Aging News

Cell Discoveries Could Aid Fight Against Dementia

October 7th, 2014
Scientists have identified previously undiscovered changes that occur at a cellular level in dementia and motor neuron disease. Professor Chris Miller of King's College London, UK, and his team examined a molecular "scaffold" that allows crucial parts of bodily cells to interact. They ...

Personality Traits May Impact Alzheimer’s Risk in Women

October 2nd, 2014
A long-term study suggests a woman’s disposition during middle age may influence her risk of developing Alzheimer’s. Researchers discovered women who are anxious, jealous, or moody and distressed may be at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. The study has ...

Senior Memory Slips May Indicate Future Problems

September 26th, 2014
People who notice their memory may be slipping could have a greater chance of developing dementia later in life. The new research, led by University of Kentucky experts, appears to confirm that self-reported memory complaints are strong predictors of clinical memory impairment later ...

Tending To The Emotional Needs of Alzheimer’s Patients

September 26th, 2014
A new University of Iowa (UI) study suggests that Alzheimer’s caregivers have a profound influence -- good or bad -- on the emotional state of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Patients may not remember a recent visit by a loved one or having been ...

Test Helps ID Alzheimer’s Risk Before Signs of Dementia

September 21st, 2014
A simple test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect a heightened risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, even before there are any signs of dementia, according to scientists at York University in Toronto. For their study, Faculty of Health Professor Lauren ...

Why Elderly Can Die from a Broken Heart

September 21st, 2014
Grief affects people over the age of 65 more severely, weakening their immune systems and making infection more likely, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Birmingham (UB) in the UK. This may explain why some grieving elderly ...

Mental Illness Diagnosis Puts Family Members at Emotional Risk

September 16th, 2014
When a family member receives a diagnosis of a mental illness, there is an emotional cost, often in the form of anxiety, that is often felt by family caregivers. In a new study, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Nursing found ...

Amount of Gray Matter May Impact Risk-Taking

September 15th, 2014
New research suggests the physical composition of the brain influences the individual tolerance of risk. Australian researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to perform a whole-brain analysis and discovered the volume of the outer layer of our brain, or gray matter, is ...

‘Neural Workaround’ May Help Stave Off Dementia

September 14th, 2014
Researchers have discovered a “neural workaround” in the human brain that can compensate for the buildup of beta-amyloid, a destructive protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. According to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley, the findings could help explain why some people with beta-amyloid ...

Elderly at Risk for PTSD Symptoms After Serious Fall

September 14th, 2014
Elderly people who have fallen down and suffered an injury may develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the next few days, according to a new study published in the journal General Hospital Psychiatry. The researchers found PTSD symptoms in 27 out ...
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