IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Exercise Boosts Brain Power In Over 50s

(MedicalNewsToday.com) Over the years, there has been much research on the potential cognitive benefits of exercise on mental performance in older adults. Overall, results have been inconclusive, but a new review takes a fresh look at the data. As we age, our cognitive prowess tends to take a hit. Finding a way to halt or reduce this decline would make a huge difference to billions of … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

Low Levels Of “Memory Protein” Linked to Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer’s Disease

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Working with human brain tissue samples and genetically engineered mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers together with colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, the University of California San Diego Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Columbia University, and the Institute for Basic Research in Staten Island say that consequences of low levels of … [Read More...]

Diet Drinks Linked to Increased Stroke and Dementia Risk

(MedScape.com) New question marks over the safety of diet soda have arisen following a study linking intake of artificially sweetened beverages to both stroke and dementia. The study, published online in Stroke on April 20, showed that consumption of one can of diet soda or more each day was associated with a three times increased risk for stroke and dementia over a 10-year follow-up period … [Read More...]

‘Everybody Knows Somebody’: This State is a Laboratory for the Future of Alzheimer’s in America

(PBS.org) North Dakota’s sparse geography has long made it a natural frontier: Pioneers here pushed the boundaries of westward expansion, then agriculture, and recently domestic oil drilling. Now the state finds itself on the leading edge of a new boom that it never would have chosen: Alzheimer’s disease. Cases are climbing across the United States, and especially in North Dakota, which has the … [Read More...]

Two Existing Drugs Halt Neurodegeneration In Mice

(MedicalNewsToday.com) Researchers have made a major leap forward in the treatment of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, after identifying two existing drugs that prevented brain cell death in mouse models of neurodegenerative disease. In a new study, researchers from the Medical Research Council (MRC) in the United Kingdom reveal how a licensed antidepressant and a compound currently being … [Read More...]

The High Cost of Caring for Loved Ones With Alzheimer’s

(USNews.com) A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming for an individual with the progressive and presently incurable condition, as well as for family. The most common cause of dementia can wrench away a loved one in stages of cognitive decline and memory problems; it eventually disrupts all facets of daily function and is a leading cause of death. What’s more, the cost to care for … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Stages of Dementia: How Does the Disease Change Over Time?

(MedicalNewsToday.com) Dementia is not a specific illness or disease. It involves a variety of symptoms associated with impaired thinking, memory, and communication. To have a diagnosis of dementia, the decline in functioning must affect a person's ability to perform everyday activities. This article will look at several types of dementia, … [Read More...]

Caregiver Stress and Burnout: Tips for Regaining Your Energy, Optimism, and Hope

(HelpGuide.org) The demands of caregiving can be overwhelming, especially if you feel you have little control over the situation or you’re in over your head. If the stress of caregiving is left unchecked, it can take a toll on your health, relationships, and state of mind—eventually leading to burnout. When you’re burned out, it’s tough to do … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Caregiving: Help with Home Care

(NIH.org) Most people with Alzheimer’s disease are cared for at home by family members. Within families, caregiving is provided most often by wives and husbands, followed by daughters. As Alzheimer’s disease gets worse, the person will need more and more care. Because of this, you will need more help. It's okay to seek help whenever you need … [Read More...]

7 Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

(WebMD.com) It's one of the most feared brain diseases: Alzheimer's. It robs people of their memory bit by bit, has no cure -- and with an aging population, shows no sign of slowing down. The media is riddled with stories about its causes, symptoms, and prevention. But some of those reports don't tell the whole story. Here are seven common … [Read More...]

Relieving Stress & Anxiety: Resources for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

(NIA.org) Caregivers face a variety of challenges when a loved one develops Alzheimer's disease or another dementia. This resource list offers a selection of articles, books, and other materials that may help caregivers cope with their own stress, anxiety, and emotions. Some resources on this list are free; others must be purchased. To buy an … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

Physical Activity: A Viable Way to Reduce the Risks of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Vascular Dementia in Older Adults

Brain Sci. 2017 Feb 20;7(2). pii: E22. doi: 10.3390/brainsci7020022. Physical Activity: A Viable Way to Reduce the Risks of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's Disease, and Vascular Dementia in Older Adults. Gallaway PJ1, Miyake H2, Buchowski MS3, Shimada M4, Yoshitake Y5, Kim AS6, Hongu N7. Abstract A recent alarming rise of … [Read More...]

Sugar- and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and the Risks of Incident Stroke and Dementia

Stroke. 2017 Apr 20. pii: STROKEAHA.116.016027. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.116.016027. [Epub ahead of print] Sugar- and Artificially Sweetened Beverages and the Risks of Incident Stroke and Dementia: A Prospective Cohort Study. Pase MP1, Himali JJ2, Beiser AS2, Aparicio HJ2, Satizabal CL2, Vasan RS2, Seshadri S2, Jacques … [Read More...]

Risk of Pneumonia Associated with Incident Benzodiazepine Use Among Adults with Alzheimer Disease

CMAJ. 2017 Apr 10;189(14):E519-E529. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.160126. Risk of pneumonia associated with incident benzodiazepine use among community-dwelling adults with Alzheimer disease. Taipale H1, Tolppanen AM2, Koponen M2, Tanskanen A2, Lavikainen P2, Sund R2, Tiihonen J2, Hartikainen S2. Abstract Background Knowledge regarding whether … [Read More...]

Association between Midlife Vascular Risk Factors and Estimated Brain Amyloid Deposition

JAMA. 2017 Apr 11;317(14):1443-1450. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.3090. Association Between Midlife Vascular Risk Factors and Estimated Brain Amyloid Deposition. Gottesman RF1, Schneider AL2, Zhou Y3, Coresh J4, Green E5, Gupta N6, Knopman DS7, Mintz A8, Rahmim A3, Sharrett AR4, Wagenknecht LE9, Wong DF10, Mosley … [Read More...]