Alzheimer’s News

Mounting Research Shows Gut-Brain Connection

January 12th, 2015
Over the past decade, numerous studies have linked the gut microbiome to a range of behaviors and body functions, such as appetite, cravings, mood, and emotion. The gut appears to help maintain brain function and has been increasingly proven to influence the ...

Insulin Nasal Spray Shows Early Promise as Memory Treatment

January 10th, 2015
A new study shows that a man-made form of insulin delivered by nasal spray may improve working memory and more in patients with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. For the study, 60 adults diagnosed with amnesic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild ...

Testosterone Can Worsen Aggression in Alzheimer’s

January 1st, 2015
In men with Alzheimer’s disease, having higher levels of testosterone could increase the risk for aggression, hallucinations and other acting-out behaviors, according to a new study at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Previous research has shown that having higher testosterone ...

Self-Reporting Brain Monitor Helps Track Dementia

December 30th, 2014
A new study has found that a patient self-reporting version of the Healthy Aging Brain Care Monitor, which measures cognitive, functional and psychological symptoms, is user-friendly, reliable and sensitive to changes in symptoms. The Healthy Aging Brain Center Monitor measures 27 items on ...

Rat Study Finds ALS Drug May Prevent Age-Related Memory Loss

December 28th, 2014
A new study on rats suggests an existing drug, riluzole, may help prevent “foggy brain,” characterized by fading memory and clouding judgment as we age. The forgetfulness is caused by lost and altered connections between neurons in the brain. But researchers at Rockefeller ...

Recognizing Alzheimer’s Cousin: Lewy Body Dementia

December 22nd, 2014
A new symptom comparison chart has just been issued by the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA) that helps people recognize the differences between Lewy body dementia (LBD) and Alzheimer’s disease. LBD is a complex, challenging, and surprisingly common brain disease that is often ...

Boosting Dementia Caregivers’ Mental Health

December 16th, 2014
People caring for relatives with dementia may benefit from a brief coping strategies therapy, new research suggests. There are more than 15 million family carers of people with dementia in the U.S. Clinical depression, anxiety, or other substantial psychological symptoms are common ...

Poor Sleep Tied to Dementia Changes

December 14th, 2014
A new study has found that people who have sleep apnea or spend less time in deep sleep may be more likely to have changes in the brain associated with dementia. According to the study’s findings, people who don't have as much oxygen ...

Early Warning Signs of Cognitive Impairment Provide Opportunity to Act

December 12th, 2014
New research suggests indications of cognitive decline associated with aging may surface during midlife. Recognition of these warning signs may allow individuals to modify behavior and lower their risk of cognitive deficits later in life. As presented at American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual ...

Dietary Ketosis Aids Memory in Mild Cognitive Impairment

December 8th, 2014
Recent findings suggest that a very low-carbohydrate diet may boost memory in older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Under fairly extreme low-carb conditions, the body starts to use compounds called ketones, made from the metabolism of fat or protein, as a source of ...