Alzheimer’s Disease: A More Reliable Diagnosis

diagnosing alzheimers properly was much more difficult until recently

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form (70%) of dementia with a devastating effect on memory, thinking, behavior and autonomy.  However, a reliable diagnosis remains difficult. More than 1 in 3 patients receive an incorrect diagnosis. An international team of researchers has made it their mission to provide a simpler, more reliable approach to the… Read more »

Elderly Depression Leads to Accelerated Brain Aging

those 65 and older who develop depression have a higher rate of brain aging

Depression affects more than 6.5 million Americans aged 65 years or older. For some people, they have been struggling with depression most of their lives, but for others, the onset is later in life. Elderly depression is closely associated with dependency and disability and can cause suffering for the individual and his or her loved… Read more »

Cases of Traumatic Brain Injury on the Rise

skiing and traumatic brain injury

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), traumatic brain injury is a serious public health problem in the United States. Each year, traumatic brain injuries contribute to a large number of deaths and cases of permanent disability. In 2010, there were 2.5 million cases of traumatic brain injury. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused… Read more »

Study Finds Cognitive Activity Battles Brain Lesions

brain lesions and cognitive activity study

What if you could take actions today that would keep your mind sharp decades into the future, despite harmful physical changes in the brain? Recent research published in the journal Neurology suggests that it’s possible to mitigate the effects of physical brain deterioration with brain-boosting activities. Many previous studies have suggested a link between cognitively… Read more »

Poor Sleep Linked to Cognitive Decline

poor sleep linked to cognitive decline

A study of older men released last week, found a link between poor sleep quality and the development of cognitive decline over three to four years. A team of researchers found that high levels of fragmented sleep and lower sleep efficiency – but not sleep duration – in older men is associated with a 40-50… Read more »

B Vitamins Protect Against Alzheimer’s Brain Shrinkage?

There is now strong evidence to suggest that your daily dose of B vitamins may help protect you from Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease affects 36 million people worldwide.  Therefore, a lot of research is put into finding a cure, but unfortunately some of the promising studies have failed late-stage clinical trials.  Researchers from the FMRIB… Read more »

Omega 3s May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

Eating a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids — from fish, soy, nuts, or even high-quality supplements — may help ward off Alzheimer’s disease, the authors of a recent study published in the journal, Neurology, suggest. Researchers from Columbia University Medical Center in New York, studied 1,219 people over age 65 who were free of… Read more »

Address the emotional side of illness to treat the whole patient

If the caretaker of someone who’s recently had a stroke is optimistic, their attitude can lessen the patient’s depression, a condition that many stroke victims experience after their medical trauma. Similarly, people undergoing treatment for cancer have a better sense of well-being when their stress, fatigue and other issues affecting their outlook are addressed as… Read more »

Migraine sufferers may find help in nerve stimulation and avoiding certain foods

Headache sufferers in a Belgian study showed only modest improvement after using electrical nerve stimulators to reduce their pain, but the results still offer hope to millions who experience migraines and other headaches on a regular basis. According to the National Headache Foundation, nearly 30 million people in the U.S. experience migraines frequently. Most are women, who… Read more »