The word dementia describes a set of symptoms that may include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Dementia is caused when diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes, damage the brain. Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. In most cases, there is no way to cure the diseases that cause dementia. However, there are drugs and treatments available that may help alleviate some of the symptoms.
Alzheimer's and Dementia
- January 14, 2020Could some antibiotics help treat early onset dementia?
A preclinical study using cell cultures has found that some antibiotics may help address a genetic mutation associated with forms of early onset dementia.
- January 8, 2020What to know about brain atrophy
Brain atrophy can refer to a loss of brain cells or a loss in the number of connections between these cells. In this article, learn about the symptoms of brain atrophy, as well as some causes and trea …
- January 5, 2020Could hydration levels influence cognitive function?
A new study found a link between inadequate hydration and poorer cognitive functioning, especially in memory and attention tasks — but only in older women.
- January 4, 2020What causes Alzheimer's? Not toxic amyloid, new study suggests
The findings of a new study suggest that the accumulation of toxic beta-amyloid proteins in the brain may not be the cause of Alzheimer's disease.
- January 4, 2020Scientists draw closer to a dementia vaccine
A new mouse study uses a two-pronged approach to designing a vaccine for dementia. The results are encouraging, and a clinical trial may be on the horizon.
- December 22, 2019Dementia: Obesity, but not diet or inactivity, raises risk
New research suggests that it may only be obesity, not a poor diet or lack of physical activity, that contributes to dementia risk.
- December 21, 2019Inflammatory marker could be early warning for dementia
New research identifies an inflammatory biomarker in the blood, called sCD14, that may predict someone's risk of developing clinical dementia.
- December 13, 2019How two experimental Alzheimer's drugs reverse aging
New research in mice reveals the molecular and genetic mechanisms through which two Alzheimer's drug candidates can reverse aging in general.
- December 12, 2019Mouse study tests a novel approach against Alzheimer's
In a mouse study, researchers have tested the potential of a ketone ester-rich diet in slowing down Alzheimer's, and have found this approach promising.
- December 11, 2019Transport breakdown in brain cells may lead to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's
New research in mice and flies suggests that failure to transport molecules that break down proteins in neurons may lead to neurodegenerative diseases.