Anaemia may increase dementia risk, reveals study

Having haemoglobin levels that are low, or high, are tied to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia

Anaemia may increase dementia risk, reveals studyA new study confirms earlier reports that anaemia – a condition caused by having too little haemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of red blood cells – increases the risk for dementia. It found that having high haemoglobin levels does so as well. Dutch researchers looked at 12,305 people without dementia at the start of the study, […]

Good heart health at age 50 linked to lower dementia risk later in life

Good cardiovascular health at age 50 is associated with a lower risk of dementia later in life, finds a study of British adults published by The BMJ today

Good heart health at age 50 linked to lower dementia risk later in lifeThe researchers say their findings support public health policies to improve cardiovascular health in middle age to promote later brain health. Dementia is a progressive disease that can start to develop 15-20 years before any symptoms appear, so identifying factors that might prevent its onset is important. The American Heart Association’s ‘Life Simple 7’ cardiovascular […]

Middle-age hearing loss linked to dementia, finds study

Hearing loss in middle age is associated with higher odds of cognitive decline and dementia in later years, suggests a large study in Taiwan

Middle-age hearing loss linked to dementia, finds studyResearchers tracked more than 16,000 men and women and found that a new diagnosis of hearing loss between ages 45 and 65 more than doubled the odds of a dementia diagnosis in the next dozen years. Even mild levels of hearing loss could be a risk factor, so hearing protection, screening and hearing aids may […]

Positive effect of music and dance on dementia proven in new study

Stereotypically viewed as passive and immobile, a University of Otago pilot study has shown the powerful influence music and dance can have on older adults with dementia

Positive effect of music and dance on dementia proven in new studyResearchers from the Department of Dance and Department of Psychological Medicine used familiar, reminiscent music and the natural gestures of a group of 22 participants to create an original series of dance exercises. Lead author Ting Choo, Dance Studies Masters graduate, says the aim was to promote a better quality of life for people with […]

Dietary choline associated with reduced risk of dementia, finds study

A new study by researchers at the University of Eastern Finland is the first to observe that dietary intake of phosphatidylcholine is associated with a reduced risk of dementia

Dietary choline associated with reduced risk of dementia, finds studyPhosphatidylcholine was also linked to enhanced cognitive performance. The main dietary sources of phosphatidylcholine were eggs and meat. The findings were published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Choline is an essential nutrient, usually occurring in food in various compounds. Choline is also necessary for the formation of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter. Earlier […]

Study links higher body weight later in life to faster brain ageing

A new study has identified an association between having a higher body mass and larger waist later in life, and a faster thinning of the cerebral cortex, which is a key characteristic of brain ageing

Study links higher body weight later in life to faster brain ageingHaving an unhealthy weight is a significant risk factor for many health problems, including developing metabolic conditions, such as diabetes, as well as cardiovascular problems. But could excess weight also be a risk factor for cognitive decline? This is the question that researchers from the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami in […]

Busy minds may be better at fighting dementia

Activities that keep the brain busy like using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities, appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and older

Busy minds may be better at fighting dementiaMentally stimulating activities can protect your brain against aging, even if you’re genetically predisposed toward dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, a new study reports. Activities that keep the brain busy — using a computer, crafting, playing games and participating in social activities — appear to lower the risk of age-related mental decline in people 70 and […]

An extra burger meal a day eats the brain away, reveals study

The average person eats many more calories than they did 50 years ago, equivalent to an extra fast-food burger meal every day, which is having devastating results for our brains and waistlines, an ANU health expert warns

An extra burger meal a day eats the brain away, reveals studyProfessor Nicolas Cherbuin, the lead author of new research published in Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, said brain health can decline much earlier in life than previously thought due, in large part, to a society that promotes unhealthy lifestyle choices. “People are eating away at their brain with a really bad fast-food diet and little-to-no exercise,” said […]

Healthy lifestyle may offset the genetic risk of dementia, reveals study

Living a healthy lifestyle may help offset a person’s genetic risk of dementia, according to new research. The study was led by the University of Exeter - simultaneously published on July 14 in JAMA and presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2019 in Los Angeles

Healthy lifestyle may offset the genetic risk of dementia, reveals study  Living healthily with a good diet and regular exercise may help people with a higher genetic susceptibility to dementia to offset the risk of developing it, according to recent research. The risk of dementia was reduced by 32% in people with a high genetic risk if they had followed a healthy lifestyle, compared to […]

Hypertension treatment may slow down Alzheimer’s progression

Researchers have found that nilvadipine, a drug that doctors regularly use to treat hypertension, may help people with Alzheimer’s disease by increasing blood flow to the brain

Hypertension treatment may slow down Alzheimer’s progressionAlzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. This progressive disorder causes the degeneration and, ultimately, the death of brain cells. People with dementia experience cognitive decline, and have issues making judgments and performing everyday tasks. Dementia affects millions of people worldwide. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International, the number of people with dementia was […]
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