Dementia

New Study of Antipsychotic Use in Dementia

Call for guidelines for the use of antipsychotic drugs by people with dementia in nursing homes. New study suggests regular scrutiny of prescriptions and targeted education for physicians and nurses. [more…]

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Diagnostic Method for Alzheimer’s from Sweden Becomes International Standard

Researchers at Gothenburg University have developed a reference method for standardized measurements that diagnose Alzheimer’s disease decades before symptoms appear. The method has now formally been classified as the international reference method, which means that it will be used as the standard in Alzheimer’s diagnostics worldwide. Beta amyloid protein is commonly found in the brain. […]

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Preventive Neuroradiology in Brain Aging and Cognitive Decline

A new review published online in American Journal of Neuroradiology highlights the concept that cognitive decline can be identified early and prevented by applying quantitative brain imaging techniques. [More]

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Institute of Medicine Report on Cognitive Aging

The Institute of Medicine has recently released a report entitled Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action. This special report addresses “the emerging concept of cognitive aging, the importance of this issue for the nation’s public health, and actions the nation needs to take to better understand and maintain the cognitive health of […]

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Less Than Half Of Alzheimer’s Patients/Caregivers Told Diagnosis

The Alzheimer’s Association’s 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report found that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis by their doctor. In contrast, more than 90 percent of people with the four most common cancers (breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer) say they were […]

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By R Kennedy | Alzheimer's Disease . Dementia
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New Study Cites Tau As The Driver In Alzheimer’s Disease

A study by the Mayo Clinic of over 3,600 postmortem brains showed that progression of dysfunctional tau protein drives the cognitive decline and memory loss seen in Alzheimer’s disease. Amyloid  builds up as dementia progresses, but is not the primary culprit. [More…]

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By R Kennedy | Alzheimer's Disease . Dementia . News
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Many Dementia Patients Never Screened

A study by researchers from the University of Michigan found that despite clear signs that their memory and cognitive abilities have diminished, more than half of seniors with these symptoms have not seen a doctor about them. The study, published in Neurology, documents a clear lack of clinical testing for seniors with signs of cognitive […]

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Sense of Smell May Predict Risk for Cognitive Decline

Two studies presented at the 2014 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AICC) in Copenhagen this month demonstrated that a decrease in the ability to identify odors was significantly associated with loss of brain cell function and progression to Alzheimer’s disease. There is growing evidence that the decreased ability to correctly identify odors is a predictor of cognitive impairment and an […]

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