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Dialysis Linked to Dementia in Seniors

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TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – Older kidney failure patients on hemodialysis have high rates of dementia, which is associated with an increased risk of early death, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 357,000 dialysis patients aged 66 and older and found their risk of being diagnosed with dementia one and five years after starting dialysis was 4.6 percent and 16 percent among ...

More Alzheimer's Gene Links Found

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TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – U.S. researchers say they've identified more genes that may be associated with Alzheimer's disease. They studied nearly 6,000 people with Alzheimer's and 5,000 people with healthy brains and pinpointed rare variations in genes that may play a role in the mind-degenerating disease. The newly identified genes suggest that an inflammatory response and changes in the ...

Eye Disease Link to Alzheimer's Seen

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SUNDAY, Aug. 12, 2018 – Researchers have discovered a link between three degenerative eye diseases and Alzheimer's disease. They say their findings could lead to new ways to identify people at high risk for Alzheimer's. "We don't mean people with these eye conditions will get Alzheimer's disease," said lead researcher Cecilia Lee, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of ...

How Severe Brain Injuries Might Trigger Dementia

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 – A single traumatic brain injury can raise a person's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. "Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability in young adults," said researcher Elisa Zanier, from the Mario Negri Institute in Milan, Italy. "Moreover, even in milder cases, it represents a risk factor for dementia, such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy ...

AHA: Limit Diet Sodas and Drinks, Stick to Water Instead

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MONDAY, July 30, 2018 (American Heart Association) – People are drinking fewer diet drinks these days, and a panel of health experts agrees that's a good idea. A science advisory from the American Heart Association (AHA) counsels against regular and long-term consumption of diet beverages, particularly in children. Instead, the group of leading nutritionists, doctors and researchers urged people ...

Alzheimer's Drug Trial Offers New Hope, But Uncertainty, Too

Posted 26 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 26 – There have been many setbacks on the long road to finding a treatment that might slow or stop Alzheimer's disease, but a new trial offers a glimmer of hope. Researchers report that an experimental drug called BAN2401 slowed mental decline by as much as 30 percent in Alzheimer's patients. It also appeared to clear away the amyloid protein plaques in the brain that have long ...

Sleeping Pills May Be Poor Choice for Dementia Patients

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – Giving dementia patients sleeping pills might raise their risk of broken bones, a new study suggests. Researchers compared data from nearly 3,000 dementia patients who took the commonly prescribed sleep drugs zolpidem, zopiclone and zaleplon (so-called Z-drugs) and nearly 1,700 dementia patients who did not take the drugs. The brand names for these drugs include ...

Virtual Reality as a Window Into Dementia

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WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – Virtual reality might one day help train medical students how to best care for dementia patients, a new study suggests. Researchers used virtual reality simulations to help prepare about 20 high school students in Chicago to interact with seniors with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia in an art therapy program called Bringing Art to Life. The simulations included ...

Intensive Blood Pressure Control May Help Preserve Brain Health

Posted 25 Jul 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, July 25, 2018 – Strict blood pressure control not only benefits your heart, it might also help save your brain, preliminary research suggests. Older adults whose systolic blood pressure (the top number in a reading) was kept at 120 mm Hg or less saw a 19 percent decrease in their risk for mental difficulties known as mild cognitive impairment, according to trial results presented ...

The Right Lighting Can Calm Alzheimer's Patients

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TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 – Lighting that mimics natural night-day patterns might improve sleep and mood problems for Alzheimer's patients living in nursing homes, new research suggests. The lighting intervention, designed to stimulate dementia patients' circadian rhythm – which regulates sleep and wake cycles – led to significant decreases in sleep disturbance, depression and agitation, the ...

Could Pot-Linked Drug Help Ease Agitation in Alzheimer's?

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TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 – The active ingredient in pot that gets you high can calm agitation in people with advanced Alzheimer's disease, a small new study suggests. Canadian researchers found that a form of synthetic THC significantly decreased agitation in a small group of Alzheimer's patients, working even better than the drugs now used. "This is the first clinical trial to show that a ...

Why Alzheimer's May Be Tougher to Spot in Women

Posted 23 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 – If your memory starts slipping, your gender may play a role in whether or not you are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. How? Women excel in a skill called verbal memory – the ability to learn and remember verbal information such as stories or grocery lists. At the moment, tests to detect Alzheimer's disease rely heavily on measuring this skill, ...

Having More Kids Tied to Lower Odds of Alzheimer's in Women

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MONDAY, July 23, 2018 – A woman's fertility might help predict how likely she is to develop dementia later in life, two new studies suggest. Women who were very fertile appeared to have some protection against dementia, a Kaiser Permanente study found. This included women who had more children, more years of fertility, and menstruation that started earlier and ended later in their lives, ...

Many Americans With Dementia Don't Know They Have It: Study

Posted 23 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 23, 2018 – Many older Americans with dementia don't know they have the disease, a new study indicates. A review of data from 585 Medicare recipients with probable dementia found nearly 6 out of 10 were either undiagnosed or unaware of their diagnosis. Those who had less than a high school education, who went to medical visits alone and who had fewer problems with daily tasks were ...

Life Is Short After Dementia Diagnosis, No Matter Your Age

Posted 22 Jul 2018 by

SUNDAY, July 22, 2018 – Your age doesn't determine how long you'll live after a dementia diagnosis, new research contends. "These findings suggest that, despite all efforts, and despite being younger and perhaps physically 'healthier' than older people, survival time in people with young-onset dementia has not improved since 2000," said study author Dr. Hanneke Rhodius-Meester, from VU ...

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