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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

A Year in Alzheimer’s Research — Top 10 Trends of 2014

(Alzheimer’s Research Forum) Are you good more exercise and losing five pounds, but forgot all about making New Year’s resolutions for your science? Ponder the past year’s advances, setbacks, and surprises in AD research, and use them as fodder for new ideas in 2015. Trials, Therapies, and Diagnostics Depending on one’s perspective, 2014 was a glass […]

DAILY NEWS

Scientists Look to Heart Disease and Stroke-Related Disorders for Clues to Preventing and Treating Alzheimer’s

(Alzheimer’s Association) A growing body of research suggests that the most common cause of dementia in older people is a mix of vascular and Alzheimer’s-related brain abnormalities, and that approximately half of people who die with Alzheimer’s also have evidence of strokes in their brains. Furthermore, when strokes and hallmark Alzheimer’s plaques and tangles are […]

Running and Walking May Lower Alzheimer’s Disease Risk

(Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease) An estimated 5 million Americans aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. As drug companies struggle to find a cure, new research from the National Runners’ and Walkers’ Health Study suggests that exercise earlier in life may substantially reduce Alzheimer’s disease mortality. The study, which appeared in an online from the […]

Is There a Connection between Heavy Metals and Aging?

(Buck Institute for Age Research) It’s been known for decades that some metals, including iron, accumulate in human tissues during aging and that toxic levels of iron have been linked to neurologic diseases, such as Parkinson’s. Common belief has held that iron accumulation happens as a result of the aging process. But research in the […]

USC Neuroscientists Find Evidence that Blood Vessels in Older Brains Break Down, Possibly Contributing to Alzheimer’s and Dementia

(Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California) University of Southern California (USC) neuroscientists may have unlocked another puzzle to preventing risks that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Keck Medicine of USC used high-resolution imaging of the living human brain to show for the first time that the brain’s protective blood barrier becomes […]

Depression, Anxiety Can Precede Memory Loss in Alzheimer’s

(HealthDay News) Depression, sleep problems and behavioral changes can show up before signs of memory loss in people who go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests. “I wouldn’t worry at this point if you’re feeling anxious, depressed or tired that you have underlying Alzheimer’s, because in most cases it has nothing to […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Helping Primary Care Providers Screen for Cognitive Impairment

(Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center) When primary care providers see older adults, screening for cognitive impairment can get put aside as more immediate medical concerns are attended to. Many people who are developing or have dementia do not receive a diagnosis, or they are not diagnosed in the early stages of disease. “Primary … [Read More...]

Rapidly Progressing Alzheimer’s: Something Else?

(Mayo Clinic) My mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, but she seems to be declining rapidly. Doesn't Alzheimer's usually get worse slowly? Answers from Ronald Petersen, M.D. Yes, Alzheimer's disease usually worsens slowly. But its speed of progression varies, depending on a person's genetic makeup, environmental factors, age at … [Read More...]

How to Sleep Well Over 50: Tips for Overcoming Insomnia and Sleeping Better

(HelpGuide.org) As we age we often experience normal changes in our sleeping patterns. We may become sleepy earlier, wake up earlier, or enjoy less deep sleep. Although these changes are a normal part of aging, disturbed sleep, waking up tired every day, and other symptoms of insomnia are not a normal part of aging. Sleep is just as important to … [Read More...]

Caregiving: A Universal Occupation

(Family Caregiver Alliance) Most people will become caregivers—or need one— at some point in their lives. A caregiver is anyone who provides basic assistance and care for someone who is frail, disabled or ill and needs help. Caregivers perform a wide variety of tasks to assist someone else in his or her daily life, for example, balancing a … [Read More...]

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SCIENCE CORNER

Dietary and Lifestyle Guidelines for the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

Neurobiol Aging. 2014 Sep;35 Suppl 2:S74-8. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2014.03.033. Epub 2014 May 14. Dietary and lifestyle guidelines for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Barnard ND1, Bush AI2, Ceccarelli A3, Cooper J4, de Jager CA5, Erickson KI6, Fraser G7, Kesler S8, Levin SM9, Lucey B10, Morris MC11, Squitti R12. Abstract Risk … [Read More...]

Treadmill Running Reverses Cognitive Declines in Alzheimer’s Disease Mouse Model

Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Jan 8. [Epub ahead of print] Treadmill Running Reverses Cognitive Declines due to Alzheimer's Disease. Cho J1, Shin MK, Kim D, Lee I, Kim S, Kang H. Abstract Purpose This study investigated the effect of treadmill running on cognitive declines in the early and advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in … [Read More...]

Donepezil Decreases Annual Rate of Hippocampal Atrophy in Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimers Dement. 2015 Jan 14. pii: S1552-5260(14)02856-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2014.10.003. [Epub ahead of print] Donepezil decreases annual rate of hippocampal atrophy in suspected prodromal Alzheimer's disease. Dubois B1, Chupin M2, Hampel H3, Lista S4, Cavedo E4, Croisile B5, Tisserand GL5, Touchon J6, Bonafe A6, Ousset PJ7, Ait Ameur … [Read More...]

Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability

Alzheimers Dement. 2013 Nov;9(6):657-65. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2012.09.012. Epub 2013 Jan 17. The Finnish Geriatric Intervention Study to Prevent Cognitive Impairment and Disability (FINGER): study design and progress. Kivipelto M1, Solomon A, Ahtiluoto S, Ngandu T, Lehtisalo J, Antikainen R, Bäckman L, Hänninen T, Jula A, Laatikainen … [Read More...]

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