What is dementia? The word refers to a mental decline in two or more core areas of brain function—including memory, judgment, communication, or language—that interferes with a person’s ability to function in daily life. Dementia can be caused by a number of different diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to
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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
People who have Alzheimer’s disease typically go through distinct phases in which symptoms gradually worsen. However, not everyone will go through all of the Alzheimer’s stages, nor progress through them at the same rate. For example, recent research has provided some evidence that in Alzheimer’s disease, the signs of dementia
Certain neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS), such as agitation and aggression, psychosis, and apathy/indifference, as well as cardiovascular variables, stroke and apolipoprotein (ApoE) status, are indicators of a more rapid decline into severe dementia and earlier death among certain patients. These are patients diagnosed with “Cognitive Impairment, No Dementia” (CIND), and “Mild
The past few decades have seen a worrisome increase in a number of insect-borne diseases in the U.S., and the trend is likely to continue. The increase appears to be associated with gradual changes in the climate, leading to a rise in temperatures, increased rainfall and flooding, higher humidity, and
Three questions women frequently ask about Alzheimer’s disease (AD) are:
1) What are the early symptoms?
2) How do I know if the symptoms are Alzheimer’s rather normal, age-related memory loss?
3) What should I do about it?
“We all forget things, and it’s important to keep in mind that some degree of forgetting
As we grow older, most of us will know someone who has begun a process of cognitive decline. This individual may have experienced permanent changes in mental functioning, and may be increasingly forgetful, more apt to become confused, and have greater difficulty with balancing a checkbook, following a recipe, or