Dementia

Brain's Astrocytes Play Starring Role In Long-term Memory

Researchers have discovered that star-shaped cells called astrocytes help the brain establish long-lasting memories. The work could inform therapies for disorders in which long-term memory is impaired, such as traumatic brain injury or dementia.
Related topics: Brain Injury, Medical Research

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Caregivers Of People With Dementia Are Losing Sleep

Caregivers of people with dementia lose between 2.5 to 3.5 hours of sleep weekly due to difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep -- a negative for them and potentially for those who receive their care, according to a Baylor University study...
Related topics: Medical Research

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Insight Into Cells' 'self-eating' Process Could Pave The Way For New Dementia Treatments

Cells regularly go through a process called autophagy - literally translated as 'self-eating' - which helps to destroy bacteria and viruses after infection.
Related topics: Bacteria, Virus, Virology

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A Dire Diagnosis And Multiple Medications — What's Really Afflicting This Elderly Patient?

Symptoms of advanced Parkinson's and dementia might mask another problem.
Related topics: Parkinson's

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Sea Hero Quest Is A Game That May Have Revolutionized Dementia Research

After three years, the mobile game Sea Hero Quest has generated millions of hours worth of data that could help researchers find the next step in how we diagnose and understand dementia and Alzheimer's.
Related topics: Medical Research, Alzheimer's Disease

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Medical News Today: Dementia Risk: The Role Of 'blood Pressure Patterns'

A new study investigates the importance of fluctuations in blood pressure from mid-age to later life. It asks how these changes relate to dementia risk.
Related topics: Blood Pressure, Medical Research

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How To Protect A Loved One With Dementia During A Heat Wave

MONDAY, Aug. 19, 2019 -- Heat waves can pose a serious risk to people with Alzheimer's disease, so their families should know how to keep them safe, advocates say. Extreme heat is "dangerous for everyone, but especially for someone with...
Related topics: Alzheimer's Disease

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Studies Tackle Blood Pressure, Cognition Relationship

(MedPage Today) -- SPRINT MIND looks at white matter lesions; ARIC assesses dementia risk
Related topics: Blood Pressure

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Migraine Diagnoses Positively Associated With All-cause Dementia

Several studies have recently focused on the association between migraine headaches and other headaches and dementia and found a positive migraine-dementia relationship. However, most of these studies have failed to simultaneously adjust for several...
Related topics: Migraine

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Arm Yourself With New Dementia Information

Everyone knows someone today who’s dealing with dementia. And as a geriatrician — that means a lot of questions come my way. Questions about parents who recently had cognitive testing, about the role of assisted living, about prevention —...

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Dementia Care Program Improves Mental Health Of Patients, Caregivers

A comprehensive dementia care program staffed by nurse practitioners working within a health system improves the mental and emotional health of patients and their caregivers.
Related topics: Nursing

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Abnormal Blood Pressure In Middle And Late Life Influences Dementia Risk

In a study that spanned two and a half decades and looked at data from more than 4,700 participants, researchers have added to evidence that abnormal blood pressure in midlife persisting into late life increases the likelihood of developing...
Related topics: Blood Pressure, Medical Research

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Migraine Diagnoses Positively Associated With All-cause Dementia

Several studies have recently focused on the association between migraine headaches and other headaches and dementia and found a positive migraine-dementia relationship. However, most of these studies have failed to simultaneously adjust for several...
Related topics: Migraine

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Bp From Midlife To Late Life Tied To Risk For Subsequent Dementia

TUESDAY, Aug. 13, 2019 -- The risk for subsequent dementia is significantly increased for blood pressure patterns of midlife and late-life hypertension as well as midlife hypertension and late-life hypotension; and intensive blood pressure...
Related topics: Hypertension, Blood Pressure

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Seniors With Dementia At Home Have More Medical Needs

TUESDAY, Aug. 13, 2019 -- Older adults with incident moderately severe dementia living at home have more medical needs than those living in residential care or nursing facilities, according to a study published online Aug. 7 in the Journal of the...
Related topics: Nursing, Medical Research

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An Alternate Theory For What Causes Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia among the elderly, is characterized by plaques and tangles in the brain, with most efforts at finding a cure focused on these abnormal structures. But a University of California,...
Related topics: Alzheimer's Disease, Medical Research

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Nursing Home Workers Accused Of Taunting Woman With Dementia

The Illinois Department of Public Health ruled that the Abington of Glenview facility failed to implement its "abuse prevention policy"
Related topics: Nursing

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Medical News Today: Blood Test Can Identify Alzheimer's 2 Decades Before Symptoms

A new study showcases a blood test that identifies beta-amyloid proteins — a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease — 20 years before any symptoms of dementia.
Related topics: Blood Test, Alzheimer's Disease, Medical Research, Proteins

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Hearing Loss Increases Risk For Dementia In Taiwanese Individuals

MONDAY, Aug. 12, 2019 -- Taiwanese individuals between the ages of 45 and 64 years old diagnosed with hearing loss are at a greater risk for developing dementia than those without hearing loss, according to a study published online July 31 in JAMA...
Related topics: Medical Research

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New Study: Healthy Lifestyle Is Even More Important For Preventing Dementia Than We Thought

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are a growing worldwide health problem, affecting some 50 million people around the globe, and it’s getting worse. An estimated 10 million people...
Related topics: Medical Research, Alzheimer's Disease

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