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20 March 2018

Brain SPECT Imaging Predicts Outcomes in Depressed Patients

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New research from the Amen Clinics shows that brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging, a study that measures blood flow and activity patterns, identifies who is likely to get better from depression and who is not. The study is published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, because depression is a highly treatable risk for cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease.

14 March 2018

Exploring the Role of Cognitive Factors in a New Instrument for Elders' Financial Capacity Assessment

Journal of Alzheimer's Disease

Although the general public and mental health professionals seem to disregard incapacity regarding financial issues and relevant decision making in mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and focus only on severe dementia cases, a PhD study in Greece reveals that noticeable deficits do exist in the handling of financial issues in elders suffering from MCI.

12 March 2018

The Role of Verb Fluency in the Detection of Early Cognitive Impairment in Alzheimer's Disease

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The ability to generate spoken verbs in infinitive in a given time begins to worsen in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thus, the verb fluency test has been found to be a suitable neuropsychological tool for the detection of healthy aging people at risk of developing cognitive impairment, according to a recent research of the Research Center and Memory Clinic, Fundació ACE, Institut Català de Neurociències Aplicades, UIC-Barcelona, Spain.

7 March 2018

Fipronil and other pyrazole insecticides induce Amyloid-β42 production

A new study led by Laurent Meijer of ManRos Therapeutics shows that some pyrazole insecticides, of which fipronil is an archetype, trigger enhanced in vitro production of Aβ42/Aβ43 over Aβ40 amyloid peptides in a cell-free, highly purified preparation of γ-secretase, in various cell lines and in neurons differentiated from human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) from a healthy or a familial Alzheimer's disease (AD) patient with the APP K724N mutation.

20 February 2018

e-Health can support healthy ageing and help preventing cardiovascular disease and dementia in elderly people

An innovative e-Health solution, based on an interactive Internet platform, has been developed to support senior citizens in improving their lifestyle to prevent cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline and dementia. Researchers from the HATICE trial presented the solution in a pre-press article published in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease 62(2).

15 February 2018

Poor fitness linked to weaker brain fiber, higher dementia risk

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Scientists have more evidence that exercise improves brain health and could be a lifesaving ingredient that prevents Alzheimer’s disease. In particular, a new study from UT Southwestern’s O’Donnell Brain Institute suggests that the lower the fitness level, the faster the deterioration of vital nerve fibers in the brain. This deterioration results in cognitive decline, including memory issues characteristic of dementia patients.

6 February 2018

One in five older adults experience brain network weakening following knee replacement surgery

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A new University of Florida study finds that 23 percent of adults age 60 and older who underwent a total knee replacement experienced a decline in activity in at least one region of the brain responsible for specific cognitive functions. Fifteen percent of patients declined across all brain networks the team evaluated.

6 February 2018

Immune system dysfunction may occur early in Alzheimer's disease

Brianne Bettcher

An association between inflammation biomarkers in both blood plasma and cerebrospinal fluid and markers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) associated pathology, has been found by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus working with the University of Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and the University of California San Francisco Memory and Aging Center. The discovery sheds new light on the pathology of AD as well as on the communication between the brain and the rest of the body.

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