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Can Peanut Butter Confirm Alzheimer’s? The Peanut Butter Sniff Test

A spoonful of peanut butter and a rule could be one way to confirm and diagnose the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in the McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste at the University of Florida, came up with the idea of using peanut butter when working with Kenneth Heilman, […]
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The Reason Memory Fades

A new study shows that contact with common types of infections could be associated with memory problems. However, researchers note that further research is needed to draw concrete conclusions. Lead author, Dr. Clinton Wright, scientific director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Miami, said, “We are worried about memory decline. […]
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Amnesia Patients’ Brain Illuminates how Memory Works

Researchers report that a 3-D brain scan of a man who lived with total amnesia for 55 years could reveal clues about what caused his memory loss and how the memory works. Henry Molaison (often referred to as H.M.) underwent brain surgery for epilepsy in 1953 and then lost the ability to store memories. The […]
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Brain Implants for Memory Loss

The Pentagon is continuing its search for new therapies to help brain-injured veterans, including brain implants for memory loss and Transcendental Meditation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In 2001 and 2003, more than 280,000 military service members and veterans had suffered brain injuries. The Department of Veterans Affairs will spend some $4.2 billion annually from […]
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Blood Pressure Protein and Alzheimer’s Brain

While researchers still have not found a cure for Alzheimer’s, the process that causes it to worsen, which includes the formation of plaques and inflammation, may be reversed. Researchers from Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles have found a protein linked to high blood pressure that could induce an immune response against Alzheimer’s.   […]
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Having Hobbies Could Protect Against Aging in the Brain

Ask Bill Whitaker, 80, anything about cars and he has an answer. He speaks with passion when taking about his prized possessions: a 1954 Hudson Hornet convertible, or his latest purchase, a 2002 Ford Thunderbird with just 1,500 miles on it.     Recently retired, Bill is able to devote his time to collecting and […]
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Connecting with Someone who has Alzheimer’s

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can take a lot of time and patience, and can be frustrating at times. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2012, over 15 million caregivers and family members spent 17 billion hours caring for people with the condition.     If you have a friend of loved one […]
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Students Design Products for Adults with Dementia

Anyone who cares for a loved one with dementia, will want to say “thank you” to the seven finalists of the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge. Stanford, in collaboration with Aging 2.0, challenged graduate and undergraduate college students from around the world to design products that would keep individuals with cognitive impairments as independent […]
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High Estrogen Levels Tied to Dementia in Women

According to a new study, published in the online journal, Neurology, older women with both high estrogen levels and diabetes have a significantly higher risk of dementia, compared to older women without these combined conditions. Previous studies have shown a link between diabetes and dementia and, last year, Medical News Today reported on a study […]
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Former NFL Players Tested for Dementia

NFL Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure has taken thousands of hits to the head and recently has had troubling symptoms including sudden anger, depression, and sleeplessness. He is sure that he has the devastating brain disease CTE based on tests that have still to be scientifically proven. Currently, scientific evidence says it can only be […]