Alzheimer’s News

Use Annual Wellness Exams to Detect Cognitive Impairment

February 9th, 2015
A new report from The Gerontological Society provides guidance to physicians when they perform annual wellness visits (AWV) on Medicare beneficiaries. A significant benefit of the 2010 Affordable Care Act has been the elimination of copays and deductibles when Medicare beneficiaries receive an ...

How “SuperAgers’ Maintain Cognitive Abilities

February 4th, 2015
How “SuperAgers’  Maintain Cognitive AbilitiesNew research discovers the brains of some 80+ year old individuals look 30 years younger, a finding that is associated with higher social intelligence and 90 percent fewer tangles linked ...
Some Common Drugs May Increase Dementia Risk

Some Common Drugs May Increase Dementia Risk

January 27th, 2015
A large study finds that a certain group of medications may increase the risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Researchers discovered medications that have strong anticholinergic effects may increase the risk for dementia if the drugs are taken at higher doses or for ...
Mouse Study: Young Blood Recharges Old Brains

Mouse Study Complicates Role of Inflammation in Alzheimer’s

January 26th, 2015
The role of inflammation in the development of Alzheimer’s disease just got more complicated. University of Florida (UF) researchers discovered an anti-inflammatory process might actually facilitate the build-up of sticky clumps of protein that form plaques in the brain. These plaques block brain cells' ...
Walnuts May Improve Memory

Walnuts May Improve Memory

January 22nd, 2015
New research suggest the simple act of eating a handful of walnuts a day may improve your memory. Dr. Lenore Arab from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that eating walnuts may improve performance on ...
Behavioral Changes, Depression May Precede Alzheimer’s

Behavioral Changes, Depression May Precede Alzheimer’s

January 15th, 2015
Emerging research suggests depression and behavioral changes may occur before memory declines in people who will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine said while it has been known that many people with Alzheimer's experience depression, irritability, apathy, ...
Virtual Reality Games Help ID Mild Cognitive Impairment

Virtual Reality Games Help ID Mild Cognitive Impairment

January 13th, 2015
Researchers have developed a virtual supermarket of cognitive training games that help to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Greek investigators say that although the concept of a virtual supermarket has been used in the past to help detect cognitive functions, prior iterations could ...
Fermented Food and Mental Health

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

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

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 ...