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An Undetected Urinary Tract Infection Can Kill an Alzheimer's Patient

Urinary tract infections can be the "bane" of our existence as caregivers of people living with dementia. UTIs are a cause of great distress. This happens to caregivers because urinary tract infection often go undetected even by doctors and physician assistants. Show More Summary

Study identifies molecular signal for maintaining adult neuron

Research in mice points to better understanding of how the structure of nerve cells in the adult hippocampus may deteriorate, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders, report researchers.

Toxic brain cells may drive many neurodegenerative disorders, study finds

While most of us haven't heard of astrocytes, these cells are four times as plentiful in the human brain as nerve cells. Now, a team led by researchers has found that astrocytes, which perform many indispensable functions in the brain, can take on a villainous character, destroying nerve cells and likely driving many neurodegenerative diseases.

Benzodiazepines, related drugs increase stroke risk among persons with Alzheimer's disease

The use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like drugs was associated with a 20 per cent increased risk of stroke among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, shows a recent study. Benzodiazepines were associated with a similar risk of stroke as benzodiazepine-like drugs.

New research study creates new opportunities for treating brain diseases

Immunotherapy has proven to be effective against many serious diseases. But to treat diseases in the brain, the antibodies must first get past the obstacle of the blood-brain barrier. In a new study, a research group describes their development of a new antibody design that increases brain uptake of antibodies almost 100-fold.

Link found between concussions, Alzheimer's disease

Concussions accelerate Alzheimer's disease-related brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are at genetic risk for the condition, research has found. The findings show promise for detecting the influence of concussion on neurodegeneration.

Found: Neurons that orient bats toward destination

Bats – like humans – can find their favorite fruit stand (or coffee shop) even when it’s hidden behind a screen or tall buildings. How? Scientists have now identified the neurons that point bats in the right direction, even when their destination is obscured. This could aid understanding of some aspects of Alzheimer’s.

They Never Forget How You Made Them Feel

Dementia patients might not be able to tell you how they feel, but if you pay close attention you will learn by their behavior how they are feeling. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room In a recent email conversation with me Rudy Tanzi wrote, people only remember how you make them feel... Show More Summary

Caregivers Report Sadness, Loneliness, Less Enjoyment in Dementia Care

Adams suggests that caregivers might benefit from support groups that “normalize” the emotions that surface while watching the dementia of their loved ones worsen. They can also be taught caregiving and decision making skills and given “permission” to increase pleasurable activities and engage in self-care. Show More Summary

Antidepressant use increases hip fracture risk among elderly

Antidepressant use nearly doubles the risk of hip fracture among community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. The increased risk was highest at the beginning of antidepressant use and remained elevated even 4 years later.

Rural dementia: We need to talk

English research into the experience of dementia in farming and farming families, and its impact on their businesses and home lives, has identified four areas of concern which need to be addressed if dementia in the countryside is to be managed. It is the first time that research has addressed this issue in farming.

Compound from chicory reveals possible treatment strategy for neurodegenerative disorders

In a new research report scientists used mice to show that chicoric acid, a component of chicory, may help reduce memory impairment associated with Alzheimer's disease, and possibly other neurodegenerative diseases.

New molecular discovery may help identify drug therapies to prevent dementia

Scientists have discovered a molecular pathway in the brain that may help provide answers to long-term memory problems in the elderly and aid researchers in identifying drug-based therapies to prevent dementia.

'Housekeepers' of the brain renew themselves more quickly than first thought

Cells in the brain responsible for detecting and fixing minor damage renew themselves more quickly than previously thought, new research has shown.

Creating a Life Map for Dementia Patients

Activities for dementia patients like a "life map" can calm anxiety and agitation, and often provide a connection to a happier time. They can also help promote memories and conversation. Alzheimer's Reading Room Our reader Jocelyn Delaney wrote: " As I mentioned in a previous post, Paul has a Life Map on his wall, along with lots of other photos. Show More Summary

Brain protein predicts recovery time following concussion

Elevated levels of the brain protein tau following concussion are associated with a longer recovery period and may serve as a marker to help physicians determine an athlete's readiness to return to play, report investigators.

Alzheimer's Tries to Kill Everyone It Touches

Alzheimer's disease tries to kills everyone it comes in contact with. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room If allowed to do so Alzheimer's will try to kill everyone it comes in touch with. A person living with Alzheimer's dies from complication from Alzheimer's disease. Show More Summary

Living near major traffic linked to higher risk of dementia

People who live close to high-traffic roadways face a higher risk of developing dementia than those who live further away, new research has found.

The Alzheimer's Caregiver Blame Game

When you blame a person living with dementia for something they did you should try to remember - it might not be their fault. By Bob DeMarco Alzheimer's Reading Room I was talking to an elderly woman that was having a particularly difficult...Show More Summary

Happy New Year 2017

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