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MRI may help doctors differentiate causes of memory loss

A UCLA-led study has found that MRI scans can help doctors distinguish whether a person's memory loss is being caused by Alzheimer's disease or by traumatic brain injury.

Dementia and Diabetes: New Research Delves into the Brain’s Metabolic Function

Type 2 diabetes is linked to a two-fold or higher increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers presented findings at Neuroscience 2019, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago, that delved into the link between dementia and the metabolic system in the brain.

8 Evidence-Based Steps to Improving Brain Health (And What Your Doctor May Not Tell You)

Here’s the surprising truth about brain health: there is a lot you can do.

If your brain was like a bicep, you may exercise it everyday, rewarded by the tone and definition you were developing with each passing workout. The central command center of the body, the brain is an organ that acts much like a muscle.

Changes in Alzheimer’s Disease May Be Detectable In Blood Samples

Could our blood show signs of Alzheimer’s before the disease is properly diagnosed? One new study aimed to find out whether epigenetic changes, or modifications in gene expression, could be identified in a person’s blood to help detect Alzheimer’s.

New study shows potential link between bad quality sleep and Alzheimer’s in Hispanics

Hispanics who have trouble sleeping may be at a higher risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, according to a new study.

Blood test method may predict amyloid deposits in brain, potentially indicating Alzheimer's disease

A number of research projects are underway to develop a sensitive blood test that could help screen people for Alzheimer’s disease in a less invasive and costly way than current imaging and biomarker tests. NIA-supported researchers at Washington University in St. Louis reported an advance Aug. 1 in Neurology for their method of detecting amyloid protein in blood. The researchers are validating the method by showing an association between blood levels of amyloid and results from conventional biomarker tests for Alzheimer’s.

How Deep Sleep May Help The Brain Clear Alzheimer's Toxins

The brain waves generated during deep sleep appear to trigger a cleaning system in the brain that protects it against Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Why Didn’t She Get Alzheimer’s? The Answer Could Hold a Key to Fighting the Disease

Researchers have found a woman with a rare genetic mutation that has protected her from dementia even though her brain has developed major neurological features of the disease.

Cognitive decline and social isolation common reasons for elderly financial abuse

One in 10 older adults are victims of abuse, with many being the victims of financial scams. Researchers are now studying why older adults are more susceptible and believe very early stages of Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment could play a role.

ASU researcher studies menopause and memory loss

Women experience many symptoms during menopause which can include difficulty concentrating and memory loss.  Arizona State University researcher Dr. Bimonte-Nelson is studying the link between memory and thinking problems and the onset of menopause.