Aging News

Alzheimer’s Delayed by Caffeine?

July 22nd, 2014
Caffeine appears to have a positive effect on so-called "tau deposits" in Alzheimer's disease, scientists have found. Tau deposits are proteins that, together with beta-amyloid plaques, are some of the characteristic features of Alzheimer's disease. These deposits interfere with the communication of nerve ...

For Women, Early Sexual Abuse Tied to Atherosclerosis Later in Life

July 20th, 2014
Women who were sexually abused as children often show signs of atherosclerosis, an early indication of cardiovascular disease, according to new research. Published in the American Heart Association journal Stroke, this is the first study to suggest a link between sexual abuse and ...

Antipsychotic Drugs Linked to Decrease in Brain Volume

July 20th, 2014
A new study has confirmed a link between antipsychotic drugs and a slight, but measurable, decrease in brain volume in patients with schizophrenia. Researchers noted they were also able to examine whether this decrease is harmful for cognitive function, reporting that over a ...

Mediterranean Diet has Race-Specific Effect on Cognition

July 17th, 2014
New research suggests the Mediterranean diet reduces cognitive decline among some race-specific populations but not among others. In the study, African-Americans experienced a slower rate of cognitive decline than white, older adults. Study methodology included the analysis of over eight years of data collected ...

Wisdom, Selective Engagement Help Older Adults Cope with Aging

July 17th, 2014
Emerging research suggests older adults have tricks up their sleeve to combat cognitive aging. A set of three articles in a recent edition of the journal Perspectives in Psychological Science discusses a variety of factors -- including motivation and crystallized knowledge -- that ...

Fish Oil May Improve Memory, Slow Cognitive Decline

July 16th, 2014
A new study discovered regular use of fish oil supplements (FOS) was associated with a significant reduction in cognitive decline and brain atrophy in older adults. Researchers examined the relationship between FOS use and memory function during a study of Alzheimer's incorporating neuroimaging ...

Older Adults Challenged by Memory Distractions

July 15th, 2014
The aging process is often associated with wisdom although some capabilities, such as memory, can be a challenge. New research finds that environmental factors -- such as an irrelevant speck or written words -- are twice as likely to impair the memory of ...

Retina Screening May Detect Alzheimer’s

July 14th, 2014
Preliminary findings suggest noninvasive optical imaging can provide early detection of changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The discovery was made by investigators conducting a clinical trial in Australia and will be reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. "In preliminary ...

Eye, Smell Tests Could Help Detect Alzheimer’s Earlier

July 13th, 2014
A decreased ability to identify odors, as well as eye examinations, could help diagnose Alzheimer’s disease earlier, according to the results of four research trials reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen. In two of the studies, less ability to identify ...

Brain Activity in Sex Addicts Mirrors That of Drug Addicts

July 12th, 2014
A new study has found that pornography triggers brain activity in people with compulsive sexual behavior -- sometimes known as sex addiction -- similar to that triggered by drugs in the brains of drug addicts. Researchers at the University of Cambridge note that ...