Tag: Dementia

Football May Take a Toll on the Brain, Even Without Concussions

After a season of college football, portions of players’ brains can show worrying signs of damage, even if they did not experience a concussion, according to a timely new study of contact sports and brain health. The study, which concentrated on changes to white matter in players’ brains, amplifies growing concerns about the effects of […]

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What’s New in Alzheimer’s Research?

Genotypes May Be Key to Determine if Alzheimer’s Drugs Work Researchers at the University of Buffalo found that a gene present in 75 percent of Alzheimer’s patients, but not in animals, is the reason why drugs found successful in animal testing failed to work in humans with the gene. The gene, CHRFAM7A, is a “fusion […]

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A Brain Scan May Predict Alzheimer’s. Should You Get One?

Juli Engel was delighted when a neurologist recommended a PET scan to determine whether amyloid — the protein clumps associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease — was accumulating in her mother’s brain. “My internal response was, ‘Yay!’” said Ms. Engel, 65, a geriatric care manager in Austin, Tex., who has been making almost […]

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Shutting the Door on Asylum Seekers

ImageMigrants were driven to a processing center after they were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents earlier this month.CreditJohn Moore/Getty Images More from our inbox: To the Editor: Re “Trump Moves to Block Another Road to Asylum” (front page, July 16): An unprecedented new rule instituted by the Trump administration shuts the door (with […]

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New Research Highlights Urgent Need for Early Alzheimer’s Disease Detection and Intervention 

Memory Performance Changes May Show Up in 20s with Family History of Alzheimer’s Startlingly, as the latest research shows, Alzheimer’s disease risk isn’t confined to older individuals. Changes in memory performance may start showing up in men and women in their 20s if they come from families with Alzheimer’s disease history. Indeed, deficits in memory […]

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Aid in Dying Soon Will be Available to More Americans. Few Will Choose It.

ImageCreditJames Steinberg On Aug. 1, New Jersey will become the eighth state to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. On Sept. 15, Maine will become the ninth. So by October, 22 percent of Americans will live in places where residents with six months or less […]

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Risk for Dementia May Increase With Long-Term Use of Certain Medicines

Can certain medications increase your risk of dementia? A new study suggests that people who take a class of common medicines called anticholinergic drugs for several years may be more likely to develop dementia as they age. This is not a new hypothesis about these drugs, which are used to treat a wide range of […]

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Neurotrack raises $21 million to detect and track dementia

Neurotrack, a Redwood City-based startup developing cognitive tests that can detect impairments in the hippocampus, the first structure in the brain to be affected by Alzheimer’s, today announced that it’s raised $21 million in series C financing led by by Khosla Ventures, with participation from strategic investors Sozo Ventures, Japanese insurance providers Dai-ichi Life and […]

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Denmark Rejects Final Asylum Appeal by Afghan Woman With Dementia

COPENHAGEN — Zarmena Waziri once fought for women’s rights in Afghanistan, but now, at age 72, she is a refugee in Denmark living with increasingly advanced dementia — and is facing possible deportation within weeks. Ms. Waziri’s repeated requests for asylum since November 2012 have been denied by the Danish government, which on May 15 […]

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Dementia Stopped a Major Artist From Painting. For Some, That Spelled a Lucrative Opportunity.

The scene played out for years. Twice a week, in the late afternoon, above the Shun Lee Chinese restaurant on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, a creaky elevator would open, and out would step an elderly man. Thin as a rail, with a sparse mustache, he would sometimes have little idea about where or […]

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How to Improve the Mental Health of Older Adults

Learn How to Cope with Anger Research from the American Psychological Association shows that anger is more harmful to the health of older adults than sadness. The effects of anger experienced daily was related to higher inflammation levels and chronic illness for study participants 80 years old and above, but not for younger seniors, while […]

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