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2011-09-27 12:58:18

Up-and-down cycle flattens as age disrupts pattern A marker for Alzheimer's disease rises and falls in the spinal fluid in a daily pattern that echoes the sleep cycle, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found. The pattern is strongest in healthy young people and reinforces a link between increased Alzheimer's risk and inadequate sleep that had been discovered in animal models. The brain's relative inactivity during sleep may provide an opportunity...

Award-winning Research Points Toward Alzheimer’s Vaccine
2011-09-27 03:44:50

An accomplice to the protein that causes plaque buildup in Alzheimer's disease is the focus of a potential new treatment, according to research by a Georgia Health Sciences University graduate student. In Alzheimer's, the amyloid protein can accumulate in the brain instead of being eliminated by the body's natural defenses, nestling between the neurons and forming impassable plaques. Amyloid and the way it gets there could be targets for a new vaccine. "RAGE, or receptor for advanced...

2011-09-19 08:14:16

Researchers whose findings on the detrimental impact of some common medicines on elderly people were widely reported earlier in the summer have found that taking a few of these medicines does not appear to cause further cognitive impairment in those already suffering from dementia. In a paper published Sept. 18 by the journal Age and Ageing, Dr Chris Fox of the University of East Anglia (UEA) and colleagues from a number of other universities and the NHS describe how they studied a...

2011-07-22 06:47:01

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- New research reveals the same artery-clogging process that causes heart disease -- known as atherosclerosis -- may also contribute to dementia. Atherosclerosis is a build-up of plaque in the arteries that is associated with high blood pressure, cholesterol and other risk factors. Cognitive impairment, which is also known as dementia, is characterized by difficulty with thinking, reasoning and memory. It can be caused by vascular disease, Alzheimer's disease or a...

2011-07-22 01:48:38

American Stroke Association Scientific Statement Statement Highlights:"¢ High blood pressure is related to the development of age-related vascular cognitive impairment."¢ Maintaining a healthy heart may also maintain a healthy functioning brain, according to the statement."¢ Screening elderly patients for heart and stroke risk factors may also identify those at risk of dementia.  The same artery-clogging process (atherosclerosis) that causes heart disease can also result...

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2011-07-14 11:19:06

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. "Our study suggests that rather than just paying attention to already known risk factors for dementia, such as diabetes or heart disease, keeping up with your...

2011-07-14 07:15:52

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ A new study has found that through non-traditional ways of maintaining your overall health, you may lower your risk for developing dementia. By improving certain health factors, most importantly by exercising, it's possible to keep dementia away. "We looked at a large number of things which individually on their own are not associated with Alzheimer's, but you put them all together and the overall picture is associated with Alzheimer's. We did this to understand...

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2011-05-03 10:20:00

Those extra pounds during middle age could lead to a higher risk of dementia later in life, a new study says. Over 8,500 Swedish twins were involved in the study that suggests middle aged people who are overweight, but not obese, were 71% more likely to develop dementia than those who are at a normal weight. The findings are published in the journal Neurology. Lead author Dr. Weili Xu of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and her colleagues gathered the height and weight of twins with an...

2011-02-23 08:21:31

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- As the average life span is increasing, dementia becomes much more common. It's now known that everyone can minimize their risk of being affected by watching and controlling their weight and blood pressure in addition to working out and increasing mental activity. In addition to dementia, cognitive impairment is also on the rise. It is estimated that more than 24 million people worldwide who are 75 years and older are affected by dementia, most of which are suffering...

2011-02-21 14:13:18

As the average life span becomes longer, dementia becomes more common. Swedish scientist Laura Fratiglioni has shown that everyone can minimize his or her risk of being affected. Factors from blood pressure and weight to the degree of physical and mental activity can influence cognitive functioning as one gets older. The lengthening of the average life span in the population has caused an increase in the prevalence of aging related disorders, one of which is cognitive impairment and dementia....