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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...

2009-08-11 16:04:56

Both being more physically active and adhering to a Mediterranean-type diet appears to be associated with reduced Alzheimer's risk, according to a new report in the August 12, 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).While previous studies have only investigated the association between either physical activity or diet and Alzheimer's disease risk separately, this new research explored their combined association."Often times people who exercise also follow a healthy...

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2009-08-05 15:14:41

Scientists have determined a link between high cholesterol and an increased risk of Alzheimer's. Writing in the journal Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, researchers found that even borderline "“ defined as 200 to 239 mg/dL "“ cholesterol levels have an impact on a person's likelihood of dementia. The study involved 9,844 men and women. Researchers studied the cholesterol levels of each participant between 1964 and 1973, when they were between the ages of 40 and 45....

2009-08-04 15:50:54

A 40-year study suggests having high cholesterol in midlife increases the risk for Alzheimer's disease in later years, U.S. and Finnish researchers say. Researchers at Kaiser Permanente and the University of Kuopio in Finland say the study of of 9,844 men and women suggests high cholesterol in midlife -- 240 or higher milligrams per deciliter of blood -- increases the risk for Alzheimer's disease later in life by 66 percent. Borderline cholesterol levels of 200-239 mg/dL raised the risk...

2009-08-04 09:59:24

Elevated cholesterol levels in midlife "“ even levels considered only borderline elevated "“ significantly increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia later in life, according to a new study by researchers at Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research and the University of Kuopio in Finland. The study appears in the journal Dementia & Geriatric Cognitive Disorders.The four-decade study of 9,844 men and women found that having high cholesterol in midlife (240...

2009-08-03 16:50:22

People who engage in activities that exercise the brain, such as reading, writing, and playing card games, may delay the rapid memory decline that occurs if they later develop dementia, according to a study published in the August 4, 2009, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.The study involved 488 people age 75 to 85 who did not have dementia at the start of the study. They were followed for an average of five years; during...

2009-07-29 14:40:00

Latest Research Provides More Reasons to Eat America's Favorite Fruit WATSONVILLE, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Strawberries are good for your brain, according to breaking news out of the 2009 Berry Health Symposium. Several of the latest studies, conducted by world-renowned researchers, consistently showed that strawberry consumption is a simple way to improve cognitive function. For example, one study presented by researchers from the Chicago Healthy Aging Project (CHAP)...


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