The science of whether some dietary choices are really “brain food” continues to unfold. Given the long time frames of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, it’s challenging to prove any cause-and-effect relationship between specific foods and brain health. Most such associations are drawn from observational studies, in
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Although there is still no cure for dementia, our growing knowledge of the factors involved in its development have demonstrated that the lifestyle choices we make help to reduce our personal risk. Furthermore, you don’t have to be in your twenties for those changes to have an impact. A groundbreaking
Although it has likely been around since the start of humanity, it has only been in the past century that we’ve known about Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The growth in our knowledge and understanding of the disease combined with our increasing lifespan and the aging of the baby-boomer generation has led
Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a term used to describe a decline in cognitive ability severe enough to prevent someone from performing everyday activities. The cognitive skills affected can include all thinking skills, from the ability to make judgments to organizing speech, although memory loss is by
Simply getting older raises your risk for Alzheimer’s, but age alone does not mean a slow decline toward dementia. Beyond age, there are certain factors that may further increase risk. Most likely, several factors interact to set off the chain of events that cause Alzheimer’s disease. The process may begin
Ask the Doctor: Postmenopausal Bleeding; Alzheimer’s vs. Vascular Dementia; Douching & Ovarian Cancer
Q: My daughter, who is 54, has recently had menstrual bleeding, although she stopped having periods at age 51 and had no bleeding for more than two years. Is postmenopausal bleeding a cause for concern?
A: Many women do report bleeding (typically, light “spotting”) after menopause. Frequently, the bleeding is caused
Inflammation has long been known as a factor in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, but the specifics of its role are not completely understood. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital took a step toward identifying how and when neuroinflammation (inflammation of tissue in the brain and nervous system) causes the death
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, is there a difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia? The answer is both
Missing out on sleep can have serious consequences for the body and the brain—including possibly setting the stage for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to a new study. However, by learning a few sensible sleep strategies, you can improve the likelihood of a brain-healthy night’s rest.
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Reseachers are hard at work trying to figure out what causes dementia. In the case of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), they’re trying to learn the process associated with the condition’s onset. What are they learning? That there’s a multifactorial process associated with AD, and that it’s triggered by a combination of