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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.
Having high blood pressure in midlife can affect cognition many years later

Having high blood pressure in midlife can affect cognition many years later

Having high blood pressure in your 50's may impact your ability to keep track or plan ahead in your 80's. This study reports a connection between high blood pressure at a younger age can affect cognition many years later. It currently appears in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. [More]
Einstein-Montefiore researchers to present multiple findings at Alzheimer's Association International Conference

Einstein-Montefiore researchers to present multiple findings at Alzheimer's Association International Conference

Investigators at Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University will present multiple findings at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, taking place July 18-23 in Washington, D.C. Research topics include risk factors for developing amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI)—a condition characterized by memory problems, and is most often a precursor of Alzheimer's dementia. [More]
New research offers potential for early intervention to prevent neurodegenerative diseases

New research offers potential for early intervention to prevent neurodegenerative diseases

New research led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center provides the first direct evidence linking traumatic brain injury to Alzheimer's disease and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) -- and offers the potential for early intervention to prevent the development of these debilitating neurodegenerative diseases. [More]
Potential diagnostic approach may detect individuals at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease

Potential diagnostic approach may detect individuals at increased risk for Alzheimer's disease

Individuals with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) are at twice the risk of others in their age group of progressing to Alzheimer's disease. Although no conclusive test exists to predict who will develop Alzheimer's, new research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas is attempting to identify a potential biomarker that could offer a more complete picture of who is most at risk. [More]
Research breakthrough opens door to a world of regenerative medicine for treating mitochondrial disease

Research breakthrough opens door to a world of regenerative medicine for treating mitochondrial disease

A study led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov, Ph.D., and Hong Ma, M.D., Ph.D., at the Center for Embryonic Cell and Gene Therapy at Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon National Primate Research Center has revealed the first critical step in developing novel gene and stem cell therapy treatments for patients with mitochondrial disease. [More]
Researchers identify gene that underlies thinking skills

Researchers identify gene that underlies thinking skills

An international team of researchers, including investigators from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, has identified a gene that underlies healthy information processing -- a first step on a complicated road to understand cognitive aging and age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease. [More]
U of T researchers discover new details about key gene involved in ALS

U of T researchers discover new details about key gene involved in ALS

A University of Toronto research team has discovered new details about a key gene involved in ALS, perhaps humanity's most puzzling, intractable disease. [More]
Alzheimer's disease may be 'at work' years ahead of actual symptoms, say IU researchers

Alzheimer's disease may be 'at work' years ahead of actual symptoms, say IU researchers

The best-known genetic variant linked to Alzheimer's disease may be "at work" promoting deposits of plaque in the brain long before any symptoms of the disease can be measured on tests, according to a national research study led by Indiana University School of Medicine investigators. [More]
Mylan announces launch of generic Namenda Tablets in U.S.

Mylan announces launch of generic Namenda Tablets in U.S.

Mylan N.V. today announced the U.S. launch of Memantine Hydrochloride Tablets USP, 5 mg and 10 mg, which is the generic version of Forest's Namenda Tablets. [More]
New study reveals strategy to improve interactions between physicians and patients

New study reveals strategy to improve interactions between physicians and patients

Physicians in their medical residency training programs often focus on scientific reasoning and research evidence in their efforts to provide medical care. While appropriate, this focus may overshadow subtle and indirect communication that reveals important information about the patient's experience with their illness that will help the physician provide better care. [More]
UBC research finds that gender plays vital role in healthy diets for seniors

UBC research finds that gender plays vital role in healthy diets for seniors

Strategies to support healthier diets among seniors need to take into account differences between elderly men and women, according to UBC research. [More]
Design4Health conference to demonstrate innovative approaches to global healthcare issues

Design4Health conference to demonstrate innovative approaches to global healthcare issues

A 3D-printable prosthetic foot, a low cost tool to help prevent the spread of Ebola and tartan designed by people with Alzheimer’s disease are just some of the projects on show at a conference looking at innovative new approaches to global healthcare issues. [More]
Changes in key biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease during midlife may help predict future dementia risk

Changes in key biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease during midlife may help predict future dementia risk

Studying brain scans and cerebrospinal fluid of healthy adults, scientists have shown that changes in key biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease during midlife may help identify those who will develop dementia years later, according to new research. [More]
Blood-borne molecule promotes age-related cognitive decline

Blood-borne molecule promotes age-related cognitive decline

A blood-borne molecule that increases in abundance as we age blocks regeneration of brain cells and promotes cognitive decline, suggests a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco and Stanford School of Medicine. [More]
GPS devices help dementia sufferers achieve increased sense of security, quality of life

GPS devices help dementia sufferers achieve increased sense of security, quality of life

A brand new study of 200 dementia sufferers in Norway reveals that almost all experience greater peace of mind and increased levels of physical activity using GPS devices. [More]
Prodromal Alzheimer’s phase ‘may span decades’

Prodromal Alzheimer’s phase ‘may span decades’

Marked reductions in cognitive performance are present up to 18 years before people develop Alzheimer’s disease dementia, research shows. [More]
Axovant Sciences accepts two presentations at Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2015

Axovant Sciences accepts two presentations at Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2015

Axovant Sciences Ltd., a leading clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of dementia, today announced the acceptance of two presentations at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2015 (AAIC) being held in Washington, D.C. from July 18-23, 2015. [More]
New survey sheds light on the way Americans think about their brain health, lifestyle habits

New survey sheds light on the way Americans think about their brain health, lifestyle habits

Is your brain important to you? Do you know how to keep it healthy? According to a recent survey conducted by Reader’s Digest in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, 91 percent of people believe they can reduce their risk of cognitive decline, but they have misconceptions about ways to keep their brains healthy. [More]
Two physician-scientists in search for better Alzheimer's disease treatment

Two physician-scientists in search for better Alzheimer's disease treatment

Two of the nation's leading physician-scientists in the search to better understand and treat Alzheimer's disease - William Mobley, MD, PhD, and Michael Rafii, MD, PhD - have been named interim co-directors of the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS), a major initiative formed in 1991 as a cooperative agreement between the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the University of California, San Diego. [More]
UC Riverside psychologist awarded NIA grant to study early influences on cognitive and physical health by middle age

UC Riverside psychologist awarded NIA grant to study early influences on cognitive and physical health by middle age

University of California, Riverside psychologist Chandra A. Reynolds has been awarded a $7 million, five-year grant by the National Institute on Aging to study how early childhood influences versus recent influences affect cognitive and physical health by middle age. [More]
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