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What Not to Say to Somebody With Dementia

While there are few serious medical or health problems we would treat lightly, for many the most terrifying are those involving loss of cognition. Dementia and other cognitive disorders impact the mind’s ability to function normally. They rob us of our memory, and even our most basic human skills. For someone living with dementia, it […]

Sleep Disorder Linked With Changes to Brain Structure Typical of Dementia

Australian medical researchers have uncovered a link between the risk of developing dementia and whether or not a person has obstructive sleep apnea. This is both good and bad news, since it puts some people at higher risk for a cognitive disorder; but good news, since there are treatments that can reduce or eliminate the […]

What Is Dementia?

Dementia is a broad way to describe a whole host of more specific cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s Disease or the various neurological issues that can arise following a cardiovascular stroke incident. It can also refer to an overall general decline in mental acuity and abilities. Dementia doesn’t have to come from a specific trauma […]

‘Skinny Fat’ In Older Adults May Predict Dementia, Alzheimer’s Risk

Some adults, including the elderly, have a condition doctors refer to as skinny fat. This is when muscle mass is reduced compared to what might be normal for that person. Many adults, as they age, will begin to lose muscle tone as their bodies deteriorate; and this process can accelerate if they do not maintain […]

Alzheimer’s Breakthrough: Brain Metals That May Drive Disease Progression Revealed

New research concerning the cause and spread of Alzheimer’s Disease has been performed and analyzed by a joint collaboration by several colleges including the University of Warwick, Keele University, the University of Florida, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. The research focuses on the consistency of iron-based substances in the brain throughout the […]

Diet Can Trump the Alzheimer’s Gene ApoE

In 1990’s a major Alzheimer’s gene was discovered called ApoE4. The ApoE4 gene is linked to Alzheimer’s risk.  The ApoE gene is the principal cholesterol carrier in the brain. 15% of the US population has one ApoE4 gene which triples your risk for Alzheimer’s. 1 out of every 50 has the ApoE4 gene from both parents […]

What the Experts Do to Promote Brain Health

As people live longer, cognitive disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are becoming more prevalent. While these cognitive diseases are not yet fully understood, medical researchers have a wealth of evidence showing that activity, both physical as well as mental, can have a beneficial effect in helping patients to stave off, or lesson, the […]

Walking Ability Before Heart Surgery Tied to Brain Function Afterward

New research conducted in Japan shows that elderly patients recovering from cardiac surgery are less likely to experience cognitive decline if they can stay physically active following surgery. The study looked at patients who had undergone non-emergency cardiac procedures. Their ability to walk was measured both before and after the surgeries, along with their cognitive […]

Dementia Can Be Caused by Hypertension

High blood pressure can put you at risk for more than just damaging physical effects; it can also cause very serious neurological symptoms. When blood pressure increases above its normal and healthy range, and stays elevated, it can damage organs throughout the body. And previous research into Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia has […]

What We’ll Learn About the Brain in the Next Century | Sam Rodriques

The basis for this whole talk was how neuroscience needs to be discovering how neurons react to stimuli and activities not on mice studies. The money spent on these studies of mice and other animals is a poor substitute for using the actual human brain in these endeavors. The author goes thru a number of […]