Anxiety could be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease

As anxiety is common in older people, rising anxiety symptoms may prove to be most useful as a risk marker in older adults with other genetic, biological or clinical indicators of high Alzheimer’s disease risk

Anxiety could be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s diseaseAccording to a recent study, anxiety may be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. The findings support the hypothesis that neuropsychiatric symptoms could represent the early manifestation of Alzheimer’s disease in them. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that causes the decline of cognitive function and the inability to carry out daily […]

Dementia risk increases for people residing in places with heavy traffic

Emerging research highlights a new element that might influence the chances of developing dementia - living close to major, busy roads, such as highways or motorways

Dementia risk increases for people residing in places with heavy trafficDementia describes a wide range of brain illnesses that progressively lead to the loss of cognitive functioning. It affects reasoning, memory, behaviour, and the ability to perform daily tasks. The World Health Organization (WHO) report that approximately 47.5 million adults are currently affected by dementia worldwide. The most common risk factors are age, family history, […]

District hospitals to start a Memory Clinic, informed Dr Deepak Sawant

The numbers of Alzheimer's and dementia patients are going up. So, to keep these diseases at bay, district hospitals have decided to start a 'Memory Clinic'. The clinic will be started in Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Thane and Sindhudurg, along with the day care centre, informed Dr Deepak Sawant, the state health minister

District hospitals to start a Memory Clinic, informed Dr Deepak SawantAlzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that cause the loss of intellectual and social skills. In Alzheimer’s disease, the brain cells degenerate and die, causing a steady decline in memory and mental function. The decision to start a ‘Memory Clinic’ in all district hospitals of the […]

Diabetes drug offers promising results for Alzheimer’s treatment

Triple receptor drugs, originally developed to treat type 2 diabetes, were tested on mice with severe nerve cell degeneration and scientists found their learning and memory formation were much improved by the drug

Diabetes drug offers promising results for Alzheimer’s treatmentA drug developed for type 2 diabetes has “significantly reversed memory loss” in mice with Alzheimer’s disease, and researchers now want to test it on humans. The treatment is exciting for scientists because it works by protecting the brain cells attacked by Alzheimer’s disease in three separate ways, rather than relying on a single approach. […]

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia risk

The report, which combines the work of 24 international experts, says lifestyle factors can play a major role in increasing or reducing an individual's dementia risk. It examines the benefits of building a "cognitive reserve", which means strengthening the brain's networks so it can continue to function in later life despite damage

Nine lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia riskOne in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people looked after their brain health throughout life, according to an international study in the Lancet. It lists nine key risk factors including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking and physical inactivity. The study is being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in […]

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 […]

How your blood type and your brain health are interrelated

In all likelihood, the biology of blood types influences the development of the nervous system.

How your blood type and your brain health are interrelatedAll blood tends to look the same, yet we each fall into one of four types: A, B, AB, or O. It’s crucial to know your type for blood transfusions to protect the immune system, but they can also reveal a wealth of information when it comes to your health. According to a recent study […]

Regular tea drinkers have 50% reduced risk of cognitive decline

Researchers have now found that regular tea consumption could more than halve the risk of cognitive decline for older adults, particularly for those with a genetic risk of Alzheimer's disease

Regular tea drinkers have 50% reduced risk of cognitive declineTea is one of the most popular beverages in the United States; in 2015, more than 3.6 billion gallons of tea were consumed in the country, with black tea being the favorite. The possible health benefits of tea consumption have been well documented. A recent study published in The American Journal of Public Health, for […]

Going through menopause? You might be at the risk of having Alzheimer’s

Cognitive decline is known to be associated with menopause, and researchers suggest that the estrogen deficiency that characterises menopause may also be responsible for the neurodegeneration that occurs in Alzheimer's

Going through menopause? You might be at the risk of having Alzheimer’sThe study was carried out by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine – the biomedical research unit and medical school of Cornell University – in New York City, NY, in collaboration with scientists at the University of Arizona Health Sciences in Tucson. Dr Lisa Mosconi, from Weill Cornell Medicine, is the lead author of the study, […]

Forgetful? Look for these early signs of dementia

‘Of all the things, I miss my mind the most,’ this quote by renowned author Mark Twain speaks of memory loss and dementia. Dementia is a neurological disease that usually occurs after the age of 60, says Arti Shroff, Mumbai-based clinical psychologist

Forgetful? Look for these early signs of dementiaDementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with daily life. It is caused by physical changes in the brain. It is marked by memory loss, impaired cognitive functions, compromised volition as well as changes in personality. It is caused by the degeneration of the brain […]
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