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DementiaToday posts scientific news and professional views on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias from the global research community. We hope to promote better health care through education, provide support to caregivers and loved ones who live with these diseases everyday, and thank the many individuals around the world who are dedicated to neurological research and […]

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Higher Levels of Mercury in Brain Not Linked with Increased Risk of Alzheimer Disease

(JAMA) In a study of deceased individuals, moderate seafood consumption was correlated with lesser Alzheimer disease neuropathology, and although seafood consumption was associated with higher brain levels of mercury, the higher mercury levels were not correlated with more Alzheimer disease neuropathology, according to a study in the February 2 issue of JAMA. Numerous studies have found … [Read More...]

DAILY NEWS

Sustained Aerobic Exercise Increases Adult Neuron Generation in Brain

(Academy of Finland) It may be possible to increase the neuron reserve of the hippocampus - and thus improve preconditions for learning - by promoting neurogenesis via sustained aerobic exercise such as running. Aerobic exercise, such as running, has positive effects on brain structure and function, for example, the generation of neurons (neurogenesis) in the hippocampus, a brain structure … [Read More...]

Help Support Family Caregivers – Sign The “CARE Act” Petition

(AARP) Every day, a remarkable group of 1.2 million Washingtonians performs a great labor of love: caring for aging parents and family members so they can remain in their homes. They help with meal preparation, managing finances, transportation, and much more. Many family caregivers also perform medical or nursing tasks for their loved ones — like complex medication management, wound care, … [Read More...]

A Sniff Test for Alzheimer’s?

(Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation) A poor sense of smell may be a sign of impending Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports. The findings suggest that a simple test to measure someone’s ability to detect various scents could be used as a way to detect Alzheimer’s early, when treatments may be most effective. Other studies have suggested that a poor sense of smell may be a … [Read More...]

Beware of Health Scams

(NIH) You see ads for miracle drugs everywhere these days—supplements that claim to stop or reverse aging, or make aches and pains disappear like magic! You might even see statements like, “This treatment cured my cancer in 1 week.” They appear to offer hope, but they aren’t true. Today, there are more ways than ever to sell untested products—online, TV, radio, magazines, and newspapers are … [Read More...]

Pills for Anxiety and Sleep Problems Not Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

(BMJ) Taking benzodiazepines (widely used drugs to treat anxiety and insomnia) is not associated with an increased dementia risk in older adults, finds a study published by The BMJ. These results do not support a direct (causal) association between benzodiazepine use and dementia, say the researchers. However, healthcare providers are still advised to avoid benzodiazepines in older adults to … [Read More...]

CAREGIVER’S CORNER

Understanding How Alzheimer’s Changes People

(Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center) Alzheimer's disease is an illness of the brain. It causes large numbers of nerve cells in the brain to die. This affects a person's ability to remember things and think clearly. People with AD become forgetful and easily confused. They may have a hard time concentrating and behave in odd ways. … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips: Managing Medicines

(NIA) People with Alzheimer’s disease may take medicines to treat the disease itself, mood or behavior changes, and other medical conditions. Caregivers can ensure that medicines are taken safely and correctly. Learn the Basics Know each medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) the person with Alzheimer’s disease takes. Ask the doctor or … [Read More...]

The Emotional Side of Caregiving

(Family Caregiver Alliance) Whether you become a caregiver gradually or all of sudden due to a crisis, or whether you are a caregiver willingly or by default, many emotions surface when you take on the job of caregiving. Some of these feelings happen right away and some don’t surface until you have been caregiving for awhile. Whatever your … [Read More...]

How to Eat Well with Alzheimer’s Disease

(WebMD) There’s no special diet for people with Alzheimer's disease, but good nutrition can ease some symptoms and help them feel good. When you’re caring for someone with the condition, there are simple ways you can make eating healthier, easier, and more enjoyable. Remember the Basics The basic rules of a healthy diet apply to everyone, … [Read More...]

SCIENCE CORNER

Dietary Patterns and Risk of Dementia

Mol Neurobiol. 2015 Nov 9. [Epub ahead of print] Dietary Patterns and Risk of Dementia: a Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies. Cao L1, Tan L2,3, Wang HF1, Jiang T4, Zhu XC1, Lu H1, Tan MS5, Yu JT6,7,8. Abstract Dietary patterns and some dietary components have been linked … [Read More...]

The Potential for Prevention of Dementia Across Two Decades

BMC Med. 2015 Jul 21;13:132. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0377-5. The potential for prevention of dementia across two decades: the prospective, population-based Rotterdam Study. de Bruijn RF1,2, Bos MJ3, Portegies ML4,5, Hofman A6, Franco OH7, Koudstaal PJ8, Ikram … [Read More...]

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 … [Read More...]

Moderate-to-High Intensity Physical Exercise in Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease

J Alzheimers Dis. 2015 Dec 10. [Epub ahead of print] Moderate-to-High Intensity Physical Exercise in Patients with Alzheimer's Disease: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Hoffmann K1, Sobol NA2,3, Frederiksen KS1, Beyer N2,3, Vogel A1, Vestergaard K4, Brændgaard H5, Gottrup H5, Lolk A6, Wermuth … [Read More...]