If You Have Sleep Apnea, Your Memory May Decline Earlier in Life

Sleep apnea — a sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep — may be doing more than affecting the quality of your sleep and making you tired. A recent study finds a link between abnormal breathing patterns during sleep – like heavy snoring and apnea – and cognitive decline at an earlier … Read More

Can Photos of Your Brain Detect Alzheimer’s?

A new study finds that pictures of the brain  may point out some changes that may be clues to development of Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms emerge. This may help doctors develop better treatments and prevent the disease from progressing. Before symptoms begin Neurological specialists have known for a long time that people with Alzheimer’s disease … Read More

Drugs Aim to Slow, Stop Alzheimer’s Before It Strikes

Medical researchers are trying a new strategy to combat Alzheimer’s disease. Instead of treating Alzheimer’s after it develops, scientists are exploring whether certain drugs can stop the deadly, debilitating disease before it starts, or slow its progress. Until now, the bulk of medical research focused on treating the disease once it took hold. But researchers now can identify … Read More

Why Do Some Boxers Develop Dementia and Some Don’t?

The boxing community has known for decades that repeated blows to a fighter’s head can result in permanent brain damage, resulting in dementia or Parkinson’s disease-like movement changes. The boxing community even has a name for it: punch-drunk. But while many notable fighters have developed these problems – along with depression and other neurological symptoms … Read More

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How You Can Deal With Excessive Worry and Lower Dementia Risk

Have you ever been so stressed and worried that you forgot an important doctor’s appointment or what you were planning to make for dinner? Imagine if you worried yourself so much for so long that your forgetfulness became dementia. It’s a distinct possibility, especially for women, says psychologist Amy Sullivan, PsyD, Director of Behavioral Medicine … Read More

Best Holiday Stress-Busting Tips for Alzheimer’s Patients, Families

The holiday season brings people and families together, and stress and frustration can tag along. Those feelings are often heightened when you have a family member living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or other forms of dementia. But you can smoothly navigate the holidays with these family members, says neuropsychologist Aaron Bonner-Jackson, PhD. The key, he … Read More

Does Your Cold Sore Mean You’ll Get Alzheimer’s Disease?

What do cold sores and Alzheimer’s disease have in common? A pair of studies suggests there could be a link between an increased risk of Alzheimer’s and the herpes virus that gives you cold sores that erupt in or near your mouth. In one study, researchers from Umeå University in Sweden found that being a carrier of herpes simplex virus 1 nearly doubled a person’s risk … Read More

Steps You Can Take To Guard Against Dementia

We all hope that medicine will find the golden cure to erase the threat of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease from our lives. Fortunately, while research to do exactly that is happening, there already are  plenty of steps you can take to keep your brain healthy. More and more, physicians and researchers find that one of … Read More

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Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer’s Disease

The Denver Broncos said Wednesday that owner Pat Bowlen is giving up control of the NFL team because of his Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, fatal disease of the brain that destroys memory and thinking skills and impairs basic daily functions.  Bowlen, whose team won two Super Bowls and who oversaw one of the NFL’s most consistently … Read More

Immune Cells Help Protect Brain Cells After Traumatic Injury

Microglia is a type of immune cell that is widely believed to make chronic adult brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis, worse. But research shows these cells can protect the brain from traumatic brain injury and may slow neurodegenerative diseases. A research team led by Bruce Trapp, PhD, Chair of the Department of Neurosciences … Read More