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Memory

Anticholinergic Drugs May Cause Serious Side Effects

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Research increasingly points to an association between anticholinergic medications—a class of drugs commonly used by older adults—and an increased rate of emergency department and hospital utilization in the U.S.
Anticholinergic medications interfere with the actions of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which relays signals between brain cells to promote memory, attention, and many  … Read More

Newsbriefs: Tooth Loss; Second Opinions

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Tooth Loss and Dementia
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, March 8, links tooth loss with a greater risk for developing dementia. The study included 1,566 seniors, 180 of whom developed some type of dementia. Compared with participants who had 20 or more teeth, those with  … Read More

Newsbriefs: Parkinson’s; Mindfulness

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New Theory for Parkinson’s Development.
For years it’s been thought that the toxic protein alpha-synuclein, associated with development of Parkinson’s disease, spread from nerve cell to nerve cell. New findings, however, propose that the protein spreads throughout the body at the same time, affecting different parts of the nervous system to  … Read More

Memory Maximizers: Multitasking; Statins & AD Risk

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Avoid Multitasking That Drains Your Brain
Trying to perform two or three demanding activities at once is not only stressful and inefficient, but it also drains the brain of energy, new research suggests. It turns out we only think we are performing multiple tasks at the same time. In fact, neuroscientists  … Read More

Newsbriefs: Sleep & Dementia Risk; ADHD

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Need For More Sleep May Indicate Increase Dementia Risk
Older adults who suddenly require longer sleep times than they have in the past may be at greater risk for dementia in the future, according to a new study. The research did not find a direct causal relationship between recent increases in  … Read More

New Directions for AD Treatment—An Update

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The search for ways to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has been a long and arduous process. Although progress is being made in many areas, years of research still have not produced therapies that can stop or reverse the steady advance of this mind-wrecking neurodegenerative disease.

Yet scientists are accruing  … Read More



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