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Blood clot discovery could pave way for treatment of blood diseases
Scientists have discovered new ways in which the body regulates blood clots, in a discovery which could one day lead to the development of better treatments that could help prevent and treat conditions including heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia. (2019-02-15)
No association between antiepileptic drug use and dementia
Epilepsy is a common neurological condition with a prevalence of around 2 percent. (2019-02-13)
Women less likely to receive geriatric care for emergency hip surgery
More than 70 percent of patients receiving surgery for hip fracture are women, yet they are less likely than men to receive geriatric care during hospitalization, or an anesthesiology consultation before surgery, found a study published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-02-11)
Researchers closer to new Alzheimer's therapy with brain blood flow discovery
By discovering the culprit behind decreased blood flow in the brain of people with Alzheimer's, biomedical engineers at Cornell University have made possible promising new therapies for the disease. (2019-02-11)
Study finds no association between trazodone and reduced dementia risk
In a large UK population-based study, Ian Wong and colleagues at the University of Hong Kong and University College London, UK, found no statistically significant association between the antidepressant trazodone and a reduced risk of dementia when compared to other antidepressants. (2019-02-05)
Feeding tubes shouldn't be on POLST forms: JAGS opinion paper
Following years of research that demonstrated feeding tubes can harm patients with dementia, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has published an OHSU opinion paper recommending patient preference for feeding tubes be excluded from Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, forms. (2019-01-31)
'Bugs' in the gut might predict dementia in the brain
The makeup of bacteria and other microbes in the gut may have a direct association with dementia risk, according to preliminary research. (2019-01-30)
Exploring the connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline
A new study led by investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital adds to a growing body of evidence that hearing loss is associated with higher risk of cognitive decline. (2019-01-29)
Does intensive blood pressure control reduce the risk of dementia?
Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are projected to affect 115 million people worldwide by 2050. (2019-01-28)
Lowering blood pressure reduces risk of cognitive impairment
Intensive control of blood pressure in older people significantly reduced the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a precursor of early dementia, in a clinical trial led by scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health. (2019-01-28)
Does intensive blood pressure control reduce dementia?
Intensive lowering of blood pressure did not significantly reduce dementia but did have a measurable impact on mild cognitive impairment (MCI). (2019-01-28)
Alzheimer's Association funds two-year extension of the sprint mind study
The Alzheimer's Association has awarded more than $800,000 to support the SPRINT MIND 2.0 Study, which will further investigate the impact of intensive blood pressure treatment on reducing risk of dementia. (2019-01-28)
Study uncovers ethnic differences in cognition and age in people diagnosed with dementia
In an International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry study of individuals diagnosed with dementia in the United Kingdom, people from minority ethnic backgrounds (Asian and black patients) had lower cognitive scores and were younger when they were diagnosed with dementia than white patients. (2019-01-24)
Even in young adults, blood pressure above normal may be linked to brain shrinkage
For people in their 20s and 30s, having blood pressure above normal but below the level considered to be high blood pressure, may be linked to loss of brain volume, according to a study published in the January 23, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2019-01-23)
Antiepileptic drugs linked to accumulation of hospital days in persons with Alzheimer's disease
People with Alzheimer's disease who used antiepileptic drugs had a higher number of accumulated hospital days than people with Alzheimer's disease who did not use antiepileptics, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. (2019-01-22)
Early prediction of Alzheimer's progression in blood
Scientists at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research and the University Hospital Tuebingen show that a protein found in the blood can be used to precisely monitor disease progression of Alzheimer's long before first clinical signs appear. (2019-01-21)
Blood test detects Alzheimer's damage before symptoms
A simple blood test reliably detects signs of brain damage in people on the path to developing Alzheimer's disease -- even before they show signs of confusion and memory loss, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2019-01-21)
Psychological distress is a risk factor for dementia
A new study suggests that vital exhaustion -- which can be perceived as an indicator of psychological distress -- is a risk factor for future risk of dementia. (2019-01-17)
The Lancet Neurology: Frailty could make people more susceptible to dementia
New research published in The Lancet Neurology journal suggests that frailty makes older adults more susceptible to Alzheimer's dementia, and moderates the effects of dementia-related brain changes on dementia symptoms. (2019-01-17)
High pesticide exposure among farmers linked to poor sense of smell later
A Michigan State University study is the first to show an association between unusually high pesticide exposure and poor sense of smell among aging farmers. (2019-01-16)
New AI can detect urinary tract infections
New AI developed at the University of Surrey could identify and help reduce one of the top causes of hospitalisation for people living with dementia: urinary tract infections (UTI). (2019-01-16)
Moving more in old age may be linked to sharper memory
Older adults who move more, either with daily exercise or even simple routine physical activity like housework, may preserve more of their memory and thinking skills, even if they have brain lesions or biomarkers linked to dementia, according to a study published in the Jan. (2019-01-16)
Moving more in old age may protect brain from dementia
lder adults who move more than average, either in the form of daily exercise or just routine physical activity such as housework, may maintain more of their memory and thinking skills than people who are less active than average, even if they have brain lesions or biomarkers linked to dementia, according to a study by Rush University Medical Center published in the January 16, 2019, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2019-01-16)
Emergency/urgent hospitalizations linked to accelerated cognitive decline in older adults
Emergency and urgent hospitalizations are associated with an increased rate of cognitive decline in older adults, report researchers at Rush University Medical Center. (2019-01-11)
New role for brain's support cells in controlling circadian rhythms
An Medical Research Council funded study published today in the journal Science, has found that astrocytes, previously thought of as just supporting neurons in regulating circadian rhythms, can actually lead the tempo of the body's internal clock and have been shown for the first time to be able to control patterns of daily behaviour in mammals. (2019-01-10)
Regenstrief investigator calls for Medicare payment for team-based care for dementia
CMS can create access to better care for the many millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer's disease -- both patients and their caregivers -- by redesigning the Medicare payment system to support collaborative dementia care writes Regenstrief Institute research scientist Malaz Boustani, M.D., M.P.H., in 'An Alternative Payment Model to Support Widespread Use of Collaborative Dementia Care Models,' published in the January 2019 issue of Health Affairs. (2019-01-10)
Insomnia has many faces
Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience revealed that there are five types of insomnia. (2019-01-08)
Kicking, yelling during sleep? Study finds risk factors for violent sleep disorder
Taking antidepressants for depression, having post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety diagnosed by a doctor are risk factors for a disruptive and sometimes violent sleep disorder called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder, according to a study published in the Dec. (2018-12-26)
Research highlights what helps people live well with dementia
Psychological aspects, such as optimism, self-esteem, loneliness and depression were closely linked to ability to optimise quality of life and wellbeing in both people with dementia and carers. (2018-12-21)
Correlation of stroke and dementia with death: A study from the Swedish dementia registry
Patients who died of IS the most common type of dementia was vascular dementia while those died from other causes were most often diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia (AD). (2018-12-14)
Mapping technique to reassess Alzheimer's studies finds improved reproducibility
A neural mapping approach that pegs results from more than two dozen previous Alzheimer's studies found that reproducibility improves when trying to isolate symptoms to a brain network rather than a single area of the brain. (2018-12-14)
New genetic clues to early-onset form of dementia
In an effort to better understand frontotemporal dementia, an international team of researchers, led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2018-12-13)
Study shows in older people, type 2 diabetes is associated with a decline in brain function over 5 years
New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) shows that in older people living in the community, type 2 diabetes (T2D) is associated with a decline in verbal memory and fluency over five years. (2018-12-13)
Number of dementia sufferers worldwide grew by 117 percent in 26 years
An international group of collaborating scientists that includes HSE Professor Vasily Vlasov has analyzed data from 195 countries on the spread of Alzheimer's disease and other dementia between 1990 and 2016. (2018-12-11)
New discoveries predict ability to forecast dementia from single molecule
Scientists who recently identified the molecular start of Alzheimer's disease have used that finding to determine that it should be possible to forecast which type of dementia will develop over time -- a form of personalized medicine for neurodegenerative diseases. (2018-12-11)
Memory tests predict brain atrophy and Alzheimer's disease
Use of two episodic memory tests help in predicting brain atrophy and Alzheimer's disease, as indicated by a study carried out at the University of Helsinki and the University of California. (2018-12-10)
Two compounds in coffee may team up to fight Parkinson's
Rutgers scientists have found a compound in coffee that may team up with caffeine to fight Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia -- two progressive and currently incurable diseases associated with brain degeneration. (2018-12-10)
Drawing is better than writing for memory retention
Researchers from the University of Waterloo found that even if people weren't good at it, drawing, as a method to help retain new information, was better than re-writing notes, visualization exercises or passively looking at images. (2018-12-06)
Blood test for tau, Alzheimer's disease under development
Investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital are working to develop a blood test to accurately diagnose or even predict Alzheimer's disease before symptoms appear. (2018-12-06)
Neuroscientists pinpoint genes tied to dementia
A UCLA-led research team has identified genetic processes involved in the neurodegeneration that occurs in dementia -- an important step on the path toward developing therapies that could slow or halt the course of the disease. (2018-12-03)
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