Category Archives: News and Research

More daytime sleepiness, more Alzheimer’s risk?

Analysis of data captured during a long-term study of aging adults shows that those who report being very sleepy during the day were nearly three times more likely than those who didn’t to have brain deposits of beta amyloid, a protein that’s a hallmark for Alzheimer’s disease, years later. The finding, reported Sept. 5 in […]

How exercise generates new neurons, improves cognition in Alzheimer’s mouse

A study by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team finds that neurogenesis -inducing the production of new neurons — in the brain structure in which memories are encoded can improve cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. Their investigation shows that those beneficial effects on cognition can be blocked by the hostile […]

Paro the robotic seal provides unconditional love for aged care residents

Meet Paro the seal. Made in Japan, he is a robot, and responds to touch with movements and sound. He is also a pet and a best friend for aged care residents in the rural Queensland town of Gayndah. “It looks like a baby harp seal … he does nuzzle and close his eyes, anything […]

Understanding the origin of Alzheimer’s, looking for a cure

After a decade of work, a team led by Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont researcher and Université de Montréal associate professor Dr. Gilbert Bernier has shed promising light on the origin of the most common and prevalent form of Alzheimer’s disease, hoping to someday help mitigate or even reverse the progress of the disease. The team’s results are […]

Dementia patients could remain at home longer thanks to ground breaking technology

Innovative new technology will enable people with dementia to receive round the clock observation and live independently in their own homes, a new study in the Journal PL0S One reports. During this unique study, researchers from the University of Surrey in partnership with Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust have developed state of the art AI […]

How does alcohol influence the development of Alzheimer’s disease?

Research from the University of Illinois at Chicago has found that some of the genes affected by alcohol and inflammation are also implicated in processes that clear amyloid beta — the protein that forms globs of plaques in the brain and which contributes to neuronal damage and the cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Previous […]

4 New AI software accurately identifies commonest cause of stroke and dementia

Machine learning has detected one of the commonest causes of dementia and stroke, in the most widely used form of brain scan (CT), more accurately than current methods. New software, created by scientists at Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh, has been able to identify and measure the severity of small vessel disease, […]

Age, marital status, BMI and sleep associated with risk for dementia

Could your age, marital status, BMI (body mass index) and amount of sleep impact your risk for dementia? Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) analyzed data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) to identify new combinations of risk factors that are linked to increased risk of dementia in later life. “This study is […]

Move it and use it: Exergaming may help those at risk of Alzheimer’s or related dementias

Older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often a precursor to Alzheimer’s, showed significant improvement with certain complex thinking and memory skills after exergaming, according to a new study. The results could encourage seniors, caregivers and health care providers to pursue or prescribe exergames (video games that also require physical exercise) in hopes of slowing […]

Using VR to Go Back in Time for Those Living with Alzheimer’s

An interview with Howard Green, co-founder of the Wayback Project, conducted by Kate Anderton, BSc How common is Alzheimer’s disease worldwide? What are the main problems faced by individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease? Currently, there are an estimated 46 million people worldwide living with some form of dementia. This figure is set to rise to […]