Dementia News
March 28, 2020

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How the Eyes Might Be Windows to the Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Researchers say that measuring how quickly a person's pupil dilates while they are taking cognitive tests may be a low-cost, low-invasive method to aid in screening individuals at increased genetic ... read more

Biochemists Discover New Insights Into What May Go Awry in Brains of Alzheimer's Patients

Three decades of research on Alzheimer's disease have not produced major treatment advances for patients. Researchers now report new insights that ... read more

Genes Linked to Alzheimer's Risk, Resilience ID'd

Scientists have identified a pair of genes that influence risk for both late-onset and early-onset Alzheimer's ... read more

An Alternate Theory for What Causes Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia among the elderly, is characterized by plaques and tangles in the brain, with most efforts at finding a cure focused on these abnormal ... read more
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Blood Test Method May Predict Alzheimer's Protein Deposits in Brain

Researchers report an advance in the development of a blood test that could help detect pathological Alzheimer's disease in people who are showing signs of dementia. This approach could be less ... read more

Widowhood Accelerates Cognitive Decline Among Those at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

A new study finds that widowhood can have another profound effect: It may accelerate cognitive ... read more

Hearing Aids May Delay Cognitive Decline

Wearing hearing aids may delay cognitive decline in older adults and improve brain function, according to promising new research. Researchers have tested the use of hearing aids in almost 100 adults ... read more

Iron in Brain Shows Cognitive Decline in People With Parkinson's

A cutting-edge MRI technique to detect iron deposits in different brain regions can track declines in thinking, memory and movement in people with Parkinson's disease, finds a new ... read more

Memory Games: Eating Well to Remember

A healthy diet is essential to living well, but should we change what we eat as we age? Researchers have found strong evidence of the link between food groups and memory loss and its comorbidities. ... read more

Beta-Arrestin-2 Increases Neurotoxic Tau Driving Frontotemporal Dementia

The certain protein increases the accumulation of neurotoxic tau tangles, a cause several forms of dementia, by interfering with removal of excess tau from the brain, a new study ... read more

Subtle Decline in Cognition Predicts Progression to Alzheimer's Pathology

Researchers report that abnormal levels of beta-amyloid plaques in brain predict cognitive decline and higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, but also that cognitive performance predicts ... read more

Can Bilingualism Protect the Brain Even With Early Stages of Dementia?

Psychology researchers provide new evidence that bilingualism can delay symptoms of dementia. Researchers found bilingualism provides the brain with greater cognitive reserve, delaying onset of ... read more

Simple Blood Test Could Help Predict Progression of Parkinson's Disease

In order to provide the best medical care for newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, a method of predicting their cognitive and motor progression, beyond using purely clinical ... read more

Taller Young Men May Have Lower Dementia Risk

Men who are taller in young adulthood, as an indicator of early-life circumstances, may have a lower risk of dementia in old age, suggests a new ... read more

How the Brain's Immune System Could Be Harnessed to Improve Memory

Inflammation can send the brain's immune cells into damaging hyperdrive, an effect that has been linked to neurodegenerative diseases that affect memory, like dementia. A new study finds these ... read more

Gene ID'd as Potential Therapeutic Target for Dementia in Parkinson's

Researchers have discovered that the genetic variant APOE4 -- long linked to dementia -- spurs the spread of harmful clumps of Parkinson's proteins through the brain. The findings suggest that ... read more

Tumbleweeds or Fibrils: Tau Proteins Need to Choose

Simulations suggests two paths tau proteins may take in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's and Pick's ... read more

Can Lithium Halt Progression of Alzheimer's Disease?

In a new study, a team of researchers has shown that, when given in a formulation that facilitates passage to the brain, lithium in doses up to 400 times lower than what is currently being prescribed ... read more

Possible Alzheimer's Breakthrough Suggested

Researchers say they have identified a previously unknown gene and associated protein (which they have named 'aggregatin') which could potentially be suppressed to slow the advance of ... read more

Brain Blood Flow Sensor Discovery Could Aid Treatments for High Blood Pressure and Dementia

Scientists have discovered the mechanism that allows the brain to monitor its own blood supply, a finding in rats which may help to find new treatments for human conditions including hypertension ... read more

Protein Associated With Ovarian Cancer Exacerbates Neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's

Scientists have identified a protein found in ovarian cancer that may contribute to declining brain function and Alzheimer's disease, by combining computational methods and lab ... read more

Speech-Disrupting Brain Disease Reflects Patients' Native Tongue

English and Italian speakers with dementia-related language impairment experience distinct kinds of speech and reading difficulties based on features of their native languages, according to new ... read more

Losing a Night of Sleep May Increase Blood Levels of Alzheimer's Biomarker

A preliminary study has found that when young, healthy men were deprived of just one night of sleep, they had higher levels of tau -- a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease -- in their blood than ... read more

Lifestyle Choices Could Slow Familial Frontotemporal Dementia

A physically and mentally active lifestyle confers resilience to frontotemporal dementia (FTD), even in people whose genetic profile makes the eventual development of the disease virtually ... read more

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