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Stuart Miles

Slow Gait Contributes to Cognitive Decline

A common symptom in older adults, motoric cognitive risk syndrome (MCR) is a newly developed diagnosis characterized by cognitive symptoms and slow gait in patients without dementia, is now an early risk factor for cognitive decline, a new study has found. The researchers found that 9.7% of older adults around the world had MCR, with […]
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New Protein Structure Could Help Treat Alzheimer’s

While there is no current cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the research community is one step closer to finding treatment. Bioengineers at the University of Washington have designed a peptide structure that can stop harmful changes of the body’s normal proteins from folding into structures, linked to widespread diseases such as […]
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Vitamin B is No Help for Alzheimer’s disease

A new review says that taking B vitamins does not help to slow age-related mental decline or prevent Alzheimer’s disease. People who have Alzheimer’s have high blood levels of a compound called homocysteine, and people with elevated levels of the compound have been shown to be at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s. It is known […]
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How to Convince a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Symptoms to Go to the Doctor

In a 2014 report, the Alzheimer’s Association stated that someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s every 67 seconds and that currently, 5.2 million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer’s disease Facts and Figures report also stated that 500,000 people die every year because they have the condition. Because the disease progresses […]
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Veterans with Brain Injury at Risk for Alzheimer’s

New research suggests that veterans who have experienced a traumatic brain injury are at an increased risk for developing dementia. Researchers found they were 60 percent more likely to be diagnosed with dementia before someone without a brain injury. However, the study was able to prove an association but not a cause-and-effect relationship.     […]
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Easing the Transition to Elder Care

Getting old is inevitable, but for those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, there is a constant need for assistance in everyday life. While making the decision to place a loved one in an elder care facility can be difficult, it may be the best thing you can do for them. This is essential […]
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Gardening for Dementia Patients May Provide Sensory Stimulation

It is no surprise that being outdoors can improve stress or lessen the chances of cancer, but new research suggests that being outdoors may even trigger memories for those suffering from mental decline, or dementia. According to the new study, outdoor spaces, such as a garden, can have a positive impact on the mental and […]

Singing Songs to Alzheimer’s Patients May Help Them Speak

In the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, language deteriorates and patients tend to speak less and less. However a small study suggests that using music therapy could help people with middle- to late-stage Alzheimer’s strike up communication.     For the small study, six patients ages 65 to 83 attended group music therapy sessions twice […]
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Alzheimer’s Treatment May be Easier than we Think

A new body of research, put out by the National Institutes of Health, shifts the focus of Alzheimer’s treatment away from amyloid beta and tau proteins in the brain and highlights the biological actors: glucose and insulin. It is suggested that by lowering a person’s blood sugar could help ward off the symptoms of dementia. […]
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So You’ve Been Diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s. What Now?

A diagnosis of younger-onset Alzheimer’s may not be what you had planned at this point in your life, but with a little planning and preparation, you have the power to choose how to live your life with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is considered younger-onset if it affects someone younger than 65 and can be in […]