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People who progress from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes before the age of 60 face a significantly higher risk of dementia, according to new research.
Un nuevo estudio revela que los perros con esta forma canina de demencia experimentan cambios en su ciclo de sueño al igual que las personas con Alzheimer.
A new study finds dogs with the canine form of dementia experience changes in their sleep cycle like people with Alzheimer’s.
Researchers discover a link between find particulate matter and an increased risk of dementia -- even when exposure to the pollutant is less than what’s allowed by the EPA.
As the US population ages, dementia and cancer appear together more often, leaving patients, caregivers and doctors with difficult decisions.
Researchers say it’s never too late to make healthy lifestyle changes that help prevent memory loss, language problems and other symptoms of dementia.
A new study raises questions about the power of the Mediterranean diet alone to stave off dementia.
Dogs older than 10 face a significant risk of canine cognitive decline, researchers say.
Prediabetes often precedes type 2 diabetes, the form of the disease most closely tied to obesity.
A new study suggests that the timing of this transition may set the stage for dementia in later years.
Prediabetes refers to blood sugar or glucose levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be defined as diabetes.
Researchers found that folks who were diagnose...
MONDAY, May 15, 2023 -- Researchers have discovered a genetic mutation that should actively protect people from Alzheimer's, thanks to a man belonging to a Colombian family known to be susceptible to the degenerative brain disease.
Based on his family's genetics, this unnamed patient should have started showing signs of Alzheimer's in his 40s.
“They start getting impaired at age 4...
Mother's Day can require some creative thinking when your mom has dementia.
“Mother's Day is a time to honor the special mother figures in your life, and if your loved one lives with dementia, it can continue to be special with a few adaptations,” said Jennifer ...
A medication to treat agitation in Alzheimer's patients now has approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA gave supplemental approval to Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company Ltd., and Lundbeck Inc. for Rexulti (brexpiprazole) oral tablets on Thursday. Rexulti is the first FDA-approved treatment for these symptoms.
“Agitation is one of the most common and challenging asp...
Poor sleep brought on by sleep apnea may ultimately undermine the brain health of older men and women, new research suggests.
The concern stems from a new brain scan investigation that involved 140 sleep apnea patients.
“Sleep apnea is a medical condition in which patients ... stop breathing during sleep, which can affect their sleep quality by causing multiple arousals and droppi...
Researchers have isolated for the first time a free-floating form of amyloid beta that appears to be a key driver of Alzheimer's disease.
Further, they argue that a newly approved Alzheimer's drug — lecanemab (Leqembi) — directly targets these small, complex chains of amyloid beta (A-beta) called fibrils. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved lecanemab in January.
People who repeatedly suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may be more apt to develop Alzheimer's disease, new research shows.
TBI can result from direct hits to the head or from indirect sources such as shockwaves from battlefield explosions.
The brains of otherwise healthy military personnel who were exposed to explosions were found to have an abnormal accumulation of amyloid-bet...
In a world increasingly consumed by social media, much has been made of the amount of time younger generations spend online every day — and the harms that habit can bring.
But now a new study of older adults suggests that regular internet use may actually be a boon for older Americans, staving off the long-term risk for dementia.
“We studied the association between internet usag...
Getting good sleep is an important part of wellness for many reasons, but new research suggests deep sleep may even guard against memory loss linked to Alzheimer's.
While disrupted sleep has been linked with accumulating beta-amyloid plaques in the brain faster, scientists found that superior amounts of deep, slow-wave sleep can be protective against memory decline in those with a high bu...
It's expected that seniors slow down physically as they age, but this could be a sign of more than just lost muscle strength, a new study suggests. In some, it may be a harbinger of dementia.
Australian researchers said the findings may help health professionals to identify dementia risk in patients earlier.
“Both grip strength and TUG tests [for balance and mobility]...
Like people, man's best friend can get dementia with aging.
And these older dogs sleep less deeply when they develop the condition, just as people with Alzheimer's disease do, according to research that included problem-solving tasks and brain wave measurements.
“Our study is the first to evaluate the association between cognitive impairment and sleep using polysomnography -- the ...
Taking a particular sleep medication may help stave off Alzheimer's disease, but it's too soon to say for sure after a preliminary study.
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that participants who took a sleeping pill called suvorexant before bed had a drop in levels of key Alzheimer's disease proteins.
“This is a small, proof-of-concept study...
Is there a simple way to screen older folks for dementia risk years before there are any signs of memory loss or thinking impairment?
Yes, researchers report.
It's a test called SOMI, short for Stages of Objective Memory Impairment.
The process is straightforward. After being shown a series of images, patients who have no symptoms of dementia are asked to recall what they've ...
For people with the abnormal heartbeat atrial fibrillation, a procedure called catheter ablation may do more than return the heart to its normal rhythm. It may also ward off mental decline and dementia linked to A-fib, a new study says.
Researchers found that people who receive catheter ablation in addition to medical management for A-fib may be almost 40% less likely to develop cognitive...
Can treating hearing loss lower your chances of developing dementia down the road?
Maybe, claims new research that found that folks who are experiencing hearing loss and don't use a hearing aid may have a higher risk of developing dementia than people who use hearing aids and those without hearing loss.
The study wasn't designed to say how untreated hearing loss may up the risk...
Cutting-edge AI technologies that can detect subtle changes in a person's voice may help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's disease and other cognitive impairments even before other symptoms begin.
In a new study, researchers used advanced machine learning and natural...
Be forewarned: High blood pressure in your 30s may lead to poorer brain health in your 70s.
A new study suggests that treating the condition in young and middle-aged adults may help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease later on, especially in men.
For the study, researchers examine...
Sleep apnea is a very disruptive breathing disorder that's believed to rob millions of Americans of sound, restful sleep.
Now, a small, new study suggests the disorder may also prompt a decline in brain health among middle-aged men who have no other significant health issues.
That decline can manifest as significant memory loss, less impulse control, impaired spatial reasoning, and...
Exposure to air pollution may increase the risk of developing dementia, according to a review of prior research.
The new Harvard study is the latest look at a host of health issues — from dementia to heart disease and stroke — linked to pollutants such as fine particulate matter (PM2.5), as well as nitrogen oxide and nitrogen dioxide.
The findings support the need to streng...
A new national Alzheimer's disease and dementia database could be a game changer for research on the memory-robbing condition that now affects more than 6 million Americans.
Planning has begun at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to fund the data platform. A $300 million grant for the six-ye...
TUESDAY, April 4, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Women are known to be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men, and now a new brain scan study suggests the timing of both menopause and hormone replacement therapy use may play a role in this increased risk.
“Female sex, earlier age-at-menopause and delayed use of hormone therapy were all associated with higher levels of...
There is little doubt that caregiving for someone with dementia can be demanding and challenging, and that knowing how best to care for both the patient and yourself can be hard to figure out.
Here are some tips to help you navigate this difficult time and be the best caregiver you can be for your loved one.
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It's long been thought that working out helps a person stay sharp, but a new review argues there's little solid scientific evidence for the mental benefits of physical exercise.
Individual clinical trial results have tended to support the idea that regular exercise helps maintain brain health.
But a combined review of 109 trials involving more than 11,000 healthy folks found evidenc...
For some older adults, thinning bones may be a harbinger of waning memory, a new study suggests.
The study, of more than 3,600 older adults, found that those with relatively low bone density were at greater risk of being diagnosed with dementia within the next decade. The one-third of participants with the lowest bone mass at the hip faced double the risk of dementia as the third with the...
Problems walking and talking or thinking at the same time might be a warning sign of impending dementia, a new study suggests.
Being unable to juggle two tasks simultaneously has been recognized as a sign of mental (or "cognitive") decline after age 65, but this research shows that the ability actually starts to fall off in middle-age. The finding could spur calls for earlier screening, r...
Older adults often develop delirium after surgery, and new research finds this is associated with a faster rate of mental decline.
The study highlights the importance of preventing delirium to preserve brain health in older adults who undergo surgery, according to the authors.
“Whether delirium causes this faster rate of decline, or is simply a marker of those who are at risk of e...
It's well-established that American football players can suffer significant brain impacts as they age.
Now, new research shows that elite European soccer players are also more likely than the average person to develop dementia.
Men in the Swedish top soccer division between 1924 and 2019 were 1.5 times more likely to develop neurodegenerative disease than those in a control group.
Alzheimer's is one of the most common and serious diseases of aging, yet many older adults with memory issues are not telling their doctors about their struggles.
That's according to a new report from the Alzheimer's Association that focuses on whether doctors and patients are discussing early warning signs of the disease. The answer, often, is no.
In focus group discussions, the as...
Diabetes is a known risk factor for mental decline and dementia. Paired with total tooth loss, the potential harm to the brain is even more significant, new research indicates.
The findings highlight the importance of good dental care and diabetes control in aging adults, said
Hurricanes not only disrupt the communities they affect, they also pose an increased risk of death for people with dementia.
This heightened risk could owe to disruption in their normal routines, changes in their living environment or even changes in access to caregiving or medications, a University of Michigan researcher said.
"The important message is that older adults with dement...
The common irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation (a-fib) may increase the risk of dementia, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that people newly diagnosed with a-fib had a 13% higher risk of developing dementia, the progressive loss of memory and thinking skills. The risk was even higher ...
Elderly adults who eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, fish and other healthy fare may take years off their "brain age," a new study suggests.
Researchers found that seniors with either of two healthy eating patterns -- the Mediterranean and MIND diets -- showed fewer brain "plaques," abnormal protein clumps that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease.
In fact, people with the high...
Can vitamin D lower dementia risk?
Quite possibly, a team of British and Canadian researchers report.
In their study, investigators spent roughly a decade tracking more than 12,000 older people. None had dementia at the start of the study period. In the end, the team determined that those who had been taking vitamin D supplements during that time appeared to face a 40% lower ri...
America's aging population means that more families are soon going to be grappling with a heartbreaking issue -- a loved one living with dementia who then develops cancer.
These families will have to work their way through a series of tough decisions regarding screening, treatment and end-of-life care, a new report warns.
People with dementia already start out at a disadvantage as f...
If it's good for your heart, it's good for your brain, too.
This is the main message from a new study showing that seven heart-healthy habits can lower your chances of developing dementia down the road. This list includes being active, eating better, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, having healthy blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, and keeping blood sugar (or "glucose") le...
When Black patients struggle with dementia, they are less likely to receive helpful medications than their white peers, a new study warns.
Researchers looked at how often patients received one or more of five classes of medications commonly given to dementia patients living at home.
The study builds on prior research that has identified a racial gap in use of dementia medicine among...
Causes of different kinds of dementia vary, but about 40% are affected by risk factors a person can influence through lifestyle choices.
Two University of Michigan neurologists offer 10 tips for modifying those risks.
Taking laxatives regularly to ease constipation may up your chances of developing dementia down the road, a new study suggests.
This risk is even higher among folks who use multiple types of laxatives or osmotic laxatives, which work by drawing water into stool.
Previous research has linked other over-the-counter drugs, including non-prescription sleep aids and allergy medicati...
Regular exercise at some point in life is a key to better cognitive health in old age, researchers say. Starting sooner is better and sustaining it longer are, too.
A new British study has found that exercising at least once a month at any time in adulthood is linked to better ...
Living closer to outdoor spaces and natural water may be better for your mental health, researchers say.
A new study finds that close proximity to nature may reduce an older person's risk for serious psychological distress. That distress can lead to mild impairment of thinking and memory, as well as dementia.
The study is scheduled for presentation at a meeting of the American Acade...
Even modest drinking can speed up the loss of brain cells and formation of the plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, research in mice shows.
These plaques are an accumulation of toxic proteins.
“These findings suggest alcohol might accelerate the pathological cascade of Alzheimer's disease in its early stages,” said study co-author
Actor Bruce Willis' health issues have worsened, his family announced Thursday, revealing that he has now been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.
The condition typically starts between the ages of 45 and 65 and is the most common form of dementia for people under 60, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Willis is 67.
Willis' family had first announced last March that he had be...
What do race and early education have to do with dementia risk among seniors?
Quite a bit, a new study suggests.
Researchers spent decades tracking the onset of dementia among nearly 21,000 U.S. seniors, before reaching two main conclusions.
Taking good care of your teeth -- brushing, flossing, regular dental checkups -- is, of course, important for good health. Now researchers say it's also vital for brain health.
While it was already clear that poor dental health could increase stroke and heart disease risk, a new study funds that adults who are genetically prone to have cavities, dentures and missing teeth are also more li...
Seniors who frequently take sleeping medications may be raising their risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study warns.
Sleep medications are one of the most commonly used medications in older adults, the authors say, but their frequent use may not be without harm.
Researchers found that older white adults who said they “often” or “almost always” took sleep ai...
Tying the knot is now tied to healthier aging brains: People who stay married for the long haul may gain some protection from dementia, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that compared with both divorced people and lifelong singles, older adults in a long-term marriage were less likely to develop dementia. Roughly 11% were diagnosed with dementia after age 70, versus 12% to 14% of t...
Winter weather can add a layer of danger to the wandering behavior common in people with dementia.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) offers some suggestions to help prevent wandering and prepare folks to react quickly if it occurs.
“During the winter, it's especially important for families living in areas affected by cold weather, snow and ice,” said
People who suffer a heart attack or stroke in middle age may develop memory and thinking problems earlier in life, too, a new study finds.
The study, published online Jan. 25 in the journal Neurology, focused on people who had developed premature cardiovascular disease. That refers...
A lot of people wear watches that count their every step as they try to move more.
Now, a new study finds that getting more of those steps each day, along with moderate-to-vigorous physical exercise, could cut the risk of dementia and thinking impairments for women.
For women aged 65 or older, each additional 31 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity was associat...
A good physical workout benefits an older brain. So does socializing. Put those two together and the payoff may be even bigger.
Researchers in Japan found that link in a new study that looked at exercising solo and in a group.
"Exercise is manageable for many older people, and we saw cognitive benefits from it compared with those who don't exercise," said study senior author