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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.
Study elucidates why women have higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men

Study elucidates why women have higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men

Women have a two-fold higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men, yet strikingly little is known about how changes in brain function promote this difference -- and how early in midlife those changes can be detected. [More]
Middle-aged women outperform age-matched men on all memory measures, study shows

Middle-aged women outperform age-matched men on all memory measures, study shows

In the battle of the sexes, women have long claimed that they can remember things better and longer than men can. [More]
Scientists investigate role of mitochondria in Alzheimer's disease pathology

Scientists investigate role of mitochondria in Alzheimer's disease pathology

On Nov. 25, 1901, a 51-year-old woman is admitted to a hospital in Frankfurt, Germany, displaying a bizarre constellation of symptoms. [More]
Lack of shrinkage in the hippocampus may help predict people at risk for dementia with Lewy bodies

Lack of shrinkage in the hippocampus may help predict people at risk for dementia with Lewy bodies

Dementia with Lewy bodies is a progressive disease that causes hallucinations, decline in mental abilities, rigid muscles, slow movement and tremors. With symptoms similar to Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, a correct diagnosis can be difficult. [More]
Brain inflammation may have direct involvement in development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Brain inflammation may have direct involvement in development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy

For the first time, researchers have shown that inflammation in the brain may have direct involvement in the development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). In addition, they found that the number of years one plays contact sports may predict the occurrence of CTE and that this association is partly due to increased inflammation in the brain. [More]
Lack of brain shrinkage may help identify people at risk for dementia with Lewy bodies

Lack of brain shrinkage may help identify people at risk for dementia with Lewy bodies

A lack of shrinkage in the area of the brain responsible for memory may be a sign that people with thinking and memory problems may go on to develop dementia with Lewy bodies rather than Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study published in the November 2, 2016, online issue of Neurology, a medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. [More]
New study to explore therapeutic pill for treatment of concussion

New study to explore therapeutic pill for treatment of concussion

The goal of finding a treatment for concussion may be one step closer due to a new study being launched by University of Miami researchers. [More]
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables combined with regular exercise linked to better cognitive functioning

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables combined with regular exercise linked to better cognitive functioning

It's tempting to dip into the leftover Halloween treats, but new research out of York University has found eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, combined with regular exercise, leads to better cognitive functioning for younger and older adults, and may delay the onset of dementia. [More]
Virtual reality plus treadmill training may help reduce falls linked to aging, Parkinson's disease

Virtual reality plus treadmill training may help reduce falls linked to aging, Parkinson's disease

A combination of virtual reality and treadmill training may prove effective in preventing dangerous falls associated with aging, Parkinson's disease, mild cognitive impairment or dementia, according to a new Tel Aviv University-Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center study published in The Lancet. [More]
Researchers explore interaction between two brain regions during formation of long-term memories

Researchers explore interaction between two brain regions during formation of long-term memories

Our brain has a tough task every time we experience something new - it must be flexible to take in new information instantly, but also stable enough to store it for a long time. [More]
Noen AS runs courses to improve personalised care for dementia patients

Noen AS runs courses to improve personalised care for dementia patients

The company Noen AS runs courses for its helpers to enable them to establish close relationships with their dementia patients. [More]
Distinct structures of tau protein aggregates may help determine type of dementia, study shows

Distinct structures of tau protein aggregates may help determine type of dementia, study shows

The distinct structures of toxic protein aggregates that form in degenerating brains determine which type of dementia will occur, which regions of brain will be affected, and how quickly the disease will spread, according to a study from the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. [More]
Ionizing radiation may be confounding factor in Alzheimer's disease, study suggests

Ionizing radiation may be confounding factor in Alzheimer's disease, study suggests

More humans than ever are exposed to higher levels of ionizing radiation from medical equipment, airplanes, etc. A new study suggests that this kind of radiation may be a confounding factor in the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer´s. [More]
Desuto introduces new tool to transform decision-making process for health and social care professionals

Desuto introduces new tool to transform decision-making process for health and social care professionals

Desuto, a leader in health and social care decision-support, has launched a unique new tool designed to transform the decision-making process for health and social care professionals across the UK. [More]
High blood pressure in middle age could be potential risk factor for Alzheimer's disease

High blood pressure in middle age could be potential risk factor for Alzheimer's disease

High blood pressure in middle age can lead to impaired cognition and is a potential risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, according to a statement from the American Heart Association co-authored by Loyola Medicine neurologist José Biller, MD. [More]
Comfortable living conditions, independence can help elderly Chinese immigrants feel at home in the U.S.

Comfortable living conditions, independence can help elderly Chinese immigrants feel at home in the U.S.

Having comfortable living conditions and independence from their adult children can help elderly Chinese immigrants find a sense of home and life satisfaction in the United States, but the inability to speak fluent English makes them feel unsettled, according to a research study. [More]
Novel approach to analyzing brain structures may help predict progression of Alzheimer's disease

Novel approach to analyzing brain structures may help predict progression of Alzheimer's disease

Use of a novel approach to analyzing brain structure that focuses on the shape rather than the size of particular features may allow identification of individuals in early presymptomatic stages of Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Researchers find two new genetic risk factors for AD among African Americans

Researchers find two new genetic risk factors for AD among African Americans

Researchers have identified two new genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease (AD) among African Americans. [More]
New drug appears to decrease inflammation in the brain linked to Alzheimer's disease

New drug appears to decrease inflammation in the brain linked to Alzheimer's disease

An experimental drug shows promise in treating Alzheimer's disease by preventing inflammation and removing abnormal protein clumps in the brain that are associated with the disease, suggests a study in mice presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 annual meeting. [More]

New report puts forward recommendations aimed at speeding up access to innovative dementia medicines

A new report published by the government today (24 October), puts forward a number of recommendations aimed at speeding up the process by which the NHS implements newly developed drugs and medical procedures. [More]
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