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Sleep Difficulties in Men Could Signal Alzheimer’s

Men with self-reported sleep disorders may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease compared to men without them. A new study followed more than 1,000 men, who were initially 50 years old, between the years 1970 and 2010.     At the 40 year follow-up period, Swedish researchers found self-reported sleep disturbances were […]
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In Older Adults, Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Dementia

For adults over the age of 55, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be linked to an increased risk of dementia, a new study suggests. This is not the first study to link TBI and dementia, but researchers say that previous studies have not found the direct link and were subject to limitations. The CDC […]
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Multi-Sensory Environments Benefit People Living with Dementia

Unveiling a new guide for care homes, Dr. Anke Jakob, from Kingston University London, and Dr. Lesley Collier, from the University of Southampton, shed new light on the positive impact multi-sensory environments can have when caring for people living with dementia. This guide highlights the need for having a space specifically designed for people living […]
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Nonmotor Skills Could Signal Dementia in Parkinson ’s Disease

In a new study researchers have found a set of nonmotor and nondopaminergic motor features that predict dementia in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD). These include orthostatic hypotension, impaired color vision and REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), according to Ronald Postuma, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and study co-authors.     These findings were the […]
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Walnuts Protect Against Alzheimer’s Disease

A new snack may reduce the risk of developing, or even prevent, Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. A new study conducted on mice found significant improvement in learning skills, memory, reducing anxiety, and motor development when they were fed a diet rich in walnuts. Led by Dr. Abha Chauhan at the New York State […]
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Cold Sores Could Increase Risk of Alzheimer’s

Two studies claim that an infection of herpes simplex virus can increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Researcher Hugo Lövheim, associate professor at the Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine, Umeå University, said, “Our results clearly show that there is a link between infections of herpes simplex virus and the risk of developing […]
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Preventing Dementia in High Risk People

With the number of dementia cases expected to grow, an international research group is leading a world-first effort to determine how to prevent dementia in high risk individuals. Researchers will use new electronic and web-based interventions to target dementia risk factors in 40,000 people aged 50 to 80 years. These risk factors include hypertension, diabetes, […]
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Researchers Replicate Alzheimer’s Brain Cells in Petri Dish

Using animals for research relating to Alzheimer’s disease has proven to be difficult due to the fact that engineers have not been able to genetically alter mice to produce the tau tangles that contribute to the disease. However, researchers have overcome a major barrier that could pave the way to major breakthroughs in the field […]
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Curiosity May Boost Memory

When you are curious about a topic, you tend to learn more about it. Now, researchers are able to see what’s going on in the brain during that process, revealing that curiosity may give a person a memory boost. “Curiosity may put the brain in a state that allows it to learn and retain any […]
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Nobel Peace Prize Winners Open Window to Alzheimer’s

Three scientists won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work on discovering cells in the brain that act as the body’s internal global positioning system, which opens a window to new Alzheimer’s research. When diagnosed with dementia, these cells are the first to go, which explains why patients eventually lose their way, but understanding how […]