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Home-Based Intervention May Provide Some Benefit to Patients with Dementia and Their Caregivers

An intervention that targeted modifiable stressors in the home of patients with dementia resulted in better outcomes for the patients and their caregivers at 4 months, but not at 9 months, although the caregivers perceived greater benefits, according to a study in the September 1 issue of JAMA.

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People Over 80 Often Have Mixed Pathologies in Their Brains That Account for Their Memory Loss, Confusion

Most recent studies show that elderly people over the age of 80 often have mixed pathologies in their brains that account for their memory loss and confusion. Very few senior citizens have “pure Alzheimer disease”; therefore, this terminology should be used with caution. It now appears that vascular problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes can shrink the parts of the brain that control memory and can significantly affect at what age elderly people become demented. The following tips may be able to postpone cognitive decline late in life.

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Insulin Resistance, Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Plaques Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

People with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes appear to be at an increased risk of developing plaques in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research published in the August 25, 2010, issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Study Explains Why Alzheimer’s Drug is Both Safe and Effective

Sanford-Burnham scientists uncover new clues to the molecular action of memantine, a drug used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, that show why side effects are rare.

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Aging, Brain Function, Nutrients, B Vitamins, Folate, Dementia, Cognitive Decline, Memory, Depression, Proteins

B Vitamins and the Aging Brain Examined

A U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritionist has collaborated in ongoing research that has taken a closer look at the role the B vitamins may play in preventing decline in brain function.

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Deep Brain Stimulation Shows Promise for Patients with Alzheimer’s

In a world first, Dr. Andres M. Lozano and his team at Toronto Western Hospital has shown using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) on patients with early signs of Alzheimer’s disease is safe and may help improve memory.

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New Pathway to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Diseases

Sanford-Burnham researchers uncover new clues about the cause of brain cell death in neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s diseases

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Sleep Disorder May Signal Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease Up to 50 Years Early

A new study shows that a sleep disorder may be a sign of dementia or Parkinson’s disease up to 50 years before the disorders are diagnosed. The research is published in the July 28, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Delirium in Older Patients Associated with Greater Risk of Death, Dementia and Institutionalization

A review and analysis of previous research indicates that delirium in elderly patients is associated with an increased risk of death, dementia, and institutionalization, independent of age, co-existing illnesses or illness severity, according to a study in the July 28 issue of JAMA.

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SIRT1 Gene Important for Memory

Much-studied protein involved in aging, and tied to red wine ingredient resveratrol, is required for recall in mice; but over-expression fails to improve performance, according to a new study in Journal of Neuroscience.







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