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Keeping up Your Overall Health May Keep Dementia Away

Improving and maintaining health factors not traditionally associated with dementia, such as denture fit, vision and hearing, may lower a person’s risk for developing dementia, according to a new study published in the July 13, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Alzheimer's, alzheimer disease, Alzheimer's Risk Factors, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Gene Analysis, Dementia, Neuropsychology

Researchers Connect Gene to Alzheimer’s Precondition

Connecting a human gene to the risk of developing the Alzheimer’s precondition known as Mild Cognitive Impairment has been somewhat of a holy grail for scientists, but a team led by researchers from Cornell University has ended the quest.

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alzheimer disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Genetic Testing, Genetic Counseling, AD, direct-to-consumer genetic tests, Aging, Geriatrics, Genetics In Medicine, American College Of Medical Genetics

New Guidelines on Genetic Counseling and Testing for Alzheimer Disease

When is it appropriate to perform genetic testing for Alzheimer disease (AD), and what information do patients need to understand their risk? The June issue of Genetics in Medicine, the official peer-reviewed journal of The American College of Medical Genetics (ACMG) presents a new practice guideline on genetic counseling and testing for AD.

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Sundowning, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Elderly, Anxiety, Agitation, Circadian Rhythm, Cholinergic

Study Helps Explain 'Sundowning,' an Anxiety Syndrome in Elderly Dementia Patients

New research provides the best evidence to date that the late-day anxiety and agitation sometimes seen in older institutionalized adults, especially those with dementia, has a biological basis in the brain.

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New Biomarker May Help with Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

A new biomarker may help identify which people with mild memory deficits will go on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published in the June 22, 2011, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The biomarker may be more accurate than the currently established biomarkers.

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Dr. Timothy Ryan, Brain signal, Neurotransmission, Neurodegenerative Conditions, psychiatric conditions, Biochemistry, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson Disease, Dr. Shawn Ferguson, Moritz Armbrustser, Dynamin

Researchers Clock the Speed of Brain Signals

Two studies featuring research from Weill Cornell Medical College have uncovered surprising details about the complex process that leads to the flow of neurotransmitters between brain neurons -- a dance of chemical messages so delicate that missteps often lead to neurological dysfunction.

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Mayo Clinic in Florida, Mayo Clinic, progressive supranuclear palsy, Parkinson’s disease , Alzheimer’s disease

Possible Susceptibility Genes Found in Neurodegenerative Disorder

An international research team, co-led by scientists at Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida, have discovered three potential susceptibility genes for development of progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a rare neurodegenerative disease that causes symptoms similar to those of Parkinson’s disease but is resistant to Parkinson’s medications. Their report is being published online June 19 in Nature Genetics.

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Heightened Immunity to Colds Makes Asthma Flare-Ups Worse

Tempering the immune response - rather than enhancing it - in asthma patients might be a better strategy when combating cold symptoms.

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Brain Scan Identifies Patterns of Plaques and Tangles in Adults with Down Syndrome

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In one of the first studies of its kind, UCLA researchers used a unique brain scan to assess the levels of plaques and tangles — the hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease — in adults with Down syndrome. The finding may offer an additional clinical tool to help diagnose dementia in adults with Down syndrome. Adults with this disorder develop Alzheimer's-like plaque and tangle deposits early, often before the age of 40.

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Obesity, Alzheimer's, Gastric Bypass Surgery, ENDO 2011

Weight Loss After Gastric Bypass Surgery Reduces Expression of Alzheimer’s Genes

Obesity is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, but weight loss due to bariatric surgery may reduce the risk of this common dementia, a new study suggests. The results will be presented Sunday at The Endocrine Society’s 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston.







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