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What PET Scans and Other Imaging Tests Reveal About Brain Health

Of the rapidly advancing technologies doctors can use to view the brain, PET (positron emission tomography) scans are seen as especially promising for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, the high costs of PET scans and uncertainties about their role in dementia assessment are among the many issues

What Causes Dementia?

What Causes Dementia?

Reseachers are hard at work trying to figure out what causes dementia. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), they are trying to learn the process associated with an Alzheimer’s cause. They are learning that there’s a multifactorial process associated with AD, triggered by a combination of environmental and genetic

High Blood Pressure in Mid-Life May Cause or Aggravate Dementia

An expert panel of the American Heart Association (AHA) has found consistent evidence that high blood pressure in midlife (age 40-64) is associated with impaired cognitive function in mid- and later life.
When high blood pressure develops after age 64, its impact on brain function is less clear, the panel explained

7. Living Brain-Healthy

The Benefits of Activity
We’ve seen how smart dietary choices can help protect your brain against age-related decline. But the truth is that the most important lifestyle changes you make for your brain happen between meals: To maximize your chances of maintaining peak brain power as you age, increase your level

6. Can Supplements Really “Boost” Brainpower

One of the fastest-growing segments of the dietary supplement industry is the market for products claiming to protect your memory or “boost” your brainpower. These range from mega-doses of vitamins your body does actually need (though not necessarily in such quantity) to novel concoctions such as Asian herbal remedies or

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

New Tests for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) strikes more than five million Americans, two-thirds of whom are women. One of the major challenges of the disease is early detection. Right now, most diagnoses occur late in its development, when significant brain damage has already occurred.

“There is a pressing need for easier, less invasive diagnostic

Dementia Types: Reversible and Irreversible Dementia

Dementia Types: Reversible and Irreversible Dementia

Various dementia types can be caused by medical or psychiatric conditions, among them high fever, vitamin deficiency, head trauma, or depression. These are the so-called “reversible dementias.” Other dementia types are irreversible and—if you’re wondering, “Is dementia hereditary?”—can be caused by family genes.
Let’s look at reversible dementias first. It’s important

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