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2009-07-14 08:45:00

VIENNA, July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eating a "heart healthy" diet and maintaining or increasing participation in moderate physical activity may help preserve our memory and thinking abilities as we age, according to new research reported today at the Alzheimer's Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD 2009) in Vienna. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090529/ICADLOGO ) "We can't do anything about aging or family history, but research...

2009-05-22 09:49:24

Analyzing MRI studies of the brain with software developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) may allow diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and of mild cognitive impairment, a lesser form of dementia that precedes the development of Alzheimer's by several years. In their report that will appear in the journal Brain and has been released online, the MGH/Martinos team show how their software program can accurately differentiate patients with mild...

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2009-05-18 06:55:00

New research suggests that stimulating the brain by working longer into senior years could possibly prevent Alzheimer's disease, BBC News reported.  In a study comprised of 1,320 dementia patients, 382 of which were men, findings revealed that the men that continued to work late in life were able to maintain keenness of the brain enough to ward off dementia.  The Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London conducted the study and published its findings in the International...

2009-01-08 11:15:00

Home Edition of #1 Brain Fitness Product for Senior Living Communities LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The threat of dementia looms large for anyone over the age of 60, sending consumers scrambling for a way to preserve their brain health. Now a brain training product called the Dakim BrainFitness System helps the over-60 crowd maintain mental acuity through challenging and fun multimedia brain games with names like 'Word Wager' and 'Jukebox Jitterbug' that are as entertaining as a TV...

2008-11-13 18:00:24

Greater education may help buffer against amyloid plaques and other brain pathology linked to Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said. Scientists at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found some study participants whose brain scans revealed brain plaques -- deposits of protein that have been linked to Alzheimer's disease -- still performed well on tests of their cognitive ability. Those doing well on the tests were likely to...

2008-08-19 09:01:13

Dakim Inc. announced today that its (m)Power(R) Cognitive Fitness System has now been adopted by more than 150 senior living communities to help residents protect themselves against dementia. More senior living providers use (m)Power than any other brain fitness program because it is the only solution built for the long-term use found to be critical in combating memory loss, typically requires no caregiver assistance, and is highly cost-effective because of the self-service nature of the...

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2008-02-01 16:32:55

Research led by Columbia University Medical Center NEW YORK "“ A Columbia University Medical Center research team has uncovered how stimulation of a particular brain region can help stave off the deficits in working memory, associated with an extended sleep deprivation. Working memory is a specific form of short-term memory that relates to the ability to store task-specific information for a limited timeframe, e.g., where your car is parked in a huge mall lot or remembering a phone...

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2007-06-23 06:20:00

For the first time, there is evidence that daily meditation appears to improve memory loss and may strengthen parts of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease. That has to be welcome news to the millions of Americans facing the threat of this brain-destroying disease -- expected to strike in epidemic numbers among aging baby boomers in the coming decades. However, experts warn that the study showing that meditation improved memory function and increased blood flow to vital areas of the...

2006-02-15 19:10:00

By Patricia Reaney LONDON -- Alzheimer's disease, a leading cause of dementia in the elderly, appears later in highly educated people -- but once it does, it advances more quickly, scientists said on Thursday. "We find that after the onset of manifestations of Alzheimer's disease patients with higher education decline faster," Dr Nikolaos Scarmeas, of Columbia University Medical Center in New York, said in an interview. He and his team followed the progression of the illness in 312 people who...

2005-09-23 10:53:13

By Amy Norton NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with challenging jobs may have to work hard, but the payoff could be some protection against Alzheimer's disease later in life, new research suggests. In a study of more than 10,000 older Swedish adults who were part of a twin registry, researchers found that people with a history of "complex" work had a lower risk of Alzheimer's disease. The same held true even among twin pairs in which one was affected by Alzheimer's but the other...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'