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Does cognitive function affect oral health during aging?
In a Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology study, poor cognitive function in older adults was associated with poorer oral health and higher risk of tooth loss in later life. (2019-03-06)

Yale to study marijuana, ecstasy and teen cognitive deficits
Yale has received a $1.7 million grant to study whether a history of use of ecstasy and marijuana is associated with cognitive deficits in adolescents. (2004-10-27)

Increased risk of stroke in people with cognitive impairment
People with cognitive impairment are significantly more likely to have a stroke, with a 39 percent increased risk, than people with normal cognitive function, according to a new study published in CMAJ. (2014-08-25)

Folic acid supplementation may improve cognitive performance
Folic acid supplementation may substantially improve cognitive function for older adults, according to an article in this week's Lancet. (2007-01-18)

Researchers assess cognitive impairment in patients with breast cancer
A recent analysis of published studies in Psycho-Oncology estimates that one-quarter of adults with breast cancer have cognitive impairment before starting therapy. (2021-02-03)

Regular exercise may boost brain health in adults
In the brain, blood flow and cognitive function peak during young adulthood, but a new study of 52 young women found that oxygen availability, which is known to positively relate to brain health and function, is higher in adults who exercise regularly. Women who exercised on a regular basis had higher oxygen availability in the anterior frontal region of the brain and performed best on difficult cognitive tasks. (2015-01-20)

Working-life training and maternity spells are related to slower cognitive decline in later life
Employment gaps may promote but also reduce cognitive function in older age, as new research from the University of Luxembourg has shown. (2013-08-05)

Blink! The link between aerobic fitness and cognition
Researchers from the University of Tsukuba have found evidence that spontaneous eye blink activity, which reflects activity in the dopaminergic system, explains the connection between fitness and cognitive function. This is the first study to indicate that dopamine has an essential role in linking aerobic fitness and cognition. These findings open the door to new research regarding the mechanisms by which exercise improves brain function, and may lead to novel fitness strategies for enhancing cognition. (2021-02-03)

Day services benefit patients with Alzheimer's disease
Day services--programs designed to provide stimulation in a safe environment during the day for adults with physical and mental impairments -- may help improve the cognitive function of adults with Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in Psychogeriatrics. (2020-05-06)

Slowing brain functions linked to increased risk of stroke, death
Declining memory and cognitive ability may increase the risk of stroke in adults over age 65. After stroke, cognitive function declined almost twice as fast. Stroke and cognitive decline increased the risk of death in older adults. (2014-08-07)

Fish oil supplements provide no benefit to brain power
The largest ever trial of fish oil supplements has found no evidence that they offer benefits for cognitive function in older people. The OPAL study investigated the effects of taking omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplements over a two year period on the cognitive function of participants aged 70-80 years. (2010-04-21)

Researchers find link between low cognitive score and risk of brain injury
Young men with low cognitive function and low socioeconomic status are significantly more likely to suffer from mild traumatic brain injury than those without, a study published today on suggests. (2013-03-12)

Brain atrophy linked with cognitive decline in diabetes
New research has shown that cognitive decline in people with type 2 diabetes is likely due to brain atrophy, or shrinkage, that resembles patterns seen in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. (2013-09-11)

Feinstein Institute researchers identify new genes associated with cognitive ability
Investigators at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research discovered dozens of new genetic variations associated with a person's general cognitive ability. The findings, which were published online today in Cell Reports, have the potential to help researchers develop more targeted treatment for cognitive and memory disorders. (2017-11-28)

Cognitive enhancers do not help mild cognitive impairment
Cognitive enhancers did not improve cognition and were associated with increased harm in people with mild cognitive impairment, according to a study published in CMAJ. (2013-09-16)

Men experience greater cognitive impairment and short-term death following hip surgery
In a study of hip fracture patients, men displayed greater levels of cognitive impairment within the first 22 days of fracture than women, and cognitive limitations increased the risk of dying within six months in both men and women. (2017-02-08)

Hearing aids may help keep hearing-impaired older adults mentally sharp
Hearing loss is linked with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults, but the use of hearing aids may help safeguard seniors' memory and thinking skills. (2015-10-19)

Light drinking may protect brain function
Light to moderate drinking may preserve brain function in older age, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. (2020-06-30)

Poor sleep linked to lower cognitive functioning in people with diabetes and prediabetes
A study published in the journal Acta Diabetologica reports that people with diabetes and prediabetes who have lower sleep efficiency -- a measure of how much time in bed is actually spent sleeping -- have poorer cognitive function than those with better sleep efficiency. (2018-06-06)

Cancer-related PTS linked to very limited cognitive impairment among newly diagnosed breast cancer patients
Cancer-related post-traumatic stress is associated with very limited cognitive impairment before treatment among newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, according to a new study published April 16 in the JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2015-04-16)

DHA supplementation improves cognition in older adults with mild cognitive impairment
Results from a recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease support the cognitive benefits of DHA, which have been consistently demonstrated with doses of 900 mg/day or greater. The study results showed that there was a significant difference in the Full-Scale Intelligence Quotient (IQ) in the DHA group versus placebo. (2016-10-11)

Evidence mounts against DHEA use in treating cognitive decline
DHEA supplements are widely-available and touted as a preventive agent for many chronic diseases. A new study published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds no evidence of a beneficial effect of DHEA supplements on cognitive function in healthy older adults. (2008-05-21)

Anxious, moody older adults are vulnerable to worse cognitive function
Some older adults with the neuropathology that causes dementia have more cognitive resilience than others, reports a new study. The reason: their personalities. Individuals with higher neuroticism -- a greater tendency towards anxiety, worry, moodiness and impulsivity -- were more likely to have worse cognitive function. Individuals who were self-disciplined, organized, high achievers and motivated -- known as higher conscientiousness -- had better cognitive function and memory. (2020-09-25)

Late, but not too late -- screening for olfactory dysfunction
In a large population-based study of randomly selected participants in Germany, researchers found that participants aged 65-74 years with olfactory dysfunction showed impaired cognitive performance. Interestingly, this strong association was not present in younger (55-64 years) or older (75-86 years) participants. Additionally, the effect was more present in women than men. (2018-04-20)

Some memory complaints in the elderly may be warning signs of cognitive problems
Older individuals' complaints about memory lapses such as having trouble remembering recent events may indicate that they are experiencing cognitive problems that are greater than typical age-related changes. (2011-09-15)

New study examines premature menopause and effects on later life cognition
Premature menopause is associated with long-term negative effects on cognitive function, suggests a new study published May 7 in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. (2014-05-07)

With fat: What's good or bad for the heart, may be the same for the brain
According to new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital, one (2012-05-18)

Aerobic exercise boosts brain power
The physical benefits of regular exercise and remaining physically active, especially as we age, are well documented. However, it appears that it is not only the body which benefits from exercise, but the mind too. The evidence for this is published in a new review by Hayley Guiney and Liana Machado from the University of Otago, New Zealand, which focuses on the importance of physical activity in keeping and potentially improving cognitive function throughout life. (2012-12-13)

Does abdominal fat affect the cognitive function of older adults with diabetes?
Higher levels of abdominal fat were linked with reduced cognitive function in a Clinical Obesity study of older Asians with type 2 diabetes -- even in individuals with normal weight. (2020-02-05)

Decreased kidney function leads to decreased cognitive functioning
The greater a person's decrease in renal functioning, the greater the decrease in their overall cognitive functioning, particularly abstract reasoning and verbal memory, finds a new study, the first to describe change in multiple domains of cognitive functioning in order to determine which specific abilities are most affected in individuals with impaired renal function. (2012-11-19)

New book on cognition from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
The scientific results discussed in 'Cognition: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology LXXIX' shed light on many areas of normal brain function but also offer novel insights into the treatment of psychiatric, neurological, and neurodegenerative diseases. This volume includes state-of-the-art neurobiological research at genetic, molecular, cellular, circuit, and whole brain resolution. The Symposium Proceedings provides an integrative overview of the current state of the field. (2015-07-10)

Hearing aids may delay cognitive decline, research finds
Wearing hearing aids may delay cognitive decline in older adults and improve brain function, according to promising new research. University of Melbourne researchers have tested the use of hearing aids in almost 100 adults aged 62-82 years with hearing loss. After 18 months of hearing aid use, researchers found speech perception, self-reported listening disability and quality of life had significantly improved for participants. (2020-02-26)

Research confirms Mediterranean diet is good for the mind
Many pieces of research have identified a link between adherence to a Mediterranean diet and a lower risk of age-related disease such as dementia. A team from the University of Exeter Medical School has carried out the first systematic review and their findings are published in Epidemiology (2013-09-03)

Second-hand smoke linked to cognitive impairment
Exposure to second-hand smoke could increase the risk of developing dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment, according to research published by Dr. David Llewellyn from the University of Cambridge and his collaborators. (2009-02-12)

Parkinson's symptoms improve with weekly regimens of both physical and cognitive exercises
Parkinson's patients' motor and non-motor symptoms were improved with a weekly exercise regimen that included physical and cognitive tasks, according to new research presented today (December 18, 2019) at The Physiological Society early career conference, Future Physiology 2019: Translating Cellular Mechanisms into Lifelong Health Strategies. (2019-12-18)

New research shows diabetes and worse blood sugar control are associated with long-term cognitive decline
A new study in Diabetologia of some 5,000 older people in the UK has shown that rates of long-term cognitive decline are steeper in those who have diabetes compared with people with normal blood sugar control, and that efforts to delay the onset of diabetes and/or control blood sugar levels might prevent subsequent progression of brain function decline. (2018-01-25)

New tool delivers swifter picture of cognitive deficit
A new tool, developed by researchers from the University of Adelaide, will assist clinicians to assess people suffering from major depressive disorder (MDD). (2018-12-11)

Study says widely reported side effect of chemotherapy may be overestimated
A new study says the incidence of (2004-06-21)

Antioxidants may prevent cognitive impairment in diabetes
Cognitive difficulties in patients with diabetes, caused by repeated episodes of low blood sugar, could be reduced with antioxidants, according to a new study presented at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Glasgow. The study findings suggest that stimulating antioxidant defences in mice reduces cognitive impairments caused by low blood sugar, which could help to improve the quality of life for diabetic patients. (2018-11-20)

A study finds neuropeptide somatostatin enhances visual processing?
Researchers have confirmed that neuropeptide somatostatin can improve cognitive function in the brain. A research group of Professor Seung-Hee Lee from the Department of Biological Sciences at KAIST found that the application of neuropeptide somatostatin improves visual processing and cognitive behaviors by reducing excitatory inputs to parvalbumin-positive interneurons in the cortex. (2020-04-23)

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