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2010-05-24 07:45:45

According to new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease Knowledge regarding environmental factors influencing the risk of Alzheimer's disease is surprisingly scarce, despite substantial research in this area. In particular, the roles of smoking and alcohol consumption still remain controversial. A new study published this month in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease suggests a protective effect of alcohol consumption on the risk of Alzheimer's disease, particularly in women who...

2010-03-05 13:45:24

How diabetes and depression interact to lead to dementia is not yet clear Adults who have both diabetes and major depression are more than twice as likely to develop dementia, compared to adults with diabetes only, according to a study published in the recent Journal of General Internal Medicine. Dementia is the progressive decline of thinking and reasoning abilities. These can include memory loss, difficulty with basic math, wandering, living in the past, personality changes, and not...

2010-02-24 12:12:03

Oldest men and women experience 18 percent annual dementia incidence that increases with age University of California researchers found that the incidence rate for all causes of dementia in people age 90 and older is 18.2% annually and significantly increases with age in both men and women. This research, called "The 90+ Study," is one of only a few to examine dementia in this age group, and the first to have sufficient participation of centenarians. Findings of the study appear in the...

2010-02-09 07:39:32

High blood pressure appears to predict the progression to dementia in older adults with impaired executive functions (ability to organize thoughts and make decisions) but not in those with memory dysfunction, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Although midlife hypertension has been confirmed as a risk factor for the development of dementia in late life, there have been conflicting findings about the role of late-life...

2010-01-19 11:57:22

Cognitive fluctuations, or episodes when train of thought temporarily is lost, are more likely to occur in older persons who are developing Alzheimer's disease than in their healthy peers, according to scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Cognitive fluctuations include excessive daytime sleepiness, staring into space and disorganized or illogical thinking. "If you have these lapses, they don't by themselves mean that you have Alzheimer's," says senior author...

2010-01-07 11:00:00

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ --The first dementia-fighting brain fitness software for seniors will soon be released by Dakim, Inc., developer of the #1 brain training system used in senior living communities. The new Dakim BrainFitness software edition helps the post-55 generation maintain mental acuity with the same entertaining, scientifically based activities as the hardware-based institutional unit, providing an affordable $495 solution for home users to thwart dementia symptoms such...

2009-11-10 14:07:34

Combination therapies to tackle multiple changes in the brain may be needed to combat the growing problem of dementia in ageing societies, according to a study published this week in the open access journal PLoS Medicine. The study shows that multiple abnormal processes in the brain are often involved in cases of dementia, and that the drugs currently in development to treat individual brain pathologies may have a limited impact on the overall burden of dementia in the population. Dementia...

2009-11-09 16:40:54

Individuals with weaker muscles appear to have a higher risk for Alzheimer's disease and declines in cognitive function over time, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Alzheimer's disease is characterized by declines in memory and other cognitive (thinking, learning and memory) functions, according to background information in the article. However, it is also associated with other features, such as impaired gait and other...

2009-11-03 12:44:56

High blood pressure, evidence of arterial disease and markers of inflammation in the blood in middle age appear more common in individuals whose parents have Alzheimer's disease than in individuals without a parental history of the condition, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Previous twin studies estimate that as much as 60 percent of the risk for Alzheimer's disease is under genetic control, according to...

2009-08-13 06:45:40

Elderly people who ate lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, cereal and fish and generally avoided red meat and poultry and who were physically active had a lower risk of Alzheimer disease, according to a new study. In a second study, adherence to a Mediterranean diet was associated with slower cognitive decline, but was not associated with a decreased risk of dementia. Nikolaos Scarmeas, M.D., of Columbia University Medical Center, New York, and colleagues examined the combined association of...