Genetic testing is available to people who want to know if they carry a variant of a gene that confers susceptibility for Alzheimer’s. But knowing whether to get tested is hard.
Alzheimer's is not only the third leading cause of death in the U.S. but also the most dreaded diagnosis. Genetic testing can help determine susceptibility, but knowing whether to test isn't easy.
Increasing risk does not mean it’s predetermined.
Reporting of recent studies may have caused alarm that brain injuries cause dementia. It just increases your risk.
Alzheimer's drug development tends to focus on protein aggregates in the brain. Perhaps that's why they've all failed.
HIV becomes dormant in the body and can hide in brain cells.
Joseph Lebowitz, Dr. Min Lin, and Dr. Habibeh Khoshboue
While drugs have been developed to treat HIV and AIDS, the virus can still lie dormant in the brain, increasing the risk for brain disease such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
Not all types of dementia start in the elderly, or with memory loss.
Frontotemporal dementia typically affects people under 65 and is about more than memory loss – this is what to look out for.
‘I’m still me inside’.
Comics often portray those with dementia as abnormal or less than human.
Lifestyle factors such as meditation can change our brain for the better.
How can exercise, meditation and hypnosis change our brains and potentially prevent disease?
DNA testing has its risks, including that you don’t know who will own your genetic data.
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Online genetic testing promises many things. Some are the stuff of fantasy, while others, even if scientifically feasible, still carry risks. Consider these five things before ordering a test.
A lot of Alzheimer's treatments focus on removing plaques in the brain. But could this be the wrong target?
Challenging and training your brain is important to prevent dementia risk.
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Although we can’t change our age or genetic profile, there are fortunately several lifestyle changes we can make that will reduce our dementia risk.
When persons with dementia engage with others who share their passion for the game, colorful memories can emerge.
A new form of therapy gives people with dementia the opportunity to chat with other baseball fans, watch footage of old games and even play wiffle ball.
There are currently no effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, which causes may elders to live their last years without recognizing their loved ones, and unable to care for themselves.
Study of the "memory centres" of the brain in adults offers hope for detecting Alzheimer's disease earlier -- before the onset of memory loss.
A new study has assessed the links between cholesterol and cognitive function.
A growing body of scientific evidence is making clear the connection between good nutrition and good mental health.
Have our hopes of a drug treatment for dementia been dashed by drug company Pfizer giving up on research efforts?
Because we're still not sure exactly what causes dementia, finding a treatment is difficult.
Harmful tau protein spreads through networks.
Harmful proteins spread between connected neurons much like flu spreads through a social network. The finding may provide future opportunities for halting Alzheimer’s.
MRI of healthy brain.
Antisense therapy showed promising results in a first-in-human trial for Huntington's disease.
Those caring for spouses with dementia are often isolated, lonely and emotionally overwhelmed.
With people living longer lives and dementia on the rise, it's time to consider whether it's verboten for spouses acting as full-time caregivers to seek love and comfort outside their marriages.
A new analysis shows that coffee is associated with a host of positive health effects.
Long-term treatment with lithium has improved memory and learning in rats.
Lithium is present naturally in many water systems and was once considered an elixir. It has long been used to treat bipolar disorder, but researchers have also started exploring its role in dementia.