Women’s better verbal memory skills may mask early signs of Alzheimer’s

Women may have better verbal memory skills than men even when their brains show the same level of problems metabolizing glucose, which occurs in people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to research published in the October 5, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. “Women perform better than men […]

For women, caffeine could be ally in warding off dementia

Among a group of older women, self-reported caffeine consumption of more than 261 mg per day was associated with a 36 percent reduction in the risk of incident dementia over 10 years of follow-up. This level is equivalent to two to three 8-oz cups of coffee per day, five to six 8-oz cups of black […]

Dementia: Catching the memory thief

It’s over a hundred years since the first case of Alzheimer’s disease was diagnosed. Since then we’ve learned a great deal about the protein ‘tangles’ and ‘plaques’ that cause the disease. How close are we to having effective treatments — and could we even prevent dementia from occurring in the first place? You may have […]

Memory loss not enough to diagnose Alzheimer’s

Relying on clinical symptoms of memory loss to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease may miss other forms of dementia caused by Alzheimer’s that don’t initially affect memory, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. “These individuals are often overlooked in clinical trial designs and are missing out on opportunities to participate in clinical trials to treat Alzheimer’s,” said […]

Parkinson’s study could pave way for early detection test

A test that can detect Parkinson’s disease in the early stages of the illness has moved a step closer. Scientists have developed a way of detecting a molecule linked to the condition in samples of spinal fluid from patients. Experts say that the test needs to be validated with a larger sample group but they […]

New treatment strategy against Alzheimer’s disease?

New research suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may trigger increased expression of an enzyme called lysozyme, which attempts to counteract amyloid build-up in the brain. Investigators found that the expression of lysozyme was increased in the brains of both transgenic mice and humans with Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, lysozyme had favorable effects when expressed in different fly […]

Alzheimer’s: Nicotinic receptors as a new therapeutic target

Several scientific studies have indicated that nicotine may be beneficial for memory function. Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS set out to shed further light on the properties attributed to nicotine — which is known to have an adverse effect on health — by determining the precise structure of the nicotinic receptors in […]

From pollution to caffeine intake: Researcher reveals dementia risks

Dementia strikes one in 14 people in the UK over 65, and 47 million people worldwide.Yet scientists are still urgently trying to find why the disease affects some but not others. Dr Ruth Peters, a neuropsychologist from Imperial College London, is one such scientist. Her research involves trying to pinpoint the risk factors for dementia. […]

Could a Fluffy Pet Robot Revolutionize Dementia Care?

  With no cure on the horizon and a growing number of cases around the world, researchers are studying whether robots could replace costly medication in the treatment of dementia—and also improve the quality of care in nursing homes. With its long, batting eyelashes and wails for attention, the furry seal robot called Paro almost […]

Study suggests ‘use it or lose it’ to defend against memory loss

Iowa State University researchers have identified a protein essential for building memories that appears to predict the progression of memory loss and brain atrophy in Alzheimer’s patients. Auriel Willette, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition; and Ashley Swanson, a graduate research assistant, say the findings also suggest there is a link between […]