Elevated rate of autism symptoms found in children with Tourette syndrome

Elevated rate of autism symptoms found in children with Tourette syndrome Around one in five children with Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements and vocalizations, met criteria for autism, a study shows. But this prevalence may be more a reflection of similarity in symptoms than actual autism, according to the study’s researchers. …

Genes, ozone, and autism

Genes, ozone, and autism Exposure to ozone in the environment puts individuals with high levels of genetic variation at an even higher risk for developing autism than would be expected just by adding the two risk factors together, a new analysis shows. The study is the first to look at the combined effects of genome-wide…

Alzheimer's disease study links brain health, physical activity

Alzheimer’s disease study links brain health, physical activity People at risk for Alzheimer’s disease who do more moderate-intensity physical activity, but not light-intensity physical activity, are more likely to have healthy patterns of glucose metabolism in their brain, according to a new study. Alzheimer’s disease study links brain health, physical activity Source: Science Daily Healthy…

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…

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…