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Heroic Man Loses Battle to Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

In 2010, the Boston Globe started following Bruce Vincent, a popular grocery store owner in Westminster, MA, when he and his family chose to go public with his early-onset Alzheimer’s illness. Bruce recently lost his battle with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 51 and chose to donate his brain to researchers at Massachusetts General …

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Determining Your Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s

While doctors have not been able to identify who will develop Alzheimer’s disease, they have been able to note a few factors that could increase your risk of suffering from this form of dementia. Unfortunately, the number one factor cannot be avoided: getting older. Alzheimer’s disease targets those over 65, and your change doubles every …

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Non-Medical Therapies for Alzheimer’s

Sometimes the best way to help a loved one with Alzheimer’s is to reach past the mind. That is why doctors and caregivers recommend trying non-medical therapies such as adding music, art, pets, and a variety of other non-medical therapies to more traditional Alzheimer’s treatments. Oftentimes, these activities can help the person get past the …

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Give Your Memory a Jolt with Caffeine

Having trouble remember where you left your keys? A double shot of espresso could help. A new study suggests that the same amount of caffeine you would find in a grande latte can enhance long-term memory in humans. “We report for the first time a specific effect of caffeine on reducing forgetting over 24 hours,” …

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Younger People Recalling Things Better

As you start to age, your memory power and ability to remember information degrades. According to researchers from Vanderbilt University, it is not that older people, as they age, don’t remember things; it’s just that they can’t remember them as well as young people because the latter recall memories in, what they call “high definition”. …

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Give Your Brain a Rest

For many years neurologists have been advising kids with sports-related concussions to give their brains a rest by not only avoiding any physical activity, but also, by taking a rest from cognitive challenges such as reading, texting or playing video games for several days. However, that advice was never backed by evidence that it did …

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Living at Home with Dementia

A new research study done at Johns Hopkins suggests that dementia patients that remain at home have multiple unmet health and welfare needs, any of which could jeopardize their ability to live at home for as long as they want to. The researchers say that a number of things related to caregiver needs and patient …

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Alzheimer’s: What You Need to Know

  Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have used high-resolution functional MRI (fMRI) imagining of patients with Alzheimer’s and have classified three fundamental issues regarding the disease: where it starts, why it starts there, and how it spreads. These findings, which were published in the online edition of the journal Nature Neuroscience, could advance …

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The Brain Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

  Researchers at Washington University are in the process of making the first interactive wiring diagram of a living, working human brain. Comprised of over 1200 volunteers, researchers are doing brain scans and cognitive, psychological, physical and genetic assessments, and are almost a third of the way through collecting research. Next is processing of data, …

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“Music and Memory” Brings IPods to Nursing Homes

“Music and Memory” was founded by Dan Cohan when he asked himself, “‘if I’m ever in a nursing home, would I be able to have my favorite 60s music?” In response to this question, Cohan did a search of nursing homes that use iPods and his search came up empty. Research suggests that music can …

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