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Marijuana Compound May Offer Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

(University of South Florida) Extremely low levels of the compound in marijuana known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, may slow or halt the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from neuroscientists at the University of South Florida shows. Findings from the experiments, using a cellular model of Alzheimer’s disease, were reported online in the Journal […]

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10 Things You Should Know about Lewy Body Dementias

(Lewy Body Dementia Association) Lewy body dementias (LBD) affect an estimated 1.3 million individuals and their families in the United States. At the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), we understand that though many families are affected by this disease, few individuals and medical professionals are aware of the symptoms, diagnostic criteria, or even that LBD […]

Electric Current to Brain Boosts Memory Discovery May Help Treat Memory Disorders Resulting from Stroke, Alzheimer’s, Brain Injury

(Northwestern University) Stimulating a particular region in the brain via non-invasive delivery of electrical current using magnetic pulses, called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, improves memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine® study. The discovery opens a new field of possibilities for treating memory impairments caused by conditions such as stroke, early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, cardiac […]

Increased Risk of Stroke in People with Cognitive Impairment

(Medical University of South Carolina Department of Neurology) People with cognitive impairment are significantly more likely to have a stroke than people with normal cognitive function, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. “Given the projected substantial rise in the number of older people around the world, prevalence rates of […]

Alzheimer’s Brain Benefits from Weight Loss Following Bariatric Surgery

(Endocrine Society) Researchers theorize procedure could reduce risk of Alzheimer’s in obese people. Weight loss surgery can curb alterations in brain activity associated with obesity and improve cognitive function involved in planning, strategizing and organizing, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). Obesity can tax […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Legal Issues in Planning for Incapacity

(Family Caregiver Alliance) As you face aging and the need to make plans for your future, you face having to make legal decisions about many aspects of your lives. These legal decisions not only protect you from others doing things you might not like to you, they also protect family and loved ones by giving them guidance in the care that you would … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s or Depression: Could it be Both?

(Mayo Clinic) Alzheimer's and depression have some similar symptoms. Proper treatment improves quality of life. Early Alzheimer's disease and depression share many symptoms, so it can be difficult even for doctors to distinguish between the two disorders. And many people with Alzheimer's also are depressed. One important difference between … [Read More...]

10 Warning Signs an Older Loved One May Need Assistance

(National Association of Area Agencies on Aging) Changes in physical and mental abilities that may occur with age can be difficult to detect— for older adults and their family members, friends, and caregivers too. To help in determining when an older adult may need assistance in the home, the Eldercare Locator has compiled a list of 10 warning … [Read More...]

Caregiver Stress: Tips for Taking Care of Yourself

(Mayo Clinic) Caring for a loved one strains even the most resilient people. If you're a caregiver, take steps to preserve your own health and well-being. With an aging population and changes in health care, such as shorter hospital stays, more and more caregiving is being provided by people who aren't health care professionals. A caregiver is … [Read More...]

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SCIENCE CORNER

Primary Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease: Is It an Attainable Goal?

J Korean Med Sci. Jul 2014; 29(7): 886–892. Published online Jul 11, 2014. doi:  10.3346/jkms.2014.29.7.886 Primary Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease: Is It an Attainable Goal? Jee-Young Han1 and Seol-Heui Han2,3 Author information Abstract Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the leading cause of dementia, and the most prevalent … [Read More...]

Self-awareness in Neurodegenerative Disease

Brain. 2014 Aug;137(Pt 8):2368-81. doi: 10.1093/brain/awu161. Epub 2014 Jun 20. Self-awareness in neurodegenerative disease relies on neural structures mediating reward-driven attention. Shany-Ur T1, Lin N2, Rosen HJ2, Sollberger M3, Miller BL2, Rankin KP4. Author information Abstract Accurate self-awareness is essential for adapting … [Read More...]

Associations Between Serum Cholesterol Levels and Alzheimer’s Disease

JAMA Neurol. 2013;():. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.5390 Associations Between Serum Cholesterol Levels and Cerebral Amyloidosis.  Reed B, Villeneuve S, Mack W, DeCarli C, Chui HC, Jagust W. Abstract Importance Because deposition of cerebral β-amyloid (Aβ) seems to be a key initiating event in Alzheimer disease (AD), factors associated … [Read More...]

Obesity Associated with Risk of Dementia but Varies with Age

Postgrad Med J doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2014-132571 Published Online First 20 August 2014 Age at obesity and association with subsequent dementia: record linkage study Clare J Wotton, Michael J Goldacre Abstract Objective Obesity in mid-life may increase the risk of subsequent dementia. Our objective was to study this risk, focusing on … [Read More...]

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