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Certain Female Vets May Face Higher Dementia Risk

Posted 2 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 – The toll of U.S. military service can be steep for female veterans, with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and brain injury each significantly raising the odds of later dementia, new research suggests. The study, of more than 100,000 older women veterans, spotlights the risk factors stemming from military service that can lead to thinking and memory problems ...

How Puzzles, Games Might Help Your Aging Brain

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 – Those Sunday crossword puzzles may not prevent the aging brain from slowing down – but they might protect it in a different way, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at the "use it or lose it" theory on brain health. The concept holds that mentally engaging activities – from reading to crosswords to board games – may help the brain resist dementia later in life. In ...

Health Tip: What Causes Memory Loss?

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Mild memory issues are common from time to time, especially as you age, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The agency says anything that affects the processes of thinking and learning can affect memory. It mentions these common causes of memory loss: Certain drugs can interfere with memory, including over-the-counter and prescription sleeping pills, antihistamines, anti-anxiety ...

Doctors' Office Dementia Tests Are Often Wrong: Study

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28, 2018 – Fast tests designed to help primary care doctors rapidly spot dementia in their elderly patients often get it wrong, a new British report contends. The finding concerns three widely used quick dementia tests: the "Mini-Mental State Examination" (intended to assess mental orientation and verbal memory); the "Memory Impairment Screen" (which tests verbal memory); and ...

Key Strategies When Caring for a Loved One With Dementia

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Nov. 25, 2018 – People caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's or other types of dementia should focus on four main safety issues, an expert says. Nearly 6 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association. About 16.1 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias. "When approaching dementia families, I follow the ...

Give Thanks for These Foods That Help Preserve Aging Memory

Posted 22 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 – When your mom told you to eat your veggies and drink your orange juice, she was on to something: They may help preserve your brain health, new research suggests. A 20-year study of men who were health professionals tied a diet rich in leafy greens, orange and red vegetables, berries and orange juice to reduced risk of memory loss (or "cognitive function"). "This study ...

Health Tip: Should You Be Worried About Memory Loss?

Posted 21 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

-- It's taking you longer than it once did to learn a new task. Or you've forgotten about today's doctor's appointment. Should you be worried? In other words, do you have mild forgetfulness or symptoms of a more serious memory problem? The National Institute on Aging says you should speak to your doctor, who can help determine if your memory and thinking problems are normal or not, and what might ...

For Down Syndrome Adults, Death and Dementia Often Come Together

Posted 19 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 – Seven in 10 people with Down syndrome show evidence of dementia when they die, new research from Britain reveals. "The link between Down syndrome and Alzheimer's disease has been known for some years now," explained study author Rosalyn Hithersay, a doctoral candidate in the department of forensic and neurodevelopmental science at King's College London. The link may boil ...

Untreated Hearing Loss Can Be Costly for Seniors

Posted 8 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 – Having hearing loss and not knowing it might translate into higher medical bills and other health problems for many seniors, two new studies suggest. In one study, researchers analyzed data from more than 77,000 U.S. patients with untreated age-related hearing loss, and compared them to people without hearing loss. Among the patients with hearing loss, average total ...

'Stress Hormone' Tied to Worse Memory in Middle Age

Posted 24 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 24, 2018 – Middle-aged people with higher-than-average levels of the "stress" hormone cortisol may have fuzzier memories, a new study suggests. The study, of more than 2,000 adults, found those with relatively high cortisol levels in their blood tended to perform worse on memory tests. They also showed less tissue volume in certain areas of the brain, versus people with average ...

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Has Dementia

Posted 23 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 – Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor – the first woman on the high court – has dementia, "probably Alzheimer's disease," she announced Tuesday. Doctors diagnosed her with the beginning stages of dementia "some time ago," O'Connor, 88, said in a letter addressed to "friends and fellow Americans." O'Connor wrote: "As this condition has progressed, I am ...

Preeclampsia Tied to Tripling of Dementia in Later Life

Posted 18 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 – High blood pressure during pregnancy can be a sign of preeclampsia – a potentially life-threatening complication. Now, new research suggests preeclampsia might also make women more vulnerable to a specific type of dementia. Women with a history of preeclampsia were 3.4 times more likely to suffer from vascular dementia later in life, the researchers found. This form ...

Map of Mouse Hippocampus Could Be Weapon Against Alzheimer's

Posted 17 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17, 2018 – A precision map of a part of the brain of the lowly mouse could be a potent new research tool against Alzheimer's, researchers say. The highly detailed look at the mouse hippocampus should provide new insight into a range of brain diseases in humans, according to the research team from the University of Southern California. That's because the mouse brain is organized ...

Health Tip: 10 Signs of Alzheimer's

Posted 12 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Nearly 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, the Alzheimer's Association says. The association lists 10 warnings signs of Alzheimer's: Memory lapses that affect everyday life. Challenges in planning and solving routine problems. Difficulty completing familiar tasks. Confusion over time or place. Trouble understanding spatial or visual ...

Most People Can Recognize About 5,000 Faces

Posted 11 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – Next time you struggle to put a name to a face, go easy on yourself. You probably recognize thousands of people. Participants in a British study recognized 1,000 to 10,000 faces, with the average number being an astonishing 5,000. The faces included people they knew from their personal lives, as well as famous people. "Our study focused on the number of faces people ...

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