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World Alzheimer Report 2014: Dementia and Risk Reduction

(Alzheimer’s Disease International) The World Alzheimer Report 2014, Dementia and Risk Reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors critically examines the evidence for the existence of modifiable risk factors for dementia. It focuses on sets of potential modifiable risk factors in four key domains: developmental, psychological and psychosocial, lifestyle and cardiovascular conditions. The report […]


Nicotine Affects Learning, Memory

(Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University via ScienceDaily) Nicotine’s primary metabolite supports learning and memory by amplifying the action of a primary chemical messenger involved in both, researchers report. “This is the first hint of what the mechanism of the metabolite cotinine might be,” said Dr. Alvin V. Terry, Chairman of the Department […]

Molecular Inhibitor Breaks Cycle that Leads to Alzheimer’s

(St. John’s College, Cambridge) A molecular chaperone has been found to inhibit a key stage in the development of Alzheimer’s disease and break the toxic chain reaction that leads to the death of brain cells, a new study shows. The research provides an effective basis for searching for candidate molecules that could be used to […]

Science Behind the Headlines: How to Reduce Your Risk of Dementia

(Alzheimer’s Society) The best way to reduce your risk of dementia is to adapt various aspects of your lifestyle, including eating certain foods, taking regular exercise, not smoking, and maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels (read more information on cholesterol here). There is good evidence that eating a Mediterranean-style diet can reduce the risk […]

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 […]

Diabetes and Depression Predict Dementia Risk in People with Slowing Minds

(University College London) People with mild cognitive impairment are at higher risk of developing dementia if they have diabetes or psychiatric symptoms such as depression, finds a new review led by UCL researchers. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a state between normal ageing and dementia, where someone’s mind is functioning less well than would be […]


Helping Family and Friends Understand Alzheimer’s Disease

(National Institute on Aging) When you learn that someone you love has AD, you may wonder when and how to tell your family and friends. You may be worried about how others will react to or treat the person. While there is no single right way to tell others, we've listed some things to think about. Think about the following questions: Are … [Read More...]

Understanding How Alzheimer’s Changes People — Challenges and Coping Strategies

(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...]

Denial Challenges Families in Alzheimer’s Caregiving

(Mayo Clinic with Angela Lunde) A couple months back I read a comment from one of you that stuck with me.  It was from a woman (I'll call her Norma) whose mother has mild Alzheimer's. Here's some of what she said: "My brother insists that we not fix our mother's meals and we let her do it (she is struggling) ... he says she only has very mild … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s: Managing Sleep Problems

(Mayo Clinic) If you're caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's, sleep disturbances can take a toll on both of you. Here's help promoting a good night's sleep. Sleep problems and Alzheimer's disease often go hand in hand. Understand what contributes to sleep problems in Alzheimer's — and what you can do to promote a good night's sleep. Why … [Read More...]

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Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015: Part 2

(Alzheimer's Forum) The first day of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015, hosted by the National Institutes of Health February 9-10 in Washington, D.C., focused on finding therapeutic targets for Alzheimer’s and testing them in clinical trials. On the second day, speakers switched gears and brainstormed creative ways to share and analyze … [Read More...]

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015: Part 1

(Alzheimer's Forum) On February 9 and 10, leaders from academia, industry, and non-profit organizations gathered at the Natcher Auditorium of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015. They discussed the progress made since the last such meeting in 2012 (see May 2012 conference … [Read More...]

Dementia and Dependence: Do Modifiable Risk Factors Delay Disability?

Neurology. 2014 Apr 29;82(17):1543-50. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000000357. Epub 2014 Mar 28. Dementia and dependence: do modifiable risk factors delay disability? Rist PM1, Capistrant BD, Wu Q, Marden JR, Glymour MM. Abstract Objective To identify modifying factors that preserve functional independence among individuals at high dementia … [Read More...]

Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease Mortality with Exercise, Statin, and Fruit Intake.

J Alzheimers Dis. 2014 Nov 14. [Epub ahead of print] Lower Risk of Alzheimer's Disease Mortality with Exercise, Statin, and Fruit Intake. Williams PT1. Abstract Background Whether lifestyle affects Alzheimer's disease (AD) risk remains controversial. Objective Test whether exercise, diet, or statins affect AD mortality in 153,536 … [Read More...]

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