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Long-term Use of Pills for Anxiety and Sleep Problems May be Linked to Alzheimer’s

(BMJ-British Medical Journal via ScienceDaily) Taking benzodiazepines — widely prescribed drugs to treat anxiety and insomnia — is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, particularly for long-term users, suggests a new study. The researchers warn that unwarranted long-term use should be considered a public health concern. Dementia currently affects about 36 million […]

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Can Your Blood Type Affect Your Memory?

(American Academy of Neurology) People with blood type AB may be more likely to develop memory loss in later years than people with other blood types, according to a study published in the September 10, 2014, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. AB is the least common blood […]

Study Finds Air Pollution Harmful to Young Brains

(University of Montana) Findings by University of Montana Professor Dr. Lilian Calderón-Garcidueñas, MA, MD, Ph.D., and her team of researchers reveal that children living in megacities are at increased risk for brain inflammation and neurodegenerative changes, including Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease. Calderón-Garcidueñas’ findings are detailed in a paper titled “Air pollution and children: Neural and […]

Discovery May Lead to Improved Memory, Cognitive Function in Alzheimer’s Patients

(Tel Aviv University) As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, it kills brain cells mainly in the hippocampus and cortex, leading to impairments in “neuroplasticity,” the mechanism that affects learning, memory, and thinking. Targeting these areas of the brain, scientists hope to stop or slow the decline in brain plasticity, providing a novel way to treat Alzheimer’s. Groundbreaking […]

Researchers Find Neural Compensation in People with Alzheimer’s-related Protein

(UC Berkeley) The human brain is capable of a neural workaround that compensates for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study led by UC Berkeley researchers. The findings, published Sept. 14 in the journal Nature Neuroscience, could help explain how some older adults with beta-amyloid deposits in […]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Special Safety Series: Falls and Older Adults

(NIH Senior Health) Many people have a friend or relative who has fallen. The person may have slipped while walking or felt dizzy when standing up from a chair and fallen. Maybe you've fallen yourself. If you or an older person you know has fallen, you're not alone. More than one in three people age 65 years or older falls each year. The risk of … [Read More...]

Practice the 12-Minute Yoga Meditation Exercise

(Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation) Kirtan Kriya (which is pronounced KEER-tun KREE-a) is a type of meditation from the Kundalini yoga tradition, which has been practiced for thousands of years. This meditation is sometimes called a singing exercise, as it involves singing the sounds, Saa Taa Naa Maa along with repetitive finger … [Read More...]

7 Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

(WebMD) 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...]

Tips for Managing Wandering

(BrightFocus Foundation) Phil, a 93 year old gentleman with mild dementia, lived alone in an apartment complex in a large urban city. Well known and well-liked by many in the community, especially the management and staff, he spent his days walking around the complex of buildings, alternating between walking, using the weight room, the swimming … [Read More...]

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SCIENCE CORNER

Modifiable Lifestyle Factors in Dementia: A Systematic Review of Longitudinal Observational Cohort Studies

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 Jan 1;42(1):119-35. doi: 10.3233/JAD-132225. Modifiable lifestyle factors in dementia: a systematic review of longitudinal observational cohort studies. Di Marco LY1, Marzo A1, Muñoz-Ruiz M2, Ikram MA3, Kivipelto M2, Ruefenacht D4, Venneri A5, Soininen H2, Wanke I4, Ventikos YA6, Frangi AF Author information … [Read More...]

Association of Mediterranean Diet with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014;39(2):271-82. doi: 10.3233/JAD-130830. Association of Mediterranean Diet with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Singh B, Parsaik AK, Mielke MM, Erwin PJ, Knopman DS, Petersen RC, Roberts RO. Source Department of Neurology, Department of Health Sciences Research, … [Read More...]

Association of Diabetes Mellitus and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Middle-Aged Men and Women

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 Jul 7. [Epub ahead of print] Association of Diabetes Mellitus and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Middle-Aged Men and Women. Winkler A, Dlugaj M, Weimar C, Jöckel KH, Erbel R, Dragano N, Moebus S. Abstract Background Several studies reported on the association of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) with dementia. Studies on the … [Read More...]

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...]

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