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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.
Penn study finds evidence of AD neuropathology in post-mortem brains of LBD patients

Penn study finds evidence of AD neuropathology in post-mortem brains of LBD patients

Patients who had a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) with dementia (PDD) or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and had higher levels of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology in their donated post-mortem brains also had more severe symptoms of these Lewy body diseases (LBD) during their lives, compared to those whose brains had less AD pathology, according to research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
Molecular pharmacologist granted funding to unravel mechanisms of neuronal communication

Molecular pharmacologist granted funding to unravel mechanisms of neuronal communication

Our ability to memorize our first kiss or the last day at school as most other functions of the brain relies on communication between nerve cells at special contacts called synapses, where chemical signals are conveyed from one nerve cells to the next. [More]
Protein involved in neurological disorders can travel from brain to stomach

Protein involved in neurological disorders can travel from brain to stomach

Researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases have found that "alpha-synuclein", a protein involved in a series of neurological disorders including Parkinson's disease, is capable of travelling from brain to stomach and that it does so following a specific pathway. [More]
Living near a busy road may increase dementia risk, study reports

Living near a busy road may increase dementia risk, study reports

People living within 50 meters of a busy road are at an increased risk of developing dementia, compared with people who live further away, according to research published in The Lancet.The study also analyzed the link between traffic pollution exposure and the risk of Parkinson’s disease... [More]
Researchers develop innovative technique to examine and quantify blood vessels in the brain

Researchers develop innovative technique to examine and quantify blood vessels in the brain

A study published today in the Journal of Anatomy has made an important breakthrough in the examination of blood vessels in the brain giving scientists a clearer understanding of how dementia, brain cancer and stroke can affect veins and capillaries in this organ. [More]
Mediterranean diet may help provide long-term protection to the brain

Mediterranean diet may help provide long-term protection to the brain

A new study shows that older people who followed a Mediterranean diet retained more brain volume over a three-year period than those who did not follow the diet as closely. [More]
Clarity Pointe announces groundbreaking of new memory care community in Tallahassee

Clarity Pointe announces groundbreaking of new memory care community in Tallahassee

Clarity Pointe is excited to announce the groundbreaking of its newest memory care community, Clarity Pointe Tallahassee. [More]
Two research studies on new molecules could potentially treat Alzheimer's disease

Two research studies on new molecules could potentially treat Alzheimer's disease

This year, results have been published of two significant research studies about molecules that could potentially treat Alzheimer's disease. [More]
'Friendship Bench' approach holds potential to improve lives of people with mental health problems

'Friendship Bench' approach holds potential to improve lives of people with mental health problems

Their offices are simple wooden seats, called Friendship Benches, located in the grounds of health clinics around Harare and other major cities in Zimbabwe. [More]
Occupational therapy holds potential to provide clinical benefits to dementia patients

Occupational therapy holds potential to provide clinical benefits to dementia patients

A French observational study in real life showed that dementia patients benefiting from occupational therapy sessions report relevant clinical benefits over the intervention period, according to a research study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease this month. [More]
New detection method could lead to noninvasive diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

New detection method could lead to noninvasive diagnosis of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

The detection of prions in the blood of patients with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease could lead to a noninvasive diagnosis prior to symptoms and a way to identify prion contamination of the donated blood supply, according to researchers at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. [More]
UCLA study shows how the brain initiates repair by generating replacement cells after stroke

UCLA study shows how the brain initiates repair by generating replacement cells after stroke

UCLA researchers have shown that the brain can be repaired — and brain function can be recovered — after a stroke in animals. [More]
Scientists identify potential drug treatment in fight against Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists identify potential drug treatment in fight against Alzheimer’s disease

An international team of scientists has announced a new advance in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by identifying a new drug target for not only improving symptoms of brain degeneration – but also to extend the life-span of the terminally ill mice. [More]
Scientists detail structure of molecule implicated in Alzheimer's disease

Scientists detail structure of molecule implicated in Alzheimer's disease

Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have detailed the structure of a molecule that has been implicated in Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Simple sniff test can enhance accuracy of diagnosing Alzheimer's disease

Simple sniff test can enhance accuracy of diagnosing Alzheimer's disease

Tests that measure the sense of smell may soon become common in neurologists' offices. [More]
Holiday tips and gift suggestions for caregivers, families of AD patients

Holiday tips and gift suggestions for caregivers, families of AD patients

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but we all know they can be stressful even under the best of circumstances. [More]
Landmark clinical trial to test third investigational drug for Alzheimer's disease

Landmark clinical trial to test third investigational drug for Alzheimer's disease

An international team led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has selected a third investigational drug to be tested in a worldwide clinical trial - already underway - aimed at finding treatments to prevent Alzheimer's disease. [More]
Frequent sauna bathing can reduce dementia risk, study finds

Frequent sauna bathing can reduce dementia risk, study finds

Frequent sauna bathing can reduce the risk of dementia, according to a recent study carried out at the University of Eastern Finland. In a 20-year follow-up, men taking a sauna 4-7 times a week were 66% less likely to be diagnosed with dementia than those taking a sauna once a week. [More]
Risks of dementia and Alzheimer's disease develop at high rates in older kidney transplant recipients

Risks of dementia and Alzheimer's disease develop at high rates in older kidney transplant recipients

Dementia and Alzheimer's disease develop at elevated rates in older kidney transplant recipients and may threaten the health of their transplanted organ as well as their own survival. [More]
Rutgers expert shares tips for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving during the holidays

Rutgers expert shares tips for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregiving during the holidays

The holidays can be an especially challenging time for family caregivers of people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. [More]
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