Alzheimer’s News

Stroke, Vascular Ills ID’d as Risk Factors in Developing Dementia

August 7th, 2014
A Dutch study has found that those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have a fourfold increased risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease (AD), and that stroke and other vascular damage are important risk factors. The results of the study are published ...

TeleSupport Helps Reduce Caregiver Stress

July 31st, 2014
Taking care of a loved one who has a chronic illness can take a toll on the caregiver. A new study has found that a support program administered entirely by telephone can significantly reduce depression and other symptoms in informal caregivers, such as ...

Improved Tests for Memory Disorders Will Lead to Early/Better Interventions

July 31st, 2014
New research from the UK posits that more accurate tests could be created to diagnose diseases such as Alzheimer's or memory problems stemming from head injuries. Identification of memory disorders in the early stages can lead to earlier and more effective interventions. Researchers investigated ...

Aerobic Exercise May Boost Memory

July 29th, 2014
Older women with mild cognitive impairment may benefit significantly from regular aerobic exercise, new findings show. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an established risk factor for dementia and "represents a vital opportunity for intervening," say Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose of the University of ...

Motivated Older Adults Able to Stay on Task

July 29th, 2014
An emerging theory may help to explain why older adults show declining cognitive ability with age, but don’t necessarily show declines in the workplace or daily life. Dr. Tom Hess, a psychology researcher at North Carolina State University believes older adults are good ...

Slow Walking Speed and Memory Complaints Early Predictors of Dementia

July 27th, 2014
A simple test that measures how fast people walk and whether they have any cognitive complaints can predict the likelihood of developing dementia, according to a new study. The study, involving about 27,000 older adults on five continents, found that nearly one in ...

Mice Study Suggests Cancer Drug May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

July 24th, 2014
A new study suggests a new set of compounds initially developed for cancer treatments, show potential as a pharmacological treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, more than five million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and officials worry that as baby boomers enter ...

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 ...

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 ...