Tag: alzheimer

Newsbriefs: Probiotics; Stroke Risk; Sodium

Probiotics Linked to Brain Health
A recent study (Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, Nov. 10, 2016) suggests that probiotics may improve thinking and memory in people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Probiotics (see right) are live bacteria that are present in some yogurts, and also available in supplement form. They are typically recommended

An Overview of Dementia Medications

An Overview of Dementia Medications

Alzheimer’s disease treatment is, in many respects, still a question in search of a definitive answer. No Alzheimer medication can halt the forward progress of the disease or prevent its ultimate devastation on the lives of those who have it.

Yet Alzheimer dementia medications are available that can help relieve some

Alzheimer’s Disease: Working to Solve the Mystery

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects 5.1 million Americans, and there is currently no cure. However, neurologist Sam Gandy, MD, PhD, director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Cognitive health and NFL Cognitive Care says that there are some hopeful developments in AD research—along with potentially promising data you may have seen reported

Newsbriefs: In-Home OT; Flu Treatment

In-Home OT May Not Help Dementia Sufferers
In-home occupational therapy (OT) does not help Alzheimer’s disease (AD) sufferers maintain physical function, according to researchers writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Nov. 22, 2016. Previous studies had suggested that this type of intervention might slow the neurological and physical decline that

Is Dementia Hereditary?

Is Dementia Hereditary?

Your genetic background is responsible, at least in part, for your propensity to inherit certain medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. The more family members you have who are affected by certain types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, the greater your risk becomes. So, strictly speaking, is dementia

Ask the Doctor: Sepsis; Caregiving for AD Sufferers

Q: My neighbor passed away after developing sepsis while in the hospital after an operation. I’m going to be in the hospital undergoing surgery—how can I protect myself?

A: Sepsis is an infection in the bloodstream, which may spread there from any source of infection (including bacterial, viral, or fungal) in

Newsbriefs: Memory Decline; Dementia Risk; Lutein; Aerobics

Changes in Gait Can Predict Decline in Memory and Thinking.
A study by researchers from the Mayo Clinic found that certain factors involved in a person’s gait can predict declines in memory and thinking. The study involved 3,426 cognitively normal participants between ages 70 and 89. The researchers used gait criteria,

Losing Your Sense of Smell Could Be an Early Predictor of Dementia

Impaired olfactory function is associated with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Olfactory functioning (sense of smell) declines in healthy older adults, and is impaired, in terms of odor identification, in people with neurodegenerative conditions, such as MCI and AD.
Previous studies have shown that neurodegeneration can affect brain

The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The Difference Between Alzheimer’s and Dementia

The critical difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia is that Alzheimer’s is a specific disease and dementia is a term used to describe symptoms that can be caused by a number of different diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD). So, the answer to the question, “Is there a difference between Alzheimer’s and

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