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Missing Protein Could Signal Dementia

Researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK have conducted a study which suggests the absence of a protein, called the MK2/3 protein, is associated with the early signs of dementia. The MK2/3 protein regulates the shape of spines in postsynaptic neurons, which is how information in the brain is transferred. Those neurons lacking …

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Easing the Burden of Dementia with Mindfulness

According to a research study, mindfulness training can ease depression and improve sleep and quality of life for both people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. “The disease is challenging for the affected person, family members, and caregivers,” says study lead author Ken Paller, professor of psychology at Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at …

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Eyes Provide Clues for Rare Frontotemporal Dementia

Accounting for 10 to 15 percent of dementia cases, the rare frontotemporal dementia is similar to Alzheimer’s disease but attacks much earlier and can cause alarming behaviors. Patients typically forget the names of objects, say inappropriate things, and lose the capacity for empathy. Neuroscientists at the University of California, San Francisco, have found that before …

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Tips for Caregivers on Managing Bathroom Activities

When caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, managing bathroom activities can be difficult and uncomfortable. Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW, head of family support program at Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, N.C., “Even though the person with Alzheimer’s disease may not be able to take a bath or go to the toilet safely by themselves, …

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A Man’s Rare Condition May Lead to New Alzheimer’s Treatment

A man with a rare disease has shown scientists that there might be another way to try to stop the damage of Alzheimer’s disease. A mutation of the apolipoprotein E gene (apoE4) has been shown to raise the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and experts have wondered how dangerous it would be to treat patients …

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Depression and Cognitive Impairment Tied to Faster Brain Aging

For adults over 65, having depression and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) can leave the person vulnerable to accelerated brain aging, according to a new study. Meryl A. Butters, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and senior investigator on the study, said that older adults with depression already …

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Teen Wins Grand Prize for Alzheimer’s Invention

A teenager from New York, whose grandfather suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, took home the Scientific American Science in Action Award for his invention to aid those with the disease. Kenneth Shinozuka, 15, created wearable sensors that send mobile alerts when a dementia patient begins to wander away from bed, officials of the contest said.   …

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High Blood Pressure in Middle Age Linked to Cognitive Decline

A new observational study suggests that hypertension in middle age could contribute to cognitive decline in the next 20 years. Rebecca F. Gottesman, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins, and colleagues found that high blood pressure between the ages of 48 and 67 was associated with 0.056 z score-points of a decline in cognition over 20 …

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Alzheimer’s Fight Focused on Preventive Treatment

Presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, one of the largest randomized prevention trials to date found that targeting the prevention or delay of Alzheimer’s disease is more beneficial than trying to treat those who already have the disease. Researchers who conducted the trial found that intervention involving exercise, diet and other behavioral changes improved …

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