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18 Oct

Adult ADHD Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

A new study finds adults with ADHD are nearly 3 times more likely to develop dementia compared to those without the condition.

11 Aug

Popular Heartburn Drugs May Raise Dementia Risk

In a new study, people who took acid reflux drugs for more than 4.4 years were significantly more likely to develop dementia in later life.

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Use of 'Benzo' Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax Won't Raise Dementia Risk: Study

Benzodiazepines do not appear to increase dementia risk, but could have subtle long-term effects on brain structure, a new study reports.

Researchers found no link between use of the sedative drug and a higher risk of dementia in a group of more than 5,400 adults in the Netherlands, according to findings published July 2 in the journal

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  • July 4 Tips for Folks Caring for People With Alzheimer's

    Big pops of noise and light are always a part of Independence Day celebrations.

    But the "rocket's red glare" (and bang) can be disorienting and upsetting for people struggling with Alzheimer's.

    An expert offers up four key tips for caregivers on how to make this...

    Certain Prostate Meds Might Help Prevent Dementia

    Prostate medications might help reduce the risk of a specific type of dementia, a new study suggests.

    People were less likely to develop Lewy body dementia when taking drugs designed to treat urinary symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate, researchers reported June 19 in the journal Neurology.

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    Inherited Alzheimer's: Whether It's From Mom or Dad Could Matter

    Genetics can play a role in a person's odds for Alzheimer's disease, and new research suggests differences in that risk are based on which parent had the illness.

    In a study of 4,400 people still "cognitively unimpaired," there was higher buildup of am...

    Could Moms of Low-Birth-Weight Babies Face Higher Dementia Risk Later?

    Women who deliver low-birth-weight babies could be more likely to have memory and thinking problems later in life, a new study warns.

    As seniors, these women had brain test scores that indicated one to two years of additional aging in their memory and thinking skills, compared with women who delivered normal-weight babies, according to results published June 12 in the journal

    9/11 Responders May Face Higher Odds for Dementia

    After helping America through one of its worst tragedies, some responders to the events of 9/11 may now face another foe: Heightened risks for dementia.

    A new study looks at the health of thousands of firemen, construction workers and others who worked at the World Trade Center (WTC) si...

    FDA Advisors Support New Alzheimer's Drug

    A U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted unanimously on Monday to recommend that the benefits of a new drug for Alzheimer's outweigh its harms, which can include brain swelling and bleeding.

    Eli Lilly's donanemab did slow declines in thinking skills in patients with early-stage Alzheimer's: Company data showed patient...

    Lifestyle Changes May Slow or Prevent Alzheimer's in People at High Risk

    New research shows that a set of healthy lifestyle habits can help preserve brain function in folks with mild cognitive impairment or early dementia.

    About 71% of patients who ate healthy, exercised regularly and engaged in stress management had their dementia symptoms either remain stable or improve without the use of any

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  • June 7, 2024
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  • Have High Blood Pressure? Weekly Workout May Lower Risk to Your Brain

    Vigorous exercise more than once a week can lower the risk of dementia for people with high blood pressure, a new clinical trial shows.

    People who engaged each week in vigorous physical activity had lower rates of mild cognitive impairment and dementia despite their h...

    Subtle Mental Declines Occur Before Older Folk Quit Driving

    One of the toughest decisions seniors face is when to give up their keys and stop driving.

    Even slight changes to the ability to remember, think and reason can lead a senior to decide to stop driving, a new study finds.

    Impaired cognitive function foreshadows the decision of many seniors ...

    Ultra-Processed Foods Could Be Harming Your Brain

    Ultra-processed foods are bad for more than your waistline: New research shows they seem to raise the risk of stroke and dementia-related memory or thinking problems.

    A 10% increase in the amount of ultra-processed foods a person eats is associated with a 16% higher risk of cognitive problems, researchers f...

    Science Pinpoints Nutrients Crucial to Brain Health

    Specific nutrients could play a pivotal role in the healthy aging of your brain, a new study finds.

    What's more, those nutrients correlate closely with those found in the Mediterranean diet, an eating pattern already associated with healthy brain aging, researchers report.

    The identified nutrients “...

    Tips for Traveling With a Loved One With Alzheimer's

    Experts are expecting this Memorial Day weekend to be the busiest yet, with nearly 44 million Americans projected to travel between Thursday and Monday.

    A fair number of those travelers will have a companion suffering from Alzheimer's disease or another dementia-related illness, according to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA).

    “Taking a trip during Memorial Day Weekend ca...

    'Climbing the Ladder' in Life Could Stave Off Dementia

    Have you been socially and economically "upwardly mobile" through your life? If so, you may be doing your brain health a big favor, new Japanese research suggests.

    Folks who scored high in terms of "climbing the ladder" tended to avoid dementia or develop it years later than folks whose lives weren't on such a successful track, reported a team led by

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  • May 22, 2024
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  • Brain Decline, Dementia Common Among Older American Indians

    Higher rates of blood vessel-damaging conditions like hypertension or diabetes may be driving up rates of cognitive decline and dementia among older American Indians, new research shows.

    The study found that 54% of American Indians ages 72 to 95 had some form of impairment in their thinking and/or memory skills, while 10% had dementia.

    The underlying causes: Vascular (blood vessel)...

    Tips to Celebrating Mom on Her Day, Even When Dementia Intervenes

    Women account for two-thirds of all Americans living with Alzheimer's disease, which means this Mother's Day will be bittersweet for many families across the nation.

    “Mother's Day is all about honoring the mother figures in our lives who loved, nurtured, and supported us,” Jennifer Reeder, director of educationa...

    Gene Discovery Points to a New Form of Alzheimer's

    People who carry two copies of the gene mutation most strongly implicated in Alzheimer's disease are almost certain to develop brain changes related to the degenerative disorder, a new study says.

    A single mutated APOE4 gene has been found to pose the strongest genetics-driven risk factor for late-onset

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  • May 7, 2024
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  • Medicare Warnings Stop Nursing Homes From Overusing Antipsychotic Meds

    Warning letters sent by Medicare officials can prompt a decline in antipsychotic prescriptions for seniors with dementia, a new study finds.

    Letters sent to heavy prescribers of quetiapine (Seroquel), the most popular antipsychotic in the United States, led to a significant decline in drugs handed out to seniors, researchers reported Apr...

    Work That Challenges Your Brain Helps You Stay Sharp With Age

    Jobs that challenge your mind could help your brain age more gracefully, a new study suggests.

    The harder your brain works on the job, the less likely you are to have memory and thinking problems later in life, researchers reported April 17 in the journal Neurology.

    “We examined the demands of various jobs and found that cognitive stimulation at work during different sta...

    Antipsychotics May Do Great Harm to People With Dementia: Report

    Antipsychotics can substantially increase dementia patients' risk of many serious health problems, a new study warns.

    Dementia patients prescribed antipsychotics have increased risk of stroke, blood clots, heart attack, heart failure, bone fractures, pneumonia and kidney damage, researchers re...

    Researchers Probe Moments of Lucid Clarity Among People With Advanced Dementias

    Lucid episodes are an unexpected occurrence among people with late-stage Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

    But these spontaneous events -- in which a person temporarily regains an ability to communicate that appeared to be permanently lost -- are not always a sign of impending death, a recent study argues.

    Half the time, people live more than six months following their luci...

    These 3 Factors Make Your Brain More Vulnerable to Dementia

    Out of a host of possible risk factors for dementia, three really stood out in a new analysis: Diabetes, air pollution and alcohol.

    British and American researchers used brain scans to focus on a neurological network they labeled a "weak spot" in the brain. This network is known to be vulnerable to the effects of aging, as well as

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  • March 28, 2024
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  • Staying Social Vital for People With Alzheimer's, Caregivers

    People with dementia -- and their caregivers -- need active social lives to stay healthy, a new study reports.

    However, researchers found that both dementia patients and their caregivers had declining social connections as the disease progressed.

    Patients' social netw...

    Eating Healthy Slows 'Aging Clock,' Helping to Shield Your Brain From Dementia

    Scientists have long noticed that folks who eat healthy have healthier brains as they age, including lowered odds for dementia.

    Now, researchers believe they know why: Regimens like the heart-healthy Mediterranean or DASH diets appear to slow biological aging, helping to protect the brain.

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    Living in Poor Neighborhoods Ups  Risks for Dementia, Early Aging

    Doctors looking to help their patients head off dementia may want to ask for their address.

    An international team of researchers has linked accelerated brain aging and a higher risk of thinking declines to living in a poorer neighborhood. 

    "If you want to prevent dementia, and you're not asking someone about their neighborhood, you're missing information that's important to kno...

    Could War Zone Blasts Raise Veterans' Odds for Alzheimer's?

    Combat veterans who suffered traumatic brain injuries due to explosive blasts may have markers in their spinal fluid similar to those of Alzheimer's disease, new research finds.

    "Previous research has shown that moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries may increase a person's risk of Alzheimer's disease," said senior study author

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  • March 14, 2024
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  • FDA Delays Decision on New Alzheimer's Drug

    Instead of approving the new Alzheimer's drug donanemab this month, as was expected, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will now require the experimental medication be scrutinized more closely by an expert panel, the drug's maker said Friday.

    “The FDA has informed Lilly it wants to further understand topics related to evaluating the safety and efficacy of donanemab, including the saf...

    Tremor Could Point to Higher Odds for Dementia

    Dementia could three times more common among people suffering from essential tremor, a movement disorder that causes involuntary shaking, a new study suggests.

    “Not only do tremors affect a person's ability to complete daily tasks such writing and eating, our study suggests that people with essential trem...

    More Evidence Sleep Apnea Harms Thinking, Memory

    Sleep apnea could have detrimental effects on the brain, causing memory or thinking problems, a new study suggests.

    People suffering from sleep apnea are about 50% more likely to also report having memory or thinking problems, compared to those without sleep apnea, researchers say.

    “These findings highlight the importance of early screening for sleep apnea,” said researcher

    Impaired Sense of Direction Could Be Early Alzheimer's Sign

    Middle-aged folks who have difficulties navigating their way through space could be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease years later, a new study finds.

    “Very early symptoms of dementia can be subtle and difficult to detect, but problems with navigation are thought to be some of the first changes in Alzheimer's disease," noted

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  • February 29, 2024
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  • Yoga Brings Brain Benefits to Women at Risk for Alzheimer's

    In a new study, yoga appears to have bolstered the brain health of older women who had risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.

    The study can't prove that the ancient practice will slow or prevent the onset of Alzheimer's, but it did seem to reverse some forms of neurological decline, researchers said.

    “That is what yoga is good for -- to reduce stress, to improve brain health, subje...

    Fat Around Men's Pancreas Might Raise Odds for Alzheimer's

    Excess fat around your pancreas could bode ill for the health of your aging brain, new research shows.

    But maybe only if you're male: The relationship wasn't observed among women, noted the team from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

    “In middle-aged males at high Alzheimer's disease risk -- but not females --higher pancreatic fat was associated with lower cognition and bra...

    Wendy Williams Diagnosed With Frontotemporal Dementia

    Former talk show host Wendy Williams has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia and frontotemporal dementia, her representatives announced in a statement on Thursday.

    The conditions are the same diagnoses actor Bruce Willis received in 2022...

    Helping a Loved One With Dementia Enjoy Valentine's Day

    When a loved one has dementia, Valentine's Day can be bittersweet.

    "When dementia enters someone's life, it can change many things, including the dynamic of their relationships," said Jennifer Reeder, director of educational and social services for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. 

    That's why it's important to ...

    Dementia Care Costs Can Quickly Burn Through People's Savings: Study

    Dementia care can eat through the savings of cash-strapped seniors, a new study warns.

    The average senior with dementia in non-nursing residential care facilities spent 97% of their monthly income on long-term care, researchers found. Meanwhile, those living in nursing homes spend nearly 83% of their monthly income on their care, results show.

    “Because dementia is such an expensiv...

    Medical Tourism in Mexico Led to Deadly Fungal Illness for Americans

    Medical tourism to Mexico for cosmetic procedures exposed Americans to a deadly fungal infection last year, a new report shows.

    An outbreak of Fusarium solani meningitis occurred at two clinics in Matamoros specializing in elective cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction and Brazilian butt lifts.

    The new report, published Feb. 8 in the

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  • February 9, 2024
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  • Your Brain Finds Ways to Compensate Against Age-Related Decline

    No one's brain is as sharp at 60 as it was at 20.

    However, new research supports the notion that folk's brains can make subtle adjustments with age to compensate for that decline.

    A team of British researchers has found more evidence that as the mind ages, it sometimes recruits help from certain brain regions to make up for deficits elsewhere.

    This does not happen for everyone...

    Healthy Living Builds 'Cognitive Reserve' in Brain That May Prevent Dementia

    New research suggests healthy lifestyles can help stave off dementia, perhaps by building a resilient 'cognitive reserve' in the aging brain.

    The study was based on the brain autopsies on 586 people who lived to an average of almost 91. Researchers compared each person's lifestyle and end-of-life mental skills to their neurological signs of dementia, such as brain protein plaques or chang...

    Hearing Troubles Can Affect the Mind, Too

    If you're over 65, you likely struggle sometimes to hear conversations clearly, but ignoring that may prompt even more serious health problems, experts say.

    If left unchecked, hearing loss can lead to social isolation and depression -- two conditions known to raise dementia risk, said Dr. Leah Ross, a physician in the Di...

    Ancient Greeks Seldom Hit by Dementia, Suggesting It's a Modern Malady

    Dementia seems like a disorder that's always haunted the human race.

    But this form of severe memory loss is actually a modern malady, if classical Greek and Roman physicians are to be believed.

    A new analysis of ancient Greek and Roman medical texts suggests that dementia was extremely rare 2,000 to 2,500 years ago, in the time of Aristotle, Galen and Pliny the Elder.

    The new ...

    Odds for Dementia Nearly Triple in the Year After a Stroke

    A person's odds for a dementia diagnosis nearly triple in the first year after a stroke, new research shows.

    This post-stroke spike in dementia risk does subside with time, but it never returns to pre-stroke levels, the same report found.

    "Our findings reinforce the importance of monitoring people with stroke for cognitive decline," said lead researcher 

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  • February 1, 2024
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  • Common Gynecologic Condition Tied to Cognitive Issues

    Women with a common ovarian disorder might be more likely to have memory and thinking problems in middle age, a new study suggests.

    Females diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) scored lower on cognitive tests than women without the condition, according to a report published Jan. 31 in the journal Neurology.

    The condition specifically appeared to affect memory, at...

    Could Many Cases of 'Dementia' in Men Be Liver Cirrhosis Instead?

    A new study of aging U.S. veterans finds that one in every 10 who have been diagnosed with dementia might actually have brain impairments caused by liver cirrhosis.

    It's a condition called hepatic encephalopathy, and it's often treatable, explained a team led by Dr. Jasmohan Bajaj, of the the Richmond VA Medi...

    Was Alzheimer's Transmitted Through Cadaver-Sourced Growth Hormone Given to Kids?

    Five of eight British children who received human growth hormone from the pituitary glands of deceased donors went on to develop early-onset Alzheimer's disease many decades later, researchers report.

    Researchers at University College London (UCL) suspect that the growth hormone received by these people in childhood may have contained amyloid-beta protein plaques, which build up in the br...

    Daily Multivitamin Might Help Aging Brains

    A daily multivitamin could help people keep their brains healthy as they age, a new trial finds.

    Results suggest taking multivitamins could help prevent memory loss and slow cognitive aging among older adults, researchers report in the Jan. 18 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutritio...

    Resolve to Get a Free Memory Screening in 2024

    There are so many New Year's resolutions from which to choose, but an important one could be to schedule a memory screening, experts say.

    Memory screenings consist of a series of questions that gauge memory and brain function, according to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA).

    These regular screenings are an important way to detect memory problems early, and should be part of...

    Early-Onset Dementia: Health, Lifestyle Factors May Boost Your Risk

    From alcohol use to social isolation, poor hearing and heart disease, researchers have identified more than a dozen non-genetic factors that up the risk of dementia for people under 65.

    Though about 370,000 new cases a year of young-onset dementia are diagnosed worldwide, it hasn't been well-researched.

    Now, a large study from scientists in the U.K. and the Netherlands suggests that...

    Common Stomach Bug Is Linked to Higher Alzheimer's Risk

    A common stomach bug may play a part in Alzheimer's disease risk.

    New research found that older folks infected with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) had greater odds for developing Alzheimer's, the most common type of dementia.

    "Given the global aging population, dementia numbers are expected to triple in the next 40 years," said study co-author

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  • Statins Might Slow Progression of Alzheimer's Disease

    In preliminary findings, Swedish researchers say taking a cholesterol-lowering statin could also slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

    The study can't prove cause-and-effect, but might pave the way to a trial that could confirm such a link, said study author Sara Garcia-Ptacek, an associate professor of neuroscience at the Ka...

    Pets Bring Health Boost to Single Seniors' Brains: Study

    For the growing number of American seniors who live alone, having a beloved dog or cat by their side could help them maintain a healthy brain.

    New research on more than 7,900 people averaging 66 years of age found that those who lived alone were able to stave off losses in memory and thinking if they had a pet.

    Pet ownership didn't seem to affect the cognition of older folks who liv...

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