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Making a Difference with Alzheimer’s Disease Research

Some amount of memory loss is normal with age. Forgetting your keys, having trouble recalling something new, and needing more time to remember something are common when aging. Unfortunately, many may be unaware of when it’s time to get help for memory loss. Over 50 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of […]

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness

  Whether you have been directly affected by Alzheimer’s disease or not, no one is immune to developing it. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that causes progressive brain and memory impairment until a person loses all-important mental functions. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s, and available treatments only temporarily slow the progression of the […]

Parkinson’s Disease: The Importance of Clinical Trials

  There is still a lot we don’t know about Parkinson’s, but clinical research and trials are changing that. “Improving your symptoms and maintaining an active and positive lifestyle,” is the foundation of learning to live with Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. There is no cure for PD, but it […]

Coronavirus and Parkinson’s Disease: What You Need to Know

In response to the Coronavirus, adults with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers have taken extra precautions to prevent the disease from spreading. Given that older adults and those with pre-existing conditions are at higher risk of contracting the disease, Brain Matters Research highlights essential points on the novel Coronavirus and Parkinson’s disease. What is the […]

Common Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

An American is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every 9 minutes. Presently, there is no definitive test to diagnose Parkinson’s. So, a physician will look for whether the possible symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are present or not by talking with the patient while completing a thorough neurologic assessment. Parkinson’s disease, or PD, is a chronic, progressive […]

When to Seek Help for Memory Loss

Mild to moderate memory loss is a part of the typical aging process, but did you know it could be the sign of something more? We know that memory loss is a hallmark symptom of Alzheimer’s but can also be the result of other health conditions. Early intervention, in either case, can help identify causes […]

Memory Loss: What Is Normal

Experiencing and learning new things is an everyday occurrence. Your brain can only remember so many of those new things, and so it decides what is worth remembering. Memory is the process of storing and then recalling this information. Many people look at it as a filing cabinet. It doesn’t always work perfectly, and changes […]

How to Manage Living with Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. Every year, approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with PD. The cause of it remains unclear, and there is no cure. Parkinson’s itself is not fatal, but complications can be severe, so knowing more about it and how it progresses, is vital. […]

Health & Science PET scans show many Alzheimer’s patients may not actually have the disease

Tara Bahrampour — Washington Post A significant portion of people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia who are taking medication for Alzheimer’s may not actually have the disease, according to interim results of a major study underway to see how PET scans could change the nature of Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment. The findings, presented Wednesday […]

Caffeine Boosts Dementia-Fighting Enzyme

Caffeine increases the enzyme called NMNAT2 in the brain. This creates a chemical ‘blockade’ against dementia. Learn how caffeine and 23 other compounds can protect you. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A study by Indiana University researchers has identified 24 compounds — including caffeine — with the potential to boost an enzyme in the brain shown to […]