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29 July 2021

When We Are Born Can Influence How Mentally Fit We Will Be in Old Age

According to a study published in JAD, people born in winter seem to carry a life-long disadvantage in cognitive ageing. Specifically, their cognitive skills are lower when compared to people born in other seasons, even when taking into account other influencing characteristics, such as their education, depression or cardiovascular diseases.

27 July 2021

Keystone Bio Advances a More Complete Explanation of Porphyromonas Gingivalis Toxic Virulence Factors

Keystone Bio presents a detailed review of the literature show incomplete human and animal model study design(s) for the “local” gingipains AD brain model, but rather using new data and existing publication(s) – support a “peripheral” model of Pg blood-transported toxic virulence factors/OMVs as the major delivery mechanism into the brain. This can now be integrated into a more unifying “concept” and explanation for the “infection hypothesis” for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementia-related disease(s).

12 July 2021

Digital Pens Provide New Insight into Cognitive Testing Results

Stacy Andersen

During neuropsychological assessments, participants complete tasks designed to study memory and thinking. Based on their performance, the participants receive a score that researchers use to evaluate how well specific domains of their cognition are functioning. The study found that the use of a digital pen during cognitive assessments allows researchers to identify patterns of test performance that correlate with different measures of cognitive and physical function.

22 June 2021

TV Ads for Prescription Drugs Linked to Higher Utilization Rates Among Seniors

The US is one of the only nations in the world that allows pharmaceutical companies to advertise directly to patients: now, TV ads have been linked with higher utilization rates for certain prescription drugs, especially among older patients. This is according to a study published in JAD and authored by Professor Robin Feldman of the University of California Hastings College of Law.

18 June 2021

Depression, Tau Deposits Seen in Subset of Middle-Aged Persons

Mitzi M. Gonzales

Middle-aged people with depressive symptoms who carry a genetic variation called apolipoprotein (APOE) ε4 may be more at risk to develop tau protein accumulations in the brain’s emotion- and memory-controlling regions, a new study by researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and collaborating institutions suggests.

27 April 2021

The Greener the Neighborhood, the Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias

University of Miami

A new University of Miami Miller School of Medicine-led study examined the relationship of neighborhood greenness, such as trees, shrubs, or grass, to Alzheimer’s disease, Non-Alzheimer’s dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. The study found that a greater presence of neighborhood greenness was associated with a lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease by 20% and non-Alzheimer's disease by 11%.


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