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People with neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's often have difficulty swallowing, a dangerous condition. Here's why treatment of these illnesses should include attention to swallowing problems.
New research shows that exposure to fine particulate air pollution may double the risk of dementia in older women by increasing growth of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain.
Brain training programs support healthy brain ageing – but you’ve got to choose the right one.
Many brain training programs are based on the principles of neuroplasticity. But a new study shows that less than 40% are backed by proof of efficacy.
Vitamin B1 can reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease, but some groups, such as the elderly, aren't getting enough.
Will you still be able to do the crossword when you’re 80? Yep, better than ever, probably.
There are a number of myths associated with what happens to our brain and bodies as we age.
There are many processes that occur as a result of ‘wear and tear’ in the body.
Cells and processes in our body have existed for longer and longer periods of time.
High blood pressure is associated with an increased risk of developing dementia, but now researchers have found that it may be protective in the very old.
Many reasons that weren’t explored may account for the findings that women who drank coffee decreased their risk of dementia.
A study was reported to show caffeine protects older women from dementia. But looking closer at the research, we can't truly claim coffee was the reason some of the women had a lower risk of dementia.
Providing a sample for a genetic test might not actually give you the health answers you’re looking for.
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Testing some genes for Alzheimer's disease, coeliac disease and folate conversion does not lead to improved health outcomes, and may create anxiety or false hope amongst patients.
An important cell function called endocytosis is revealing a lot about how Alzheimer's develops.
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Improvements in education and vascular health are likely partly responsible for a sharp decline in dementia over the past few decades. The trend may continue, if we also address obesity and diabetes.
A disease that we have known about for more than 100 years still defies proper description and a consensus on how to tackle it.
Tiny particles of a mineral known as magnetite may be causing havoc with our health.
Long after people with dementia have forgotten the names of their loved ones, they can still recall songs they learned in their teenage years.
Hearing the same questions over and over again can be frustrating, but it’s important you stay calm – they’re not trying to annoy you.
If you care for or know someone with dementia, they've probably asked you “what are we doing today?” “who are you?” or “when are we going home?”
There are some things we can’t protect our children from.
Dozens of factors are at play.
A blood test for dementia would be great, but there are limitations as to what blood can tell us about our brains.
Blood has some disadvantages for diagnosis as it is separated from the brain by what is called the "blood brain barrier". This makes it difficult to establish that a signal is actually coming from the brain.
Success in human drug development is painfully low.
News reports this week hailing a breakthrough in Alzheimer's research, saying a vaccine for the disease is a few years away, have raised hopes for many. But let's take a step back from the headlines.
President Obama awards a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Pat Summitt in 2012. Summit died June 28 from early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer's disease is one of the most feared illnesses of people 60 and up. A rare type of Alzheimer's, called early-onset, can occur in people even younger. How can you tell if you are at risk?
Dementia can affect the ability to perform tasks such as dressing, showering and eating.
Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia. As the population ages, the number of people with dementia is expected to rise, as is the number of deaths from dementia.