Memory-Sharpening Benefits of a Beginner’s Mind

By |2021-11-22T10:05:58+00:00November 22nd, 2021|Brain Science|

When was the last time you tried something new that was totally out of your comfort zone? Perhaps it was flailing around the pickleball court with a friend. Or that ceramics class you took, even though you’re a self-described “non-creative.” Whatever the new pursuit, there’s a slew of cognitive benefits to be had, say researchers. [...]

New Algorithm Might Predict Alzheimer’s

By |2021-11-19T09:47:46+00:00November 19th, 2021|Brain Science|

According to researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, they've come up with an algorithm that can predict Alzheimer’s disease and its progress. The researchers use brain scans to determine your Alzheimer’s risk and, if the disease has already begun, how much time you have left until your memory and sense [...]

Brain-Penetrating Beam of Light Can Diagnose Early Alzheimer’s

By |2021-11-15T11:07:55+00:00November 15th, 2021|Brain Science|

In breakthrough research, scientists have, for the first time, diagnosed a neurodegenerative condition in living patients using a non-invasive technique. The condition, of course, is Alzheimer's. And unlike the blood tests that are under development to identify proteins linked to Alzheimer’s disease in a patient’s blood, this test relies on a beam of light and [...]

Revolutionary Two Minute Test Can Diagnose Alzheimer’s Earlier

By |2021-10-29T10:00:05+00:00October 29th, 2021|Brain Science|

By the time people are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, they may have had the disease for up to twenty years. During that time, the disease can damage cells and tissues in the brain that are hard, if not impossible, to restore to health. So, there's an urgent need for an early diagnostic tool to ensure [...]

Why Doctors Miss Early-Onset Dementia And the Surprising Symptom That’s a Dead Giveaway…

By |2021-10-22T00:43:20+00:00October 22nd, 2021|Brain Science|

While Alzheimer’s disease is certainly the best-known type of dementia, there are others to be aware of. One is called frontotemporal dementia (FTD), also known as early-onset dementia because it’s usually diagnosed in middle age, between the ages of 45 and 65. While FTD is not as common as Alzheimer’s disease, occuring in ten percent [...]

Dust Off Your Favorite Board Game and Save Your Memory

By |2021-10-01T13:47:23+00:00October 1st, 2021|Brain Science|

Just as challenging the body with weight-bearing exercise makes bones stronger and helps to slow bone loss with aging, challenging the brain with cognitive exercise can make it more resilient and help delay the onset of Alzheimer's. But how much of an effect does it have? How many extra healthy cognitive years will it give [...]

Will You Be Diagnosed With Dementia Within the Next Five Years?

By |2021-07-26T13:39:37+00:00July 26th, 2021|Brain Science|

If you’re over 55 and want to know your risk of developing dementia within the next five years, you can now find out in a matter of minutes. Rigorous research conducted in Canada led to the development of an online calculator consisting of two dozen questions. In just five minutes you'll know your chances of [...]

Scientists Discover New Protein That Causes Alzheimer’s Disease

By |2021-06-25T13:01:55+00:00June 25th, 2021|Brain Science|

Amyloid and tau proteins have long been linked to the development of Alzheimer's, yet frustratingly, their presence can't reliably predict the onset of the disease. The challenge for scientists has been to find a more reliable protein that can act as an early indicator, years before symptoms first appear. One group of scientists believe they [...]

The Brain Change that Predicts Alzheimer’s Disease

By |2021-06-07T05:45:09+00:00June 7th, 2021|Brain Science|

The latest research points to a new hallmark of Alzheimer's disease that could prove to be far more promising as an early marker of the malady than the often talked about tau tangles and amyloid plaques. Detecting this marker when it first develops could provide the earliest indicator of the disease, as it can be [...]

New Study Reveals Shocking Discovery About Amyloid Plaque and Memory Loss

By |2021-05-21T10:00:06+00:00May 21st, 2021|Brain Science|

For decades Alzheimer’s drugs have been developed to clear amyloid beta plaques from the brain. Yet when it comes to testing these drugs in clinical trials with Alzheimer's patients they’ve failed miserably. A new study suggests a surprising reason why. The research shows that some types of amyloid plaque actually protect the brain against memory [...]

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