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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.
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]
Penn's ADCC receives $8.8 million grant to continue research on treatment for AD and related dementias

Penn's ADCC receives $8.8 million grant to continue research on treatment for AD and related dementias

The University of Pennsylvania's Alzheimer's Disease Core Center has been awarded an estimated $8.8 million over five years from the National Institute on Aging to continue its mission of investigating mechanisms, diagnostics, treatments and strategies for Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and related dementias including Parkinson's disease (PD), Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD), Lewy Body dementia (LBD) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). [More]
Researchers estimate $40 billion in annual costs to care for elderly stroke survivors

Researchers estimate $40 billion in annual costs to care for elderly stroke survivors

It's assumed that family and friends will help out in the event of a medical crisis, but that's not always feasible. And when stroke survivors need more than 20 hours of care per week, as a study in the August edition of Stroke shows, it's a large burden for their loved ones. [More]
Regular physical exercise could lead to higher brain volumes and decreased dementia risk

Regular physical exercise could lead to higher brain volumes and decreased dementia risk

Using the landmark Framingham Heart Study to assess how physical activity affects the size of the brain and one's risk for developing dementia, UCLA researchers found an association between low physical activity and a higher risk for dementia in older individuals. [More]
Scientists uncover novel sites of expression in the brain for gene linked to ALS and FTD

Scientists uncover novel sites of expression in the brain for gene linked to ALS and FTD

For the first time novel expression sites in the brain have been identified for a gene which is associated with Motor Neuron Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia. [More]
Treating people in mental health hospitals with locked wards does not reduce risk of suicide attempts

Treating people in mental health hospitals with locked wards does not reduce risk of suicide attempts

Treating people with mental ill health in hospitals with locked wards, as opposed to hospitals without locked wards, does not reduce their risk of suicide attempts or of unauthorised absence from hospital, also known as ‘absconding’, according to a new 15-year study in Germany of around 145000 patient cases, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. [More]
New guide offers person-centred analysis of people living with dementia

New guide offers person-centred analysis of people living with dementia

The Good Care Group offer high quality live in care services, for elderly people to live in their home for as long as possible. [More]
Second annual USC VR Hackathon for international coders, designers focuses on Medical Empathy Machine

Second annual USC VR Hackathon for international coders, designers focuses on Medical Empathy Machine

Kicking off its second annual virtual reality (VR) Hackathon, the University of Southern California Center for Body Computing announced this year's focus of the competition is "Medical Empathy Machine," showcasing the potential of VR to change medicine and patient experience through emotion, compassion and empathy. [More]
Waterloo researchers unveil new screening tool and data at 2016 AAIC

Waterloo researchers unveil new screening tool and data at 2016 AAIC

Two studies involving University of Waterloo researchers presented this week at the 2016 Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in Toronto highlight a new diagnostic tool that can identify Alzheimer's disease long before the onset of symptoms as well as the increasing prevalence of Alzheimer's disease in Ontario. [More]
Study finds positive changes in patient's personal outlook, quality of life post dementia diagnosis

Study finds positive changes in patient's personal outlook, quality of life post dementia diagnosis

Results from a study of patients with a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or early dementia indicates that their outlook isn't as dark as expected. [More]
Odor identification test may help detect early-stage Alzheimer's disease

Odor identification test may help detect early-stage Alzheimer's disease

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and NewYork-Presbyterian reported that an odor identification test may prove useful in predicting cognitive decline and detecting early-stage Alzheimer's disease. [More]
First confirmed case of Alzheimer’s disease in HIV-positive patient to be presented at AAIC 2016

First confirmed case of Alzheimer’s disease in HIV-positive patient to be presented at AAIC 2016

The first case of Alzheimer's disease diagnosed in an HIV-positive individual will be presented in a poster session at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2016 in Toronto July 27. [More]
Scientists develop prediction score to identify older adults at risk of developing pneumonia

Scientists develop prediction score to identify older adults at risk of developing pneumonia

In a study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, researchers developed a "prediction score" to help healthcare professionals determine which older adults might be most at risk for developing pneumonia. [More]
Researchers examine link between poor physical performance and dementia risk in oldest adults

Researchers examine link between poor physical performance and dementia risk in oldest adults

The number of people living well into their 90s is projected to quadruple by 2050. By mid-century, nearly 9 million people will be 90-years-old or older. [More]
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