Wearable devices used to help detect dementia

Professor Rhonda Au of Boston University is developing a new way to detect the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease through the use of wearable devices. These digital devices are designed to collect data from individuals over a period of time which Au can then analyze with the goal of marking the small physical changes here to read more

Postmenopausal hormone therapy may help prevent dementia

The University of Eastern Finland has found an association between postmenopausal estrogen-based hormone therapy and a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is one of the most prevalent forms of dementia, especially among women, so these findings indicate that the female sex hormones—estrogen and progesterone—may be useful in preventing its onset and preserving cognitive ability here to read more

Can mushrooms prevent Alzheimer’s?

New research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food has shown that the bioactive components of certain edible and medicinal mushrooms may aid in the prevention and delay of dementia. Researchers from the University of Malaya have suggested that the activity of the bioactive compounds in certain mushrooms may aid in the growth of nerves here to read more

Anxiety in dementia patients effectively managed with tablet devices: New study

Anxiety in dementia patients may be effectively managed with tablet devices, according to research findings. Researcher Ipsit Vahia explained, “Tablet use as a non-pharmacologic intervention for agitation in older adults, including those with severe dementia, appears to be feasible, safe, and of potential utility. Our preliminary results are a first step in developing much-needed empirical here to read more

Protein linked to Parkinson’s disease, dementia found in brain and gut, provides insight into disease progression

A protein associated with Parkinson’s disease and dementia has been found to be capable of travelling from the brain to the gut through a specific pathway. The discovery gives insight into the progression of these disorders. The protein – alpha-synuclein – has been found to play a role in Parkinson’s disease. While it occurs naturally here to read more

Dementia disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease identified examining brushstrokes

Dementia disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease may be identified with brushstrokes. In the study, researchers analyzed 2,092 paintings from seven famous artists who experienced both normal brain aging and neurodegenerative disease. Of the seven, two suffered from Parkinson’s disease, two had Alzheimer’s disease, and three were without neurodegenerative disease. The artists’ brushstrokes were here to read more

Alzheimer’s and normal brains compared, specific brain region identified for dementia prevention

Researchers have compared Alzheimer’s and normal brains and uncovered specific brain regions to be targeted for dementia prevention. While memory decline (to a certain degree) has always been seen as a normal part of aging, researchers have uncovered that some seniors – dubbed “supernormals” – are able to maintain their memory way better than their here to read more

Sundown syndrome: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

Sundowning, commonly seen in dementia patients, refers to behavioral changes that take place in the evening when the sun sets. Patients may become more agitated, aggressive, or confused as the night approaches. This is often seen in more severe cases of dementia. Sundowning, or sundown syndrome may be a result of disturbances to the patient’s here to read more

Memory problems, dementia risk increases in proteinuria (protein in urine) patients: Study

Memory problems and dementia risk increases in proteinuria (protein in urine) patients. Proteinuria is often indicative of kidney problems, but researchers found that patients with protein in the urine may also be at a higher risk for memory problems. The researchers reviewed all available studies on kidney problems and cognitive impairment. Author Kay Deckers explained, here to read more