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Dementia is not a specific disease. It is a descriptive term for a collection of symptoms that can be caused by a number of disorders that affect the brain. People with dementia have significantly impaired intellectual functioning that interferes with normal activities and relationships. They also lose their ability to solve problems and maintain emotional control, and they may experience personality changes and behavioral problems, such as agitation, delusions, and hallucinations.
Musica Humana: Innovative program highlights inspiring role of music in human thought and memory

Musica Humana: Innovative program highlights inspiring role of music in human thought and memory

According to renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks, "music can move us to the heights or depths of emotion, but the power of music goes much further." [More]
Honeybee brain helps unravel mystery behind long-term memory formation

Honeybee brain helps unravel mystery behind long-term memory formation

A breakdown of memory processes in humans can lead to conditions such as Alzheimer's and dementia. [More]
New stem cell research project to replicate brain's neural networks using 3D nanoprinting

New stem cell research project to replicate brain's neural networks using 3D nanoprinting

Aston University has launched MESO-BRAIN, a major stem cell research project which it hopes will develop three-dimensional (3D) nanoprinting techniques that can be used to replicate the brain's neural networks.​ [More]
High adolescent BMI could impact cognitive function in midlife

High adolescent BMI could impact cognitive function in midlife

Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have found that higher Body Mass Index (BMI), if it begins in adolescence, can affect cognitive function in midlife. However, the effect appears to be restricted to adults who had lower socioeconomic position as children. [More]
Novel machine learning approach could help predict dementia risk in cognitively healthy older people

Novel machine learning approach could help predict dementia risk in cognitively healthy older people

A machine learning method analyzing large amounts of health information has potential in assessing the risk of cognitively healthy older people for later dementia, according to research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. The new risk assessment tool also presents the individual risk profile in a quickly interpretable visual form. [More]
Investigational diabetes drug that impedes Parkinson's progression getting ready for human trials

Investigational diabetes drug that impedes Parkinson's progression getting ready for human trials

A new investigational drug originally developed for type 2 diabetes is being readied for human clinical trials in search of the world's first treatment to impede the progression of Parkinson's disease following publication of research findings today in the journal Science Translational Medicine. [More]
Brain activity of healthy older adults could help predict risk of falling

Brain activity of healthy older adults could help predict risk of falling

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries among older Americans and all too often lead to physical decline and loss of independence. [More]
TSRI scientists identify potential therapeutic target for age- or Alzheimer's disease-related memory deficits

TSRI scientists identify potential therapeutic target for age- or Alzheimer's disease-related memory deficits

Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have made an important discovery toward the development of drugs to treat age-related memory loss in diseases like Alzheimer's. [More]
Study highlights importance of intimate, social relationships for older adults in assisted-living facilities

Study highlights importance of intimate, social relationships for older adults in assisted-living facilities

Intimate and social relationships remain important for older adults residing in assisted-living facilities, according to a recent study. [More]
New discovery paves way to development of biochemical test for diagnosing Parkinson's disease

New discovery paves way to development of biochemical test for diagnosing Parkinson's disease

Misfolded proteins associated with Parkinson's disease were detected in cerebrospinal fluid by scientists at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, paving the way to development of a biochemical test to diagnosis the disease. [More]
Research underscores need for targeted interventions to prevent hip fractures among dementia patients

Research underscores need for targeted interventions to prevent hip fractures among dementia patients

The hip fracture risk factors are generally similar among those with and without Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. [More]
Study shows how speed information reaches the brain's navigation center

Study shows how speed information reaches the brain's navigation center

Similar neural pathways exist in humans. They are known to be damaged by Alzheimer's disease - a possible explanation why spatial orientation is frequently impaired in this form of dementia. [More]
Research validates effectiveness of world-first dental vaccine

Research validates effectiveness of world-first dental vaccine

A world-first vaccine developed by Melbourne scientists, which could eliminate or at least reduce the need for surgery and antibiotics for severe gum disease, has been validated by research published this weekend in a leading international journal. [More]
Women with dementia receive less health monitoring than men, UCL research reveals

Women with dementia receive less health monitoring than men, UCL research reveals

Women with dementia have fewer visits to the GP, receive less health monitoring and take more potentially harmful medication than men with dementia, new UCL (University College London) research reveals. [More]
OHSU scientists identify potential target for preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease

OHSU scientists identify potential target for preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease

A new scientific discovery may provide a future avenue for treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease. [More]
How old is your heart?

How old is your heart?

There have been a number of ways to measure the biological health and age of your heart, which has been done conventionally in the past. Blood pressure is one indicator. Other risk indicators include family history of heart disease, level of cholesterol and exercise testing, where you can get heart rate... [More]
New global network to explore link between genes and environmental factors to tackle health challenges

New global network to explore link between genes and environmental factors to tackle health challenges

A new global network linking leading research centres across the world has launched today to tackle some of the most pressing global health challenges of our time such as autism, cancer, diabetes and dementia. [More]
Aerobic activity offers greater preservation of brain volume, improves cognitive performance

Aerobic activity offers greater preservation of brain volume, improves cognitive performance

Using a new MRI technique, researchers found that adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who exercised four times a week over a six-month period experienced an increase in brain volume in specific, or local, areas of the brain, but adults who participated in aerobic exercise experienced greater gains than those who just stretched. [More]
Johns Hopkins researchers find evidence of brain injury in young NFL players

Johns Hopkins researchers find evidence of brain injury in young NFL players

In a small study of young or recently retired NFL players, researchers at Johns Hopkins report finding evidence of brain injury and repair that is visible on imaging from the players compared to a control group of men without a history of concussion. [More]
Moderate coffee consumption may offer protection against age-related cognitive decline

Moderate coffee consumption may offer protection against age-related cognitive decline

A new report from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a not-for-profit organisation devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health, highlights the potential role of coffee consumption in reducing the risk of cognitive decline. [More]
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