Tag: neurodegenerative disease

Is Losing Your Sense of Smell an Early Sign of Dementia?

Is Losing Your Sense of Smell an Early Sign of Dementia?

Impaired olfactory function—a declining sense of smell—is associated with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as well as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). A recent study reveals that olfactory functioning naturally weakens in healthy older adults and is impaired, in terms of odor identification, in people with neurodegenerative conditions such as MCI and AD.

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

Making the Move to Healthy Fats

You read and hear a lot about dietary fats these days: Some are “good,” some are “bad,” and there are conflicting recommendations about how much is safe to eat. How do you sort this out when you’re in the grocery store, or it’s time for dinner?
“In a perfect case of

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

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

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

3. Common Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders can be caused by internal factors, such as medical problems, or by external factors, such as stressful situations. Some sleep disorders affect your ability to get to sleep and stay asleep, while others disrupt the structure of your sleep.
The most common sleep disorders by far are insomnia and

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

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