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Awareness of Memory Problems Fades a Few Years Before Dementia: Study

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 26, 2015 – Older adults destined to develop dementia may start to lose awareness of their memory problems two to three years before the disease is full blown, a new study finds. That had been suspected, but not clearly shown before, said lead investigator Robert Wilson, senior neuropsychologist at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago. "As researchers, we're very interested in what the experience of dementia is like for the individual," Wilson said. "It's important to understand its natural progression." The findings also offer some useful information for the average person, according to Wilson. "If you're aware enough to be worried about your memory, you probably don't have dementia," he said. Nor is it clear that you ever will, since memory issues do not mean a person is doomed to develop Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. The findings, published in the ... Read more

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Exercise, Supplements Like Fish Oil Won't Keep Elderly Sharper: Studies

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 – Neither exercise nor supplements such as fish oil don't seem to do much to help keep older folks mentally sharp, two new studies found. The reports, published Aug. 25 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, cast doubts on two strategies purported to keep older brains younger and healthier. In one study, two years' worth of moderate exercise didn't seem to improve the brain power of people between 70 and 89 or lower their odds for dementia. Similarly, giving older adults fish oil or other supposed brain nutrients did not keep them sharper. The exercise study, which involved 1,600 sedentary adults, "is the largest and longest randomized trial of a physical activity intervention in older adults who were not already active and were at risk of losing their ability to walk," said Dr. Kaycee Sink, medical director of the Kulynych Memory Assessment Clinic ... Read more

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Why the Aging Brain Is More Vulnerable to Alzheimer's

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Age is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer's disease, and researchers now think they know why that's the case. New cutting-edge technology reveals that as you age, your brain becomes less and less capable of flushing away a toxic waste product of brain activity called beta-amyloid, the researchers said. Beta-amyloid proteins can clump together, forming larger amyloid plaques in the spaces between neurons. These amyloid plaques are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia. "This is a clue as to why age is the number one, two and three risk factor for Alzheimer's disease," said study senior author Dr. Randall Bateman, director of the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network Trials Unit at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. "As we slow down our ability to clear away these sticky proteins, the risk of having ... Read more

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Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Language Problems in Women

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – Insulin resistance, a key component of type 2 diabetes, may contribute to language problems in women that can potentially signal early dementia, new research suggests. The association was not seen in men, although the researchers could not determine exactly why that was so. In the study, the Finnish researchers measured what is called low verbal fluency, which is the rate at which you produce words. "Preclinical Alzheimer's disease typically starts with episodic memory decline. However, verbal fluency is a measure of executive function, and also deficits in executive function can be found early in the disease," said study author Dr. Laura Ekblad, a researcher at the University of Turku. Executive function includes higher-order processes such as working memory, planning and problem solving. But Ekblad added that the findings aren't cause for immediate concern ... Read more

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Kidney Problems Linked to Brain Disorders: Study

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – Kidney problems can increase the risk of brain disorders, a new study finds. The findings suggest that protecting kidney health may also benefit the brain, the researchers said. They studied data from more than 2,600 people in the Netherlands, and found that poor kidney function was strongly associated with decreased blood flow to the brain. They also saw an increased risk of stroke and memory and thinking problems (dementia) in people with kidney problems. The association was independent of known heart disease risk factors, the researchers said. The study was published Aug. 6 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. "Our findings provide a possible explanation linking kidney disease to brain disease," Dr. M. Arfan Ikram, an assistant professor of neuroepidemiology at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands, said in a journal news ... Read more

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Dementia Meds May Lead to Harmful Weight Loss: Study

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – A class of drugs widely used to treat dementia – called cholinesterase inhibitors – could cause harmful weight loss in some patients, a new study suggests. These medications include Aricept (donepezil), Razadyne (galantamine) and Exelon (rivastigmine). "Our study provides evidence in a large, real-world population that cholinesterase inhibitors may contribute to clinically significant weight loss in a substantial proportion of older adults with dementia," study lead author Dr. Meera Sheffrin, a geriatrics fellow in the School of Medicine, at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a university news release. One expert said the findings point out a common problem for Alzheimer's patients. "Weight loss is a concern, not only for patients but also for their overwhelmed caregivers, who keep struggling with multiple challenges, including providing their ... Read more

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Regular, Moderate Coffee Drinking Tied to Better Brain Health in Seniors

Posted 31 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 31, 2015 – A study of more than 1,400 Italian seniors finds links between patterns of coffee consumption and their risk for "mild cognitive impairment" – declines in memory and thinking that are often a precursor to dementia. The study could only point to associations, not cause-and-effect, the investigators said. But prior research has suggested that caffeine might impact neurological health. In the study, a team led by Dr. Vincenzo Solfrizzi of the University of Bari Aldo Moro, looked at the coffee consumption of 1,445 Italians aged 65 to 84. The participants' mental health was also tracked for a median of three-and-a-half years. Reporting earlier this week in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, the research team found that people who consistently drank about one or two cups of coffee per day had a lower rate of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) than those who never or ... Read more

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Heart Disease, Alzheimer's Linked by Common Risk Factors

Posted 28 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – Some risk factors for heart disease may also be linked with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, a new study reports. "We already know that vascular risk factors damage the brain and can result in cognitive [mental] impairment," study lead author Dr. Kevin King said in a news release from the journal Radiology. "Our findings give us a more concrete idea about the relationship between specific vascular risk factors and brain health," said King, an assistant professor of radiology at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. The study was published in the July 28 issue of the journal. Prior research has linked heart risk factors and mental decline, but this study focused on specific risk factors and three brain structures – the hippocampus, precuneus and posterior cingulate cortex – that play a role in memory. The ... Read more

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Dementia Risk May Be Dropping With Generations

Posted 24 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 24, 2015 – New research suggests that people born after 1930 may have a lower risk of developing dementia than the generation before them, adding to evidence that the incidence of dementia may be declining in the United States and elsewhere. That decline was not explained by age, but did seem to be related to improvements in heart health over time, the researchers found. The study, of nearly 1,000 elderly New Yorkers, found that those born after 1930 had a lower risk of dementia than those born between 1916 and 1930. In the older group, people developed dementia at a rate of 2.2 percent per year between 1993 and 2014, when they were in their 70s and beyond, said lead researcher Carol Derby, an associate professor of neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York City. In the younger group, that rate was just over 0.4 percent per year, Derby added. "We ... Read more

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Pain Often Hinders Seniors With Dementia

Posted 22 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2015 – Elderly Americans with dementia who live at home may need help managing their pain, a new study suggests. "As a hospice nurse caring for people in their homes, I have seen many patients with dementia who suffer from distressing pain," said study author Lauren Hunt, a physiological nursing Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing. "I was motivated to conduct this research study to understand the issue from the broader national prospective. It turns out that pain is very common in this population and is frequently severe enough to limit activities," she said in a university news release. Hunt's team analyzed data gathered in 2011 from more than 800 Medicare enrollees, aged 65 and older, who had dementia but still lived at home. Sixty-four percent of them had bothersome pain, and about 43 percent had pain that limited their ... Read more

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Women Descend Into Alzheimer's at Twice the Speed of Men: Study

Posted 21 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – Women with mild thinking and memory problems – known as mild cognitive impairment – deteriorate twice as fast mentally as men with the same condition, according to new research. Mild cognitive impairment isn't severe enough to interfere with daily life, but it is linked to higher odds of developing Alzheimer's disease or another type of dementia, the researchers said. "Our findings do suggest greater vulnerability in women with mild cognitive impairment stage, which is more severe than normal memory loss and is an intermediary stage between aging and dementia," said lead researcher Katherine Lin, a clinical research scholar at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Several factors may account for this increased vulnerability among women, Lin added. Women may be genetically predisposed to developing more plaque in the brain, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer's, or ... Read more

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Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia

Posted 20 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 – People with type 1 diabetes may face a greater risk of developing thinking and memory problems as they age compared to the general population, new research suggests. The study found that people with type 1 diabetes were 83 percent more likely to develop dementia as seniors. "Our study found a modestly higher risk of all-cause dementia in people with type 1 diabetes. The next step is to figure out what that means, and how we can help people with type 1 diabetes age successfully," said study author Rachel Whitmer, a senior scientist in the division of research at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif. However, Whitmer also noted that the study doesn't prove that type 1 diabetes caused dementia, only that the two diseases were linked. "This is an observational study that shows association, not causation. We don't have tissue from these people's brains," she added. ... Read more

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Brain Changes Differ by Race With Alzheimer's Disease: Study

Posted 15 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 – Alzheimer's disease seems to develop differently in the brains of black patients than in whites. And, black people seem more likely to suffer different types of brain changes that also contribute to dementia, a new study reports. Alzheimer's disease dementia is generally associated with a build-up of substances known as plaques and tangles inside the brain. But, there are other brain changes that can also contribute to dementia, the study authors noted. For example, the brains of people with dementia sometimes contain infarcts – tiny areas of dead tissue caused by micro-strokes, the researchers explained. They also might contain Lewy bodies – another form of abnormal protein build-up in the brain that's usually associated with Parkinson's disease. Autopsies of black and white Alzheimer's patients revealed that blacks were more likely than whites to ... Read more

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Human Brain Has Nearly Ideal Network of Connections, Research Shows

Posted 15 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 – A new study examining why the human brain evolved the way it did could lead to new ways to treat brain disorders, researchers say. The brain developed into its present form to speed transfer of information from one region of the brain to another, so people can perform at peak capacity, according to Dmitri Krioukov, an associate professor of physics at Northeastern University in Boston, and colleagues. The investigators found that the brain's structure contains an almost perfect network of connections. The researchers first created a map of a brain network that provided the best transfer of information between brain regions. They compared this "idealized" map with the brain's actual network and found that they were 89 percent similar. The study was published recently in the journal Nature Communications. Along with shedding new light on the brain's evolution, ... Read more

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Uncontrolled Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Diabetes patients with high rates of complications from the disease may face increased risk for dementia, a new study suggests. "We found that as diabetes progresses and an individual experiences more complications from the disease, the risk of dementia rises as well," wrote Dr. Wei-Che Chiu, of the National Taiwan University College of Public Health, in Taipei. Better blood sugar control can help prevent the mental decline associated with diabetes, he and his colleagues said. They examined data from more than 431,000 people in Taiwan who were older than 50 and newly diagnosed with diabetes. Complications of diabetes include vision loss, kidney failure and nerve damage. Over 12 years of follow-up, more than 6 percent of the patients were diagnosed with dementia. Those with a greater number of diabetes complications were at higher risk for mental decline than ... Read more

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