Sense of smell could be an effective way to predict Alzheimer’s disease

New research published in the journal Annals of Neurology suggests an individual's sense of smell could be useful in determining whether they are likely to develop Alzheimer's disease

Sense of smell could be an effective way to predict Alzheimer’s diseasePrincipal investigator Dr. Mark Albers, of the Department of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and team found that by assessing the ability to recognize, recall, and distinguish different odors, they could accurately identify individuals who were at greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, with around 5.4 million […]

Alzheimer’s progression can be eased when we disrupt this particular protein

Alzheimer's is characterized by an accumulation of amyloid plaques between nerve cells. Amyloid is a protein found in healthy brains. In Alzheimer's, however, the protein is folded incorrectly, creating a form known as beta-amyloid, which is toxic to brain cells

Alzheimer’s progression can be eased when we disrupt this particular proteinInhibiting an interaction between two specific proteins may be a new way to target dementia. A recent study using a fruit fly model could help to design a way of slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. An estimated 1 in 3 seniors dies with one form of dementia. Affecting more than 5 […]

Excess sleep can put you at risk of developing mental disorders

Findings of a study published in Neurology comes as a surprise as people who consistently sleep more than nine hours a night are more likely to develop dementia accompanied by smaller brain volume, and poor executive function

Excess sleep can put you at risk of developing mental disordersSleep is a good indicator of our overall health and well-being. Seven to nine hours of sleep is recommended to feel truly rested, but oversleeping on a regular basis could signal problems with our brain health. A study published in Neurology found people who consistently sleep more than nine hours a night are more likely […]

‘The dignity of elderly patients with dementia must be preserved’

Dementia is a mental health problem that shall increase in the years to come. On this World Alzheimer's Day, let us pledge to fight dementia and never to forget those who cannot remember

‘The dignity of elderly patients with dementia must be preserved’Dementia is a complex condition characterized by memory loss on one hand and deterioration of intelligence and personality on the other. Whenever I see patients with dementia I always think of someone who has been so productive in life, deteriorating as the brain shrinks with ageing. We all have known somebody with dementia. We have […]

Understanding Alzheimer’s in stages can give idea of changes that can occur

Stages are a rough guide. Symptoms a person has, and when they appear, will vary. There are several ways of mapping Alzheimer's, while some people refer to seven stages, others refer to just three

Understanding Alzheimer’s in stages can give idea of changes that can occurAlzheimer’s disease is a progressive degenerative disorder that becomes worse over time. It involves a gradual loss of memory, as well as changes in behavior, thinking, and language skills. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It affects more than 5 million people in the United States. Although every person experiences Alzheimer’s differently, […]

How studying honeybee brains might help unlock a cure for Alzheimer’s

Relating memory research to us — specifically physical changes in the brain, like in our neural connections that help form long-term memories — can help fathom conditions like Alzheimer’s and dementia

How studying honeybee brains might help unlock a cure for Alzheimer’sThe buzz around town is that honeybee brains can teach scientists a lot about human memory. A study in Frontiers used honeybees to determine how closely tied memory is to modifications in DNA, specifically a process called DNA methylation, through which our bodies control how our genes present themselves. For example, based on our needs, […]