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Physical Fitness Linked to Mental Fitness in Seniors

Posted 17 days ago by

THURSDAY, Nov. 12, 2015 – Connections between different parts of the brain weaken with age, but new research suggests that being physically fit can boost long-term brain function. A study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that age-related differences in the brains of older adults varied, depending on their level of aerobic endurance. The researchers found greater fitness is associated with stronger brain connections later in life. However, the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between the two. "Our study provides the strongest evidence to date that fitness in an older adult population can have substantial benefits to brain health in terms of the functional connections of different regions of the brain," Arthur Kramer, director of the Beckman Institute, said in a university news release. The study involved both younger and older adults. Using ... Read more

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Strong Legs Linked to Strong Mind

Posted 19 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 – Having powerful legs might empower your brain as you grow older, researchers report. A 10-year British study concluded that leg strength is strongly linked with healthier brain aging. Also, the King's College London team said the findings suggest that simply walking more to improve leg force and speed could help maintain brain function as you age. The study included 324 healthy female twins, aged 43 to 73, in the United Kingdom. Their thinking, learning and memory were tested at the start and end of the study. The researchers found that leg strength was a better predictor of brain health than any other lifestyle factor looked at in the study. Generally, the twin with more leg strength at the start of the study maintained her mental abilities better and had fewer age-related brain changes than the twin with weaker legs, the study found. "Everyone wants to know ... Read more

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Hormone-Like Drug Doesn't Help Women With Alzheimer's: Study

Posted 4 Nov 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 4, 2015 – The drug raloxifene doesn't help the declining memory and thinking skills of women who have mild to moderate dementia due to Alzheimer's disease, a small study suggests. "We found no effect," said study researcher Dr. Victor Henderson, professor of health research and policy and neurology and neurological sciences at Stanford University in California. Raloxifene is a complex drug. It acts like the female hormone estrogen in some parts of the body, while it blocks the effects of estrogen in the breasts and uterus, the study authors explained. The researchers decided to look at the drug after another study of raloxifene, which is also used to treat the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, found that the drug reduced the risk of healthy women developing impairments in their thinking and memory, Henderson said. The new study, published online Nov. 4 in Neurology, ... Read more

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Feeling Extra Forgetful May Signal Dementia Ahead

Posted 28 Oct 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 28, 2015 – For some older women, feeling unusually forgetful may be a sign that dementia will develop later on, a new study suggests. "We studied older women who noticed themselves having memory problems but who still performed normally on a standard test," said Allison Kaup, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. "These findings raise the possibility that memory complaints in older adults may be a very early symptom of a memory disorder that is just starting to gradually develop." But Kaup stressed that common memory problems, such as forgetting names, do not indicate that a person will definitely develop dementia. For the study, published online Oct. 28 in the journal Neurology, researchers tracked more than 1,100 women 65 and older who had normal brain function when the study began. Over the next 18 ... Read more

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End-of-Life Care for Dementia Much Pricier Than for Other Ills

Posted 26 Oct 2015 by

MONDAY, Oct. 26, 2015 – Health care and caregiving costs for dementia patients in the final five years of life are far more burdensome than they are for patients with cancer, heart disease and other illnesses, a new study suggests. The study found that total "social costs" – such as government spending, private insurance and out-of-pocket expenditures for dementia patients – were 57 percent greater than costs associated with death from other conditions. "The magnitude of the difference was shocking to me, even though the trend is what I expected," said study author Dr. Amy Kelley, an associate professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. "I don't think the vast majority of people have any idea about these costs unless they're living it." The study findings were published online Oct. 26 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. ... Read more

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Celiac Disease Doesn't Seem to Boost Dementia Risk: Study

Posted 23 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2015 – Having celiac disease does not appear to increase your risk of dementia, a new study finds. Researchers looked at more than 8,800 people older than 50. After a median period of about eight years, 4.3 percent of celiac patients and 4.4 percent of those without the digestive disease were diagnosed with dementia. "Celiac disease did not increase the risk of Alzheimer's in this population-based study," said study lead author Dr. Benjamin Lebwohl, assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. "We did not find evidence of increased dementia risk prior to the diagnosis of celiac disease, either," he said in a hospital news release. Researchers did find a slight increase, however, in celiac patients' risk of developing vascular dementia. The second-leading cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease, vascular ... Read more

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Weight, Growth Early in Life May Affect Adult Brain

Posted 9 Oct 2015 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 – Birth weight and growth during childhood could affect hearing, vision, thinking and memory later in life, a new study suggests. "Sensory problems and illness such as dementia are an increasing problem, but these findings suggest that issues begin to develop right from early life," said the study's leader, Dr. Piers Dawes. He is a lecturer in audiology at the University of Manchester's School of Psychological Sciences in England. "While interventions in adulthood may only have a small effect, concentrating on making small improvements to birth size and child development could have a much greater impact on numbers of people with hearing, vision and cognitive [mental] impairment," Dawes said in a university news release. However, the study findings don't mean that parents of children who don't physically match their average-sized peers at birth or as they're growing ... Read more

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Tight Control of Type 2 Diabetes May Help Prevent Dementia

Posted 15 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 – Keeping blood sugar levels in check may have a protective effect against dementia in people who have type 2 diabetes, new Swedish research suggests. "The positive association between [average blood sugar levels] and risk of dementia in fairly young patients with type 2 diabetes indicates a potential for prevention of dementia with improved blood sugar control," study author Dr. Aidin Rawshani, from the National Diabetes Register and Institute of Medicine in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues wrote. However, the study wasn't able to definitively prove a cause-and-effect relationship between blood sugar levels and dementia; it was only able to show an association between these factors. The study included almost 350,000 people with type 2 diabetes. They were all registered in the Swedish National Diabetes Registry between January 2004 and December 2012. They had ... Read more

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Too Little Vitamin D May Hasten Mental Decline

Posted 15 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2015 – Mental function may decline faster in older adults with low levels of vitamin D, a new study suggests. Among more than 380 people the researchers followed for an average of five years, those with dementia had the lowest levels of vitamin D. "It is unclear what vitamin D might be doing," said study author Joshua Miller, chair of the department of nutritional sciences at Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in New Brunswick, N.J. "There is good evidence that vitamin D gets into all cells of the body, including the brain," Miller said, so it's possible that vitamin D protects the brain from developing the plaques and tangles that are associated with Alzheimer's disease. Unfortunately, "there's a good chance that most people over 75 in the United States are vitamin D-deficient," he noted. Miller cautioned that there's no proof that ... Read more

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Could Red Wine Ingredient Affect Progression of Alzheimer's?

Posted 11 Sep 2015 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 11, 2015 – High doses of resveratrol, a compound found in red wine and berries, may have some activity against Alzheimer's disease, a preliminary clinical trial suggests. Resveratrol is an antioxidant that certain plants produce to shield against stress from the environment. People ingest small amounts when they eat red grapes, red wine, berries or dark chocolate. Lab research has suggested that resveratrol might have some powers against the diseases of aging – including Alzheimer's disease. But evidence from human studies has been lacking. The new study, published Sept. 11 in Neurology, offers the first evidence that high-dose, "pharmaceutical-grade" resveratrol can get into the brains of people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's. What's more, it seems to stabilize levels of a protein that is linked to Alzheimer's progression. The study did not, however, show whether ... Read more

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Delirium in Older Surgical Patients Threatens Recovery

Posted 9 Sep 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 9, 2015 – Preventing postsurgical delirium in older patients can help ensure a successful recovery, a new study says. Patients with delirium following major surgery are more likely to have worse outcomes, including lower quality of life, disability or even death, the researchers found. "Delirium, which is characterized by a sudden onset of confusion, is a concern for older adults having surgery or who are hospitalized," senior study author Dr. Sharon Inouye, director of the Aging Brain Center at the Institute for Aging Research in Boston and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, said in a Harvard news release. The study involved 566 patients, aged 70 and older, who didn't suffer from dementia or delirium before they underwent major elective surgery. All were hospitalized for at least three days. Following their procedure, the researchers assessed the ... Read more

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Cutting Calories May Help You Fend Off Age-Linked Disease: Study

Posted 1 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – Want to enjoy a healthier old age? Try eating a little less each day. That's the suggestion from a new study led by researchers at the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA). The "results are quite intriguing," study co-author Dr. Evan Hadley, director of geriatrics and clinical gerontology at the NIA, said in an agency news release. "They show that this degree of sustained calorie restriction can influence disease risk factors and possible predictors of longevity in healthy, non-obese people." The research included more than 200 healthy adults. The adults were young or middle-aged, and either at normal weight or slightly overweight. They were randomly assigned to either a calorie restriction group or to a control group who continued their regular eating habits. Previous animal studies have shown that calorie restriction – taking in fewer calories while still ... Read more

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Too Much Weight in Middle Age Tied to Earlier Alzheimer's

Posted 1 Sep 2015 by

TUESDAY, Sept. 1, 2015 – Avoiding middle-age spread could be one way to delay the onset of dementia, a new study hints. Researchers found that among 142 elderly adults with Alzheimer's disease, those who were overweight at age 50 tended to develop the memory-robbing disorder earlier. On average, the study participants were 83 years old when diagnosed with Alzheimer's. But that age of onset varied according to people's weight at age 50: For each unit increase in body mass index (BMI), Alzheimer's set in about seven months earlier, on average. Other studies have found that obesity may boost the risk of developing Alzheimer's. But this research suggests it also speeds the onset, said senior researcher Dr. Madhav Thambisetty, of the U.S. National Institute on Aging. "We think that's important because one of the goals in Alzheimer's research is to find ways to delay the onset of the ... Read more

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

Posted 26 Aug 2015 by

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 25 Aug 2015 by

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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