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What Is Vascular Dementia?

What Is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia (VaD) ranks second among memory loss causes after Alzheimer’s disease, yet it is often overlooked. But what is vascular dementia?

The condition is caused by vascular problems affecting memory regions and supporting structures in the brain, and is closely associated with cardiovascular disease and cerebrovascular disease. Causes of vascular

Dementia Types: Irreversible and Reversible Dementia

Dementia Types: Irreversible and Reversible 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 dementia first. It’s important

Cortisol: Too Much of This Stress Hormone Can Poison the Brain

Yet another study has added to a mound of evidence that suggests that chronically high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can wreak havoc on the brain. The research—presented at the European Congress of Endocrinology in May 2013—supports earlier studies in suggesting that lowering stress levels may be an important

Brush and Floss to Ward Off Stroke

Regular visits to your dentist not only ensure healthy teeth and gums, but they may also help protect your brain. A recent study found a strong association between dental health and risk for stroke, a major cause of brain damage and cognitive decline. The research adds to an ongoing debate

Too Low Blood Sugar Can Increase Dementia Risk

Older individuals with diabetes who experience episodes of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, have increased risk for dementia, according to a study published online June 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Episodes of hypoglycemia—whose symptoms include heart palpitations, blurred vision, confusion, jitteriness, and fainting—tend to increase with age, possibly because of

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