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Attention Requires Balanced Brain Activity

October 6th, 2014
Psychologists have made important discoveries into attention problems in schizophrenic individuals. Tobias Bast, Ph.D., and colleagues at Nottingham University in the U.K. explain that inhibitory signals between brain neurons are crucial for healthy brain activity. But disruptions to this inhibition can cause attention ...

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 ...

Down Syndrome Study Sheds Light on Alzheimer’s

September 22nd, 2014
New research suggests the quest to understand the mechanism by which Alzheimer’s disease impacts memory and cognition may be more complicated than previously understood. University of Wisconsin researchers, including lead study author Sigan Hartley, Ph.D., and Brad Christian, Ph.D., looked at the role of ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

Middle-Aged Diabetics Twice As Likely to Suffer Mild Cognitive Impairment

September 6th, 2014
A German study has found that mild cognitive impairment (MCI) occurs twice as often in individuals diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 2. However, the study also found that this strong association was only observed in middle-aged people — those between 50 and 65 ...

Mindfulness Can Aid Those In Early Dementia and Caregivers

August 27th, 2014
An innovative new approach combines mindfulness training for those with early-stage dementia and their caregivers during the same class session. The new report suggests the two-for-one approach is mutually beneficial as both groups reported less depression and improved sleep and quality of life. "The ...

Why Sleep Breaks Down With Age

August 23rd, 2014
As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. On top of that, they tend to awaken too early in the morning. A new study from researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston and the University ...

Depression, Cognitive Ills After 65 Tied to Faster Brain Aging

August 10th, 2014
People who develop depression and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) after age 65 are more vulnerable to accelerated brain aging, according to a new study. Older adults with major depression have double the risk of developing dementia compared with those who have never had ...

Low Vitamin D Can Hike Risk of Dementia in Elderly

August 8th, 2014
New research suggests Vitamin D deficiency in older individuals can significantly increase their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. A team of international researchers found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia ...
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