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
- Could targeting variants of this gene help fight Alzheimer's disease? August 21, 2019
Researchers have found variants of a gene that influence Alzheimer's disease risk through their effect on a cerebrospinal fluid protein.
- 'Spontaneous chemistry' may drive Alzheimer's August 20, 2019
A new study asks whether subtle changes to the chemistry of proteins might explain why they build up in the brains of people with Alzheimer's.
- Dementia risk: The role of 'blood pressure patterns' August 19, 2019
A new study investigates the importance of fluctuations in blood pressure from mid-age to later life. It asks how these changes relate to dementia risk.
- Alzheimer's in women: Could midlife stress play a role? August 19, 2019
New research suggests that experiencing a stressful life event may detrimentally impact older women’s memories and put them at risk of Alzheimer's disease.
- Alzheimer's: Death of key brain cells causes daytime sleepiness August 18, 2019
According to a new study, the buildup of toxic tau protein in key areas of the brain leads to major brain cell loss and daytime sleepiness in Alzheimer's.
- How to improve your memory: 8 techniques to try August 15, 2019
Brain function and memory naturally decline slightly as a person ages, but there are many techniques people can use to improve memory and prevent its loss. Learn about them here.
- Social activity in your 60s may lower dementia risk by 12% August 15, 2019
One of the most reliable studies of its kind has tracked participants over a 28-year period and found that greater social activity can lower dementia risk.
- Blood test can identify Alzheimer's 2 decades before symptoms August 12, 2019
A new study showcases a blood test that identifies beta-amyloid proteins — a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease — 20 years before any symptoms of dementia.
- 7 'simple' steps for heart health may also stave off dementia August 8, 2019
New research examines the link between heart health at 50 years of age, and the risk of developing dementia 25 years later, on average.
- Alzheimer's: Researchers create model to predict decline August 6, 2019
Researchers have developed a new machine-learning model that they suggest can accurately predict a person's Alzheimer's-related cognitive decline.