Tag: cognitive decline

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

Stay Sharp: 4 Powerful Research-Proven Supplements for Cognitive Health

Stay Sharp: 4 Powerful Research-Proven Supplements for Cognitive Health

Researchers have identified a number of herbal and nutritional supplements that can prevent or slow the progression of memory loss, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease. But four stand out as being especially effective.
Because symptoms of mild cognitive impairment and dementia don’t manifest until  years or decades after they

New Directions for AD Treatment—An Update

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

Alcoholic Dementia: How Heavy Drinking Can Affect Your Memory

Alcoholic Dementia: How Heavy Drinking Can Affect Your Memory

Moderate drinking (one or two glasses a day) shouldn’t affect your cognitive function and may even provide some mild benefits. But chronic alcohol abuse can lead to alcohol-induced dementia due to the combined toxic effects of alcohol and the nutritional deficiencies often associated with alcoholism. In fact, heavy drinking (more

Music and Meditation Help the Brain

A simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), according to a recent study (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Feb. 3). “Worsening subjective memory is marked by situations such as recognizing that you can’t remember the name of a person or

Q&A: Dementia; PCOS; Duodenal Ulcers

Q. How can you tell if someone has early-onset dementia?
A. Early-onset dementia refers to having developed dementia before the age of 65. In some people, problems with balance and strength may be the first signs of dementia. In a six-year study of 2,288 men and women age 65 and over,

Statins May Offer Benefits Beyond Cholesterol Control

You may take a statin to help improve your cholesterol profile, but research suggests that there may be additional benefits, as well as some potential risks, to go along with these widely prescribed medications.

Statins work by inhibiting an enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol production in the body. The

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