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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.
Tau PET imaging in Alzheimer's disease increases opportunities for developing effective drugs

Tau PET imaging in Alzheimer's disease increases opportunities for developing effective drugs

Tau PET is a new and promising imaging method for Alzheimer's disease. A case study from Lund University in Sweden now confirms that tau PET images correspond to a higher degree to actual changes in the brain. According to the researchers behind the study, this increases opportunities for developing effective drugs. [More]
New study to examine effectiveness of orally administered drug in treating stuttering

New study to examine effectiveness of orally administered drug in treating stuttering

Stuttering, an interruption in the flow of speech, affects about three million Americans. It begins most often in childhood, affecting four men for every woman. A precise cause of this complex communicative disorder is not known. [More]
SINAPSE network enhances strengths to develop world-class future in medical imaging for Scotland

SINAPSE network enhances strengths to develop world-class future in medical imaging for Scotland

Scotland has a strong legacy as one of the pioneers of medical imaging. In the late 70s, Aberdeen University became the first institution to develop a full body MRI scanner; the system named the Mark I prototype was an enormous step forward for healthcare. [More]
Stressful event appears to erase benefits linked to healthy fat choices

Stressful event appears to erase benefits linked to healthy fat choices

The type of fat you eat matters, but a new study suggests that the benefits of good fats vanish when stress enters the picture. [More]
Researchers identify genetic switch that may be potential target for Alzheimer's disease

Researchers identify genetic switch that may be potential target for Alzheimer's disease

A team at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, based at Imperial College London, has found an important part of the machinery that switches on a gene known to protect against Alzheimer's Disease. [More]
Study of classical Chinese medical literature finds references similar to Alzheimer's disease

Study of classical Chinese medical literature finds references similar to Alzheimer's disease

A new study of classical Chinese medical texts identifies references to age-related memory impairment similar to modern-day Alzheimer's disease, and to several plant-based ingredients used centuries ago -- and still in use today -- to treat memory impairment. [More]
Food intolerance testing: an interview with Dr Gill Hart

Food intolerance testing: an interview with Dr Gill Hart

Food intolerances are caused by adverse reactions to food or drink ingredients in your body. These are very different to food allergies. It is estimated that up to forty-five percent of the population suffers from food intolerances. [More]
Alzheimer’s Research UK calls for urgent preparation plan for future access to dementia treatments

Alzheimer’s Research UK calls for urgent preparation plan for future access to dementia treatments

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, is calling for an urgent plan for managing how new medicines are brought to patients, in a report that highlights several obstacles it fears could delay delivery of the next wave of dementia treatments. [More]
Wayne State receives NIH funding to advance brain aging research

Wayne State receives NIH funding to advance brain aging research

Wayne State University has received a $3.6 million grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health for a project that will advance knowledge of brain aging, its relation to cognitive performance and the role of common vascular and metabolic risk factors in shaping the trajectories of aging. [More]
Americans believe cancer to be major health care challenge, Mayo Clinic survey reveals

Americans believe cancer to be major health care challenge, Mayo Clinic survey reveals

While Zika remains a hot topic in the news, a new survey by Mayo Clinic reveals that Americans believe the country's most significant health care challenge is cancer. [More]
Online articles about preventing Alzheimer's disease offer poor advice, research finds

Online articles about preventing Alzheimer's disease offer poor advice, research finds

New UBC research finds that many online resources for preventing Alzheimer's disease are problematic and could be steering people in the wrong direction. [More]
Memory loss symptoms not sufficient to diagnose other forms of Alzheimer's

Memory loss symptoms not sufficient to diagnose other forms of Alzheimer's

Relying on clinical symptoms of memory loss to diagnose Alzheimer's disease may miss other forms of dementia caused by Alzheimer's that don't initially affect memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. [More]
Research provides scientific evidence for adverse effects of cannabis intake on brain development

Research provides scientific evidence for adverse effects of cannabis intake on brain development

Researchers have clarified important mechanisms involved in the formation of neural circuits in the brain. [More]
Anaesthetic known for surgical procedures may be quick remedy for depression

Anaesthetic known for surgical procedures may be quick remedy for depression

Vienna and MedUni Vienna are currently the hotspot for brain health: this coming Thursday, the very first "Brain Day" will be held for a lay audience in the Van Swieten Hall of the Medical University of Vienna. [More]
Moderately vigorous physical activity in midlife linked to better cognition at old age

Moderately vigorous physical activity in midlife linked to better cognition at old age

A new study of 3050 twins finds moderately vigorous physical activity - i.e., more strenuous than walking - to be associated with better cognition in a 25-year follow-up. [More]
Older adults not likely to fully recover from hip fractures, study reveals

Older adults not likely to fully recover from hip fractures, study reveals

One in every two older persons who have suffered a hip fracture will never be as physically active and independent as they were before. [More]
Survey shows dementia scientists worried about negative impacts of Brexit on EU research schemes

Survey shows dementia scientists worried about negative impacts of Brexit on EU research schemes

Alzheimer’s Research UK is calling for access to EU funding programmes to be made a priority in Brexit negotiations, as a poll of dementia scientists highlights fears that Britain’s exit from the EU will lead to a loss of funding for research. [More]
Scientists outline criteria for assessing vascular cognitive impairment in post-mortem brain tissue

Scientists outline criteria for assessing vascular cognitive impairment in post-mortem brain tissue

New research, led by academics at the University of Bristol, has outlined the first validated set of pathological criteria for assessing the likelihood that cognitive impairment was caused by vascular disease. [More]
Twin study looks at genetic influences on key structures of the human brain

Twin study looks at genetic influences on key structures of the human brain

An internationally significant study of healthy twins, 65 years of age or older, has unlocked important clues about how genes influence the development of key grey matter structures, paving the way for a genetic blueprint of the human brain. [More]
Neuroimaging: an insight into psychiatric causes? An interview with Dr Craig Buckley

Neuroimaging: an insight into psychiatric causes? An interview with Dr Craig Buckley

CUBRIC is one of the top neuroimaging research centres in the UK and has grown rapidly since it opened in 2006. CUBRIC is expected to become an international hub for neuroimaging, unique in Europe. [More]
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