Interventions to prevent cognitive decline, dementia

Interventions to prevent cognitive decline, dementia Cognitive training, blood pressure management for people with hypertension, and increased physical activity all show modest but inconclusive evidence that they can help prevent cognitive decline and dementia, but there is insufficient evidence to support a public health campaign encouraging their adoption, says a new report. Interventions to prevent…

Anti-epilepsy drug restores normal brain activity in mild Alzheimer's disease

Anti-epilepsy drug restores normal brain activity in mild Alzheimer’s disease An anti-epileptic drug has been tested for its potential impact on the brain activity of patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease. The team documented changes in patients’ EEGs that suggest the drug could have a beneficial effect. Anti-epilepsy drug restores normal brain activity in mild Alzheimer’s…

Leisure activities lower blood pressure in Alzheimer's caregivers

Leisure activities lower blood pressure in Alzheimer’s caregivers Going for a walk outside, reading, listening to music — these and other enjoyable activities can reduce blood pressure for elderly caregivers of spouses with Alzheimer’s disease, suggests a study. Leisure activities lower blood pressure in Alzheimer’s caregivers Source: Science Daily Mind & Brain

Proton pump inhibitors do not contribute to dementia or Alzheimer's disease

Proton pump inhibitors do not contribute to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease Noting that the prescription of proton pump inhibitors is on the rise among middle-aged and older adults, a team of researchers designed a new study to examine PPIs and the risk of dementia, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease. They published their study in…

Alzheimer's disease risk linked to a network of genes associated with myeloid cells

Alzheimer’s disease risk linked to a network of genes associated with myeloid cells Researchers have found that a network of genes associated with myeloid cells is central to Alzheimer’s disease susceptibility. Alzheimer’s disease risk linked to a network of genes associated with myeloid cells Source: Science Daily Mind & Brain

Greater muscle strength, better cognitive function for older people

Greater muscle strength, better cognitive function for older people Greater muscle strength is associated with better cognitive function in ageing men and women, according to a new study. The association of extensively measured upper and lower body muscle strength with cognitive function was observed, but handgrip strength was not associated with cognitive function. Greater muscle…

Alzheimer's gene associated with failure to adapt to cognitive challenge in healthy adults

Alzheimer’s gene associated with failure to adapt to cognitive challenge in healthy adults Healthy adults carrying the gene APOE4 — the strongest known genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) — may struggle to adapt their brain activity to increasing cognitive demands as they get older, according to a study. Alzheimer’s gene associated with failure…

Drug discovery: Alzheimer's and Parkinson's spurred by same enzyme

Drug discovery: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s spurred by same enzyme Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are different. But at the biochemical level, these two neurodegenerative diseases start to look similar. This is how Emory scientists landed on a potential drug target for Parkinson’s. Drug discovery: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s spurred by same enzyme Source: Science Daily Mind…

'Brain training' app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment

‘Brain training’ app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment A ‘brain training’ game could help improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia, suggests a new study. ‘Brain training’ app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment Source: Science Daily Mind & Brain

Newly discovered gene variants link innate immunity and Alzheimer's disease

Newly discovered gene variants link innate immunity and Alzheimer’s disease Three new gene variants, found in a genome wide association study of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), point to the brain’s immune cells in the onset of the disorder. These genes encode three proteins that are found in microglia, cells that are part of the brain’s injury…