately came to bear his name. While international efforts to learn about Alzheimer's disease and develop treatments have progressed significantly in recent years, a cure remains an elusive goal.
Nov 19, 2006 - 4:25:15 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia
Occupational therapy improves quality of life for dementia patients
Occupational therapy can help to improve the ability of people with dementia to perform daily activities and can also reduce the pressure on their caregivers, says a BMJ study published today.
Nov 17, 2006 - 1:34:00 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Hope remains for Alzheimer's sufferers
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), who last week rejected appeals to allow patients with mild Alzheimer's to receive the life-changing medication donepezil (Aricept®), will hopefully re-appraise their decision in three-years time, according to neurologist Professor Robert Kerwin in an article published in the November issue of the medical journal Future Neurology.
Oct 31, 2006 - 4:08:00 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia
Cognitive Decline is Often Undetected - Study
Many patients over the age of 65 who are hospitalized with an acute illness experience a subtle change in their cognitive ability that often goes undiagnosed, untreated and underreported. As a result, a patient's ability to make decisions about his or her medical treatment may be negatively impacted.
Oct 28, 2006 - 5:30:00 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
CATIE Study: Antipsychotics in Alzheimer's No Better Than Placebo
Most Alzheimer’s patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs for delusions, agitation or aggression do no better than those who take a placebo because so many discontinue the drugs due to significant side effects, according to a new nationwide study led by Lon Schneider, professor of psychiatry, neurology and gerontology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Oct 13, 2006 - 11:08:00 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Mediterranean diet associated with a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease
Eating a Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables and olive oil and includes little red meat, is associated with a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to an article posted online today that will appear in the December 2006 print issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. This association persisted even when researchers considered whether individuals had vascular diseases—diseases of the blood vessels, such as stroke, heart disease and diabetes—suggesting that the diet may work through different pathways to reduce Alzheimer’s disease risk.
Oct 11, 2006 - 4:51:00 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may slow cognitive decline
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may slow cognitive decline in some patients with very mild Alzheimer’s disease, but do not appear to affect those with more advanced cases, according to results of a clinical trial published in the October issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Oct 11, 2006 - 4:48:00 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Microscopic brain damage detected in early Alzheimer's disease
Researchers have developed a new computer-aided analysis technique to identify early cellular damage in Alzheimer's disease (AD). The study is featured in the October issue of Radiology. "With increasing longevity among the population, the incidence of AD is expected to rise rapidly, creating a great burden not only for patients and their families, but also for society," said Min-Ying Su, Ph.D., author and associate professor in the Department of Radiological Sciences & the Tu and Yuen Center for Functional Onco-Imaging at the University of California at Irvine. "Our methods may enable earlier diagnosis of AD, allowing earlier intervention to slow down disease progression," she added.
Sep 26, 2006 - 11:08:00 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Novel technique can identify early cellular damage in Alzheimer's disease
Researchers have developed a new computer-aided analysis technique to identify early cellular damage in Alzheimer's disease (AD). The study is featured in the October issue of Radiology.
Sep 26, 2006 - 4:33:00 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Cathepsin B - Part of protective mechanism against Alzheimer's
An enzyme found naturally in the brain snips apart the protein that forms the sludge called amyloid plaque that is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD), researchers have found. They said their findings in mice suggest that the protein, called Cathepsin B (CatB), is a key part of a protective mechanism that may fail in some forms of AD.
Sep 21, 2006 - 12:02:00 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Boosting ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase L1 (Uch-L1) restores lost memory
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have successfully restored normal memory and synaptic function in mice suffering from Alzheimer's disease. The study was published today on the website of the journal Cell.
Aug 25, 2006 - 7:29:00 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia
Exercise helps sustain mental activity as we age
Based on a review of studies on exercise and its effect on brain functioning in human and animal populations, researchers find that physical exercise may slow aging's effects and help people maintain cognitive abilities well into older age. Animals seem to benefit from exercise too and perform spatial tasks better when they are active. Furthermore, fitness training – an increased level of exercise – may improve some mental processes even more than moderate activity, say the authors of the review.
Aug 11, 2006 - 8:05:00 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
New research points toward mechanism of age-onset toxicity of Alzheimer's protein
Like most neurodegenerative diseases, Alzheimer's disease usually appears late in life, raising the question of whether it is a disastrous consequence of aging or if the toxic protein aggregates that cause the disease simply take a long time to form. Now, a collaboration between researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and the Scripps Research Institute shows that aging is what's critical. Harmful beta amyloid aggregates accumulate when aging impedes two molecular clean-up crews from getting rid of these toxic species.
Aug 11, 2006 - 1:40:00 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia
HIV mutation is clue to why only some people develop AIDS dementia
The study of 18 HIV-positive subjects shows that HIV in the brain and central nervous system is genetically different from HIV that lives in the blood and peripheral tissues. Moreover, serious cognitive impairment among the study subjects was correlated with the presence of a particular mutation in the HIV envelope gene. The study appears in the July 2006 issue of Brain. It was led by Satish K. Pillai, PhD, a staff research associate at SFVAMC and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco.
Jul 26, 2006 - 1:12:00 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Structure of calbindin-D28K Protein Involved in Preventing Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s Diseases Characterised
Scientists at North Carolina State University have effectively lifted the veil from an important protein that is linked to the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s.
Jul 26, 2006 - 12:22:00 PM

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High estrogen levels associated with dementia in older men
A prospective population-based study has found that higher estrogen levels in older men are associated with an increased risk of dementia. By contrast, levels of testosterone were not associated with cognitive decline. As our population ages, the impact of dementia will grow. By the year 2050, some 13 million Americans could have Alzheimer's disease, which is the most common cause of dementia. Researchers are searching to understand risk factors and some studies have suggested that sex hormones play a role. One large study showed that women receiving estrogen therapy had an increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia. However, the evidence for how testosterone levels affect men is contradictory.
Jul 24, 2006 - 7:30:00 PM

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Enhanced mental and physical activity slows neurological decline
Researchers have uncovered the pathways behind the protection offered by environmental stimulation in Alzheimer's disease, further confirming that enhanced mental and physical activity slows neurological decline. The paper by Ambrée et al., "Reduction of amyloid angiopathy and A-Beta plaque burden after enriched housing in TgCRND8 mice: involvement of multiple pathways," appears in the August issue of The American Journal of Pathology.
Jul 24, 2006 - 6:54:00 PM

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Measuring Proteins In Spinal Fluid May Provide Early Clue To Alzheimer's Disease
Early signs of the development of Alzheimer's disease can be seen in the cerebrospinal fluid of middle-aged adults who are genetically predisposed to the neurologic condition, according to a report in the July issue of the Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Jul 12, 2006 - 5:37:00 AM

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Teddies May Improve Quality of Life in Alzheimers
Dolls and teddy bears can help Alzheimer's patients interact and communicate with others, finds a new study. A team of doctors at Newcastle General Hospital studied the benefits of dolls after seeing how a patient bonded with a teddy bear from her son, reported the online edition of BBC News.
Jul 10, 2006 - 8:49:00 PM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia : Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's pathology related to episodic memory
Alzheimer's pathology can appear in the brains of older men and women without dementia or mild cognitive impairment. The pathology is related to loss of episodic memory, according to a new study published in the June 27, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Jun 30, 2006 - 2:34:00 AM

Latest Research : Aging : Dementia
Mental faculties in Dementia not improved by homocysteine-lowering supplements
Giving healthy older people supplements to reduce high blood levels of an amino acid linked to dementia does not help their cognitive performance, according to a major University of Otago clinical study published today in one of world's top medical journals.
Jun 29, 2006 - 4:50:00 AM

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