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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.
Neuropsychologist pinpoints risk factors for dementia

Neuropsychologist pinpoints risk factors for dementia

Dementia strikes one in 14 people in the UK over 65, and 47 million people worldwide.Yet scientists are still urgently trying to find why the disease affects some but not others. [More]
Researchers unravel mechanism by which hippocampal stem cells regulate their own fate

Researchers unravel mechanism by which hippocampal stem cells regulate their own fate

To date, it has been assumed that the differentiation of stem cells depends on the environment they are embedded in. [More]
Researchers discover gene linked to age-related hearing loss

Researchers discover gene linked to age-related hearing loss

A large screening programme has identified several genes associated with age-related conditions including hearing loss, retinal degeneration and osteoarthritis. [More]
Salk researchers identify new mechanism for Alzheimer's risk gene

Salk researchers identify new mechanism for Alzheimer's risk gene

For decades, scientists have known that people with two copies of a gene called apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) are much more likely to have Alzheimer's disease at age 65 than the rest of the population. [More]
Research shines more light on role of proteins in maintaining synaptic transmission

Research shines more light on role of proteins in maintaining synaptic transmission

Synapses are the power junctions that allow living creatures to function. Popularly associated with learning and memory, they play a more fundamental role in our existence by regulating everything from breathing, sleeping and waking and other bodily functions. [More]
Modifying huntingtin protein protects against behavioral symptoms in Huntington's model mice

Modifying huntingtin protein protects against behavioral symptoms in Huntington's model mice

There is new hope in the fight against Huntington's disease. Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes discovered that changing a specific part of the huntingtin protein prevented the loss of critical brain cells and protected against behavioral symptoms in a mouse model of the disease. [More]
Healthy BMI, exercise and diet can lower abnormal protein build-ups linked to Alzheimer’s

Healthy BMI, exercise and diet can lower abnormal protein build-ups linked to Alzheimer’s

A study by researchers at UCLA's Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior has found that a healthy diet, regular physical activity and a normal body mass index can reduce the incidence of protein build-ups that are associated with the onset of Alzheimer's disease. [More]
RACP releases new Choosing Wisely Australia recommendations on appropriate use of medicines for older adults

RACP releases new Choosing Wisely Australia recommendations on appropriate use of medicines for older adults

The latest lists developed by specialties from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians as part of the Choosing Wisely Australia initiative deliver a strong message on appropriate use of medicines for older Australians. [More]
Combining virtual reality and treadmill training could help reduce risk of falls in older adults

Combining virtual reality and treadmill training could help reduce risk of falls in older adults

Combining virtual reality and treadmill training helps prevent falls in older adults better than treadmill training alone, according to a new randomised controlled trial published in The Lancet. [More]
Being overweight associated with reduced white matter volume

Being overweight associated with reduced white matter volume

From middle-age onwards, the brains of people who are obese or overweight exhibit differences in white matter similar to lean individuals who are 10 years their senior, according to researchers from the University of Cambridge. [More]
Commonly used anti-inflammatory drug shows potential to treat Alzheimer's disease

Commonly used anti-inflammatory drug shows potential to treat Alzheimer's disease

A research project has shown that an experimental model of Alzheimer's disease can be successfully treated with a commonly used anti-inflammatory drug. [More]
Easy-to-test clinical markers may help identify people at risk for age-related neurological diseases

Easy-to-test clinical markers may help identify people at risk for age-related neurological diseases

A new study, based on data from the Framingham Heart Study suggests a simple test of physical functioning may be able to help physicians identify individuals who are at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer's disease and stroke. [More]
MedDiet improves memory and slows cognitive decline, study shows

MedDiet improves memory and slows cognitive decline, study shows

Eating a Mediterranean diet can slow down cognitive decline.The Mediterranean diet can improve your mind, as well your heart, shows a study published in the open-access journal [More]
Older adults experience restriction on rights to sexual freedom in assisted-living facilities, study finds

Older adults experience restriction on rights to sexual freedom in assisted-living facilities, study finds

Older adults in assisted-living facilities experience limits to their rights to sexual freedom because of a lack of policies regarding the issue and the actions of staff and administrators at these facilities, according to research conducted by the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University. [More]
Quest Diagnostics introduces digital cognitive assessment tool to help physicians assess patients with dementia

Quest Diagnostics introduces digital cognitive assessment tool to help physicians assess patients with dementia

Quest Diagnostics, the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services, today announced CogniSense, a digital cognitive assessment tool that aids in a physician's assessment, diagnosis and care management of individuals with cognitive dysfunction. [More]
Researchers describe structure of Alzheimer fibrils at atomic resolution

Researchers describe structure of Alzheimer fibrils at atomic resolution

Elongated fibres (fibrils) of the beta-amyloid protein form the typical senile plaque present in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Research findings may have implications for ALS and other neurological disorders

Research findings may have implications for ALS and other neurological disorders

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease) is a progressive disorder that devastates motor nerve cells. People diagnosed with ALS slowly lose the ability to control muscle movement, and are ultimately unable to speak, eat, move, or breathe. [More]
New app helps people with dementia stay connected to memories

New app helps people with dementia stay connected to memories

People suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of age-related dementia sometimes have trouble recognizing friends and family or knowing what to talk about when they visit. [More]
New biochip test helps identify individuals at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease

New biochip test helps identify individuals at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease

Researchers today unveiled results from a new blood test to help identify which patients are at an elevated risk of Alzheimer's disease. [More]
UK Biobank celebrates 10 years of pioneering health research

UK Biobank celebrates 10 years of pioneering health research

UK Biobank, a large scale medical research programme, is an extraordinary undertaking with the ultimate aim of improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of host of serious conditions. [More]
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