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Low-Dose Aspirin Doesn’t Affect Dementia Risk in Diabetes Patients, Study Finds

Taking low-dose aspirin does not affect the risk of dementia or mental decline in adults with type 2 diabetes, researchers say.

Drinking Coffee or Tea May Lower Your Risk of Stroke and Dementia, New Study Finds

People who drink coffee or tea, either alone or in combination, may lower their risk of stroke and dementia, researchers say

Is Your Diet Upping Your Risk of Dementia?

People who eat a diet filled with inflammatory foods may be increasing their risk of dementia, researchers say.

Robotic Pets Are Helping People with Dementia

Robotic cat therapy helps improve mood and cognition in patients with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, researchers say.

Missing Teeth, Higher Odds for Dementia?

Tooth loss increases the risk of cognitive impairment and dementia, new study finds.

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04 Jul
Research Spots Gene That Raises Alzheimer's Risk for Women

Research Spots Gene That Raises Alzheimer's Risk for Women

Researchers studying genes involved in Alzheimer's disease have identified a new gene, called MGMT, that increases risk for this common dementia in women.

“This is one of a few and perhaps the strongest associations of a

03 Jul
Loved One With Alzheimer's? Make This July 4 'Dementia Friendly'

Loved One With Alzheimer's? Make This July 4 'Dementia Friendly'

A holiday filled with loud noises can be upsetting for people who have Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, but it's possible to create a Fourth of July celebration that works for everyone.

"Being proactive, prepared and adaptable are the best ways caregivers can cre...

30 Jun
Brain Changes Link Menopause With Higher Alzheimer's Risk

Brain Changes Link Menopause With Higher Alzheimer's Risk

Women are more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than men, and a new study shows that certain brain changes known to increase this risk may accrue during menopause.

Women who have gone throug...

29 Jun
Could Getting Your Flu Shot Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

Could Getting Your Flu Shot Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

A yearly flu shot may do more than protect you from a nasty bout of influenza: New research suggests it may help guard against Alzheimer's disease as well.

People who were vaccinated at least once ...

29 Jun
Vision Issues Could Raise Odds for Dementia

Vision Issues Could Raise Odds for Dementia

Untreated vision loss may put an older adult at an increased risk for dementia, though it's not clear why, according to a new study.

Researchers found that the likelihood of having some form of cognitive impairment was 137% higher in seniors who had trouble seeing than i...

22 Jun
Inhaled Pollutants Go Directly From Lungs to Brain: Study

Inhaled Pollutants Go Directly From Lungs to Brain: Study

Breathing in air pollution can lead to toxic particles entering the brain -- and not just through the nose. New research suggests they have a direct pathway through the bloodstream, potenti...

22 Jun
Researchers Spot Sign of Alzheimer's Risk That Scammers Love

Researchers Spot Sign of Alzheimer's Risk That Scammers Love

Could the way a senior handles his or her money offer clues about their risk for Alzheimer's disease?

Yes, according to a new study involving dozens of el...

17 Jun
Salsa Is Smart: Latin Dance May Boost Your Aging Brain

Salsa Is Smart: Latin Dance May Boost Your Aging Brain

Latin dance classes may be a great workout and social outlet, but new research suggests that learning the intricate steps of the salsa, samba and merengue may also improve your memory.

In the ...

10 Jun
Veterans May Face Lower Risk for CTE Than Ex-Athletes

Veterans May Face Lower Risk for CTE Than Ex-Athletes

A degenerative brain condition uncovered in some former professional athletes has been reported in military veterans as well, but a new study suggests it's uncommon and questions whether service itself confers the risk.

At issue is a condition called

09 Jun
Shingles Won't Raise Risk for Dementia: Study

Shingles Won't Raise Risk for Dementia: Study

If you've survived a painful bout of shingles, at least you won't have to worry that it might raise your future risk of dementia, new research indicates.

Shingles, caused by the reactivation o...

09 Jun
Isolation May Raise Odds for Dementia, Brain Study Suggests

Isolation May Raise Odds for Dementia, Brain Study Suggests

Staying connected to others may help protect your brain as you age, new research reveals.

The study showed that

02 Jun
What People With Early-Onset Dementia Want You to Know

What People With Early-Onset Dementia Want You to Know

An elevator encounter that happened to Laurie Waters highlights the daily plight faced by early-onset Alzheimer's patients like her.

Waters, 57, was stuck in an elevator at an Alzh...

20 May
Risk Factors for Dementia May Change With Age

Risk Factors for Dementia May Change With Age

Dementia risk factors appear to shift with age, and experts say knowing that could help people make lifestyle changes to reduce their chances of developing the disease.

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12 May
Major Head Trauma May Up Risks for Dementia

Major Head Trauma May Up Risks for Dementia

People who've had a major traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be at increased risk for dementia, according to a new study.

"Approximately 1 in 10 people in our study who had major TBI did develop

05 May
Adding These Foods to Your Diet Could Keep Dementia Away

Adding These Foods to Your Diet Could Keep Dementia Away

A diet rich in the antioxidants that leafy, green vegetables and colorful fruit deliver is good for your body, and now new research shows it also protects your brain.

In the study, people whose blood...

25 Apr
Heart Risk Factors Can Be Recipe for Dementia

Heart Risk Factors Can Be Recipe for Dementia

The faster you pile up heart disease risk factors, the greater your odds of developing dementia, a new study suggests.

Previous research has linked heart health threats such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity with mental decline and dementia.

Amassing tho...

21 Apr
Former College Football Players Suffer More Brain Disorders as They Age

Former College Football Players Suffer More Brain Disorders as They Age

College football players live longer than those who didn't play, but they suffer more brain-related issues as they age, a new study finds.

Among former Notre Dame football players, being physically fit was tied to lower deaths from heart disease and diabetes. But the for...

20 Apr
Race Plays Huge Role in Dementia Risk

Race Plays Huge Role in Dementia Risk

Black, Hispanic and Asian Americans have an increased risk of being diagnosed with dementia as they age -- for reasons that are not entirely understood, a large new study finds.

The study, of nearly 1.9 million older U.S. veterans, found that compared with their white co...

20 Apr
How Does Exercise Guard Against Dementia? Study Reveals Clues

How Does Exercise Guard Against Dementia? Study Reveals Clues

Exercise may help safeguard your brain as you age, and a new study suggests how this might happen.

Previous research has shown that physical activity helps protect brain cells. This paper indicates it may do that through lower levels of insulin and body fat.

"These...

14 Apr
Live Healthy, Live Longer Without Dementia

Live Healthy, Live Longer Without Dementia

Staving off Alzheimer's disease might just take a healthy diet, exercise and an active mind, a new study suggests.

Women and men who follow a healthy lifestyle live longer — and longer without

08 Apr
New Insights Into Why Alzheimer's Can Bring Drowsiness

New Insights Into Why Alzheimer's Can Bring Drowsiness

Alzheimer's patients are often drowsy during the day, but it might not be because of poor sleep at night.

Instead, a clinical trial that monitored patients' sleep and then studied ...

06 Apr
New Charts Track 'Normal' Brain Growth, Decline Through the Life Span

New Charts Track 'Normal' Brain Growth, Decline Through the Life Span

Doctors use all sorts of tools to determine if a person is fit and developing normally -- charts tracking height and weight for growing children, tables showing healthy blood pressure and cholesterol in adults.

Now an international team of researchers has created the

06 Apr
Half of Americans Now Die With Dementia Diagnosis, Better Record-Keeping May Be Why

Half of Americans Now Die With Dementia Diagnosis, Better Record-Keeping May Be Why

A record number of American adults are now dying with a dementia diagnosis, new research shows.

Yet, that increase of 36% from two decades ago may have more to do with better record-keeping th...

01 Apr
Early Promise From Experimental Drug to Treat Alzheimer's

Early Promise From Experimental Drug to Treat Alzheimer's

Researchers are working on a pill that might safely help people with early Alzheimer's disease improve their thinking and memory skills and possibly even live independently longer.

30 Mar
Bruce Willis Stepping Down From Acting After Brain Disorder Diagnosis

Bruce Willis Stepping Down From Acting After Brain Disorder Diagnosis

"Die Hard" star Bruce Willis is stepping away from acting following a recent diagnosis of aphasia, a disorder affecting the part of the brain responsible for language.

Willis' ex-wife Demi Moore, current wife Emma Heming Willis and daughters announced his decision in an ...

25 Mar
Mental Decline Can Follow a Heart Attack

Mental Decline Can Follow a Heart Attack

As if recovering from a heart attack wasn't hard enough, new research shows many patients may suffer severe thinking declines.

Researchers in Poland found that in...

17 Mar
Lots of Napping Could Raise a Senior's Odds for Alzheimer's

Lots of Napping Could Raise a Senior's Odds for Alzheimer's

Taking longer or more frequent naps during the day may sound enticing, but it may be a harbinger of Alzheimer's disease.

Older adults who nap throughout the day may be more likely to develop

15 Mar
Is It 'Pre-Alzheimer's' or Normal Aging? Poll Finds Many Americans Unclear

Is It 'Pre-Alzheimer's' or Normal Aging? Poll Finds Many Americans Unclear

You regularly can't remember where you left your phone or your book. You keep missing appointments. You often lose your train of thought during conversation.

Many older folks shrug off these instances as so-called "senior moments" -- but experts say this isn't typically ...

11 Mar
More Evidence That Exercise Protects the Aging Brain

More Evidence That Exercise Protects the Aging Brain

Just a bit of exercise can help keep your brain in shape as you age, according to the latest study that shows how physical activity can benefit older minds.

"This finding isn't saying, 'If you're older, you need to go out there and start running marathons,'" said lead au...

08 Mar
More Evidence That Education May Protect Against Dementia

More Evidence That Education May Protect Against Dementia

Not everyone who becomes forgetful as they age develops dementia, and a new study suggests that those with college degrees and advanced language skills are likely to get better.

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an early stage of

07 Mar
Even a Little Drinking Ages the Brain: Study

Even a Little Drinking Ages the Brain: Study

There is no amount of alcohol that is good for your brain.

So claims a new study that found even light to moderate drinking can age the brain faster than normal.

Previous...

03 Mar
More Years Playing Hockey, Higher Odds for CTE Linked to Head Injury

More Years Playing Hockey, Higher Odds for CTE Linked to Head Injury

Researchers already know that repeated hits to the head on the football field are linked to a degenerative brain disease, as seen in a number of retired NFL stars. Now, experts have turned their attention to ice hockey, another high-contact sport.

When studying whether t...

02 Mar
Early Menopause May Raise a Woman's Odds for Dementia

Early Menopause May Raise a Woman's Odds for Dementia

Women who enter menopause early may be more likely to develop dementia later in life, new research indicates.

During menopause, production of the female sex hormone estrogen drops dramatically an...

28 Feb
Staying Fit May Keep Alzheimer's at Bay

Staying Fit May Keep Alzheimer's at Bay

If there was something you could do to ward off Alzheimer's disease, would you do it?

If so, a new study has a suggestion: Get moving.

Participants who were most physically fit were 33% less likely to develop

24 Feb
Four-Legged Friends Could Be Friend to Your Brain

Four-Legged Friends Could Be Friend to Your Brain

Add better brain health to the growing list of protections your beloved pet may provide you: New research suggests that older adults with a furry companion showed slower mental declines than those without one.

"Prior studies have suggested that the human-animal bond may ...

21 Feb
Getting Active Can Keep Those 'Senior Moments' at Bay

Getting Active Can Keep Those 'Senior Moments' at Bay

Want to preserve all those precious memories, including your first kiss and how you felt the first time you got behind the wheel of a car?

If you do, start moving: New research shows that when sedentary older adults started to exercise, they showed improvements in episod...

17 Feb
Human Brain Doesn't Slow Down Until After 60

Human Brain Doesn't Slow Down Until After 60

You used to be able to make snap judgments in your 20s, but now it feels like you take a lot longer to react to questions, decisions and challenges put before you.

Don't fret, it's not that you're losing brain power.

Your response time does tend to slow down as you...

04 Feb
Brain's Decline Accelerates in Years After Heart Attack

Brain's Decline Accelerates in Years After Heart Attack

Your heart and brain may often seem at odds, but they have more in common than you think. A new study shows that a heart attack can lead to faster mental decline over the years.

"We need to realize that what's going on in the

25 Jan
Keeping Weight Stable Could Help Save Your Brain

Keeping Weight Stable Could Help Save Your Brain

Older adults who maintain a steady weight as they age are less likely to experience rapid cognitive decline, regardless of how much they weigh to start, new research suggests.

“There's something about maintaining weight and BMI that seems to reflect some health resilience,...

14 Jan
Cleaner Air Could Mean Healthier Brains for Older Women

Cleaner Air Could Mean Healthier Brains for Older Women

Everyone knows cleaner air means healthier bodies, but new research suggests it might also help aging minds.

"Our study is important because it is one of the first to show that reducing air poll...

10 Jan
Scientists Work Out How Exercise Saves Your Brain

Scientists Work Out How Exercise Saves Your Brain

Exercise helps you stay fit, hale and hearty, and researchers say it may also help you stave off dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Now they have a better understanding of the hidden benefits that aid the brain.

Older folks who are more physically active have higher level...

02 Jan
Make 2022 Your Year for a Free Memory Screening

Make 2022 Your Year for a Free Memory Screening

When it comes to routine health screenings, resolve to include a memory assessment in 2022.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America offers routine screenings that are both virtual and free every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The process is quick, taking about 10 to ...

30 Dec
More U.S. Seniors, Especially Women, Are Retaining Healthy Brains: Study

More U.S. Seniors, Especially Women, Are Retaining Healthy Brains: Study

The percentage of older Americans reporting serious problems with memory and thinking has declined in recent years -- and higher education levels may be part of the reason, a new study finds.

09 Dec
Toxins in Wildfire Smoke May Make Their Way Into Brain

Toxins in Wildfire Smoke May Make Their Way Into Brain

The smoke from wildfires is dangerous for your lungs, but tiny particles from the smoke can also enter your brain and cause lifelong neurological issues, a new animal study suggests.

Once that happens, the particles may put people at risk for everything from premature ag...

07 Dec
Cataract Surgery Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

Cataract Surgery Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

People who undergo surgery to treat cataracts may have a lower likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Of more than 3,000 older adults with the eye disease, those who had surgery were about 30% less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's in t...

06 Dec
Could Viagra Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

Could Viagra Help Prevent Alzheimer's?

Viagra, a drug long used to treat erectile dysfunction, may double as a potential weapon against Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Looking at data on more than 7 million Americans, researchers found that those taking the drug were 69% less likely to develop Alzh...

06 Dec
High Heart Rate Linked to Dementia Risk

High Heart Rate Linked to Dementia Risk

Checking older adults' resting heart rate could help identify those who are more likely to experience a decline in mental function, a Swedish study suggests.

The researchers found that a high resting heart rate was associated with a greater risk of dementia.

"We be...

06 Dec
Lifetime Spent With Epilepsy Ages the Brain, Study Finds

Lifetime Spent With Epilepsy Ages the Brain, Study Finds

People with a longtime history of epilepsy show signs of rapid brain aging that may raise their odds for developing dementia down the road.

This is the key finding of new research reporting that the brains of people with epilepsy that began in childhood appear to be abou...

06 Dec
Clearing Out Clutter Might Not Help People With Dementia

Clearing Out Clutter Might Not Help People With Dementia

You might think de-cluttering would make it easier for people with dementia to do daily tasks. Not so, says a new study from the United Kingdom.

"It is generally assumed that a person with dementia will be better able to carry out daily tasks when their home space is tid...

02 Dec
'Mild Cognitive Impairment' in Older Age Often Disappears, Study Finds

'Mild Cognitive Impairment' in Older Age Often Disappears, Study Finds

A diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) might worry an older adult, who could see it as a stepping stone to dementia. But a new study suggests one does not necessarily lead to the other.

In fact, nearly half of seniors tracked in the study -- all of who had been d...

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