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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

1. Getting a Better Picture of Your Brain

The BRAIN Initiative
Never before has so much science been focused on exploring the secrets of the human brain. In October 2015, the National Institutes of Health announced a second wave of grants to support the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, bringing the NIH’s annual investment to $85

1. Your Heart-Brain Partnership

Biologically speaking, everything that makes you what you are depends on a three-pound organ inside your skull that is kept alive by the beating of an organ in your chest that weighs only 8 to 10 ounces. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, pumping 2,000 gallons of blood

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

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

Lewy Body Dementia: Outlook and Action Steps

Lewy Body Dementia: Outlook and Action Steps

Researchers are exploring new approaches that are increasing scientific understanding of dementia with Lewy bodies (or DLB). In one study, the transplantation of stem cells into DLB-damaged areas of the brains of mice revitalized those regions and resulted in dramatic improvements in the animals’ cognitive and motor symptoms, raising hopes

Lewy Body Dementia

Most people are familiar with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, but not so much with Lewy body dementia (LBD). It affects an estimated one million Americans, according to the National Institute on Aging. The late actor-comedian Robin Williams was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease but autopsy showed there were Lewy bodies widely spread

Newsbriefs: Tomoxifen; Angina; Diabetes; Dementia

Tamoxifen Helps Limit the Spread of Breast Cancer
About five percent of women with breast cancer are diagnosed with a tumor in their other breast within 10 years of their initial diagnosis. But a new study (JAMA Oncology, Oct. 6, 2016) suggests that tamoxifen (Novaldex®), and medications from another class of

Lewy Body Dementia: A Common Disorder, Often Underdiagnosed

Lewy Body Dementia: A Common Disorder, Often Underdiagnosed

Lewy body dementia (also known as dementia with Lewy bodies, or DLB) affects up to 25 percent of individuals with progressive dementia in the United States, ranking second behind Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Yet most of us know little about this irreversible neurodegenerative disease.

Because early Lewy body dementia symptoms are difficult

3. Dementia

MCI to Dementia
Progressing from MCI to dementia means the difference between forgetting names, dates, or what you intended to buy at the supermarket, and having significant trouble functioning in your day-to-day life. The progression of MCI to dementia can alter many aspects of who you are, including your memory, personality

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