Caffeine may help protect older women from dementia

In a large group of older women, those who consumed higher amounts of caffeine had lower rates of incident dementia than those who consumed lower amounts over as many as 10 years of follow-up in a study. Researchers published their findings in The Journals of Gerontology. “The mounting evidence of caffeine consumption as a potentiallyContinue reading “Caffeine may help protect older women from dementia”

New treatment protocol shows promise of improving cognition in patients with Alzheimer’s disease

Ten patients with early Alzheimer’s disease or its precursors showed improvement in memory after treatment with Metabolic Enhancement for NeuroDegeneration (MEND), a programmatic and personalized therapy protocol. Researchers described results from the small trial, which used quantitative MRI and neuropsychological testing of participants before and after treatment, in the study published online in Aging. “Continue reading “New treatment protocol shows promise of improving cognition in patients with Alzheimer’s disease”

The Power of Music in Alleviating Dementia Symptoms

by Tori Rodriguez, MA, LPC As the search continues for effective drug treatments for dementia, patients and caregivers may find some measure of relief from a common, non-pharmaceutical source. Researchers have found that music-related memory appears to be exempt from the extent of memory impairment generally associated with dementia, and several studies report promising resultsContinue reading “The Power of Music in Alleviating Dementia Symptoms”

New research shows that people with ‘O’ blood type have decreased risk of cognitive decline

A pioneering study conducted by leading researchers at the University of Sheffield has revealed blood types play a role in the development of the nervous system and may impact the risk of developing cognitive decline. The research, carried out in collaboration with the IRCCS San Camillo Hospital Foundation in Venice, shows that people with anContinue reading “New research shows that people with ‘O’ blood type have decreased risk of cognitive decline”

Depression, Behaviour Changes May Start in Alzheimer’s Even Before Memory Changes

Depression and other behaviour changes may show up in people who will later develop Alzheimer’s disease even before they start having memory problems, according to a study published in the January 14, 2015, online issue of the journal Neurology. “While earlier studies have shown that an estimated 90% of people with Alzheimer’s experience behavioural orContinue reading “Depression, Behaviour Changes May Start in Alzheimer’s Even Before Memory Changes”

91 year old Polish woman declared dead and then later wakes up in mortuary

A Polish woman who spent 11 hours in cold storage in a mortuary after being declared dead has returned to her family, complaining of feeling cold. Officials say Janina Kolkiewicz, 91, was declared dead after an examination by the family doctor. However, mortuary staff were astonished to notice movement in her body bag while itContinue reading “91 year old Polish woman declared dead and then later wakes up in mortuary”

7 Very Bizarre (and Very Rare) Psychotic Hallucinations

brain The many documented cases of strange delusions and neurological syndromes can offer a window into how bizarre the brain can be. It may seem that hallucinations are random images that appear to some individuals, or that delusions are thoughts that arise without purpose. However, in some cases, a specific brain pathway may create aContinue reading “7 Very Bizarre (and Very Rare) Psychotic Hallucinations”

How Exercise Beefs Up the Brain

New research explains how abstract benefits of exercise—from reversing depression to fighting cognitive decline—might arise from a group of key molecules. While our muscles pump iron, our cells pump out something else: molecules that help maintain a healthy brain. But scientists have struggled to account for the well-known mental benefits of exercise, from counteracting depressionContinue reading “How Exercise Beefs Up the Brain”

A Dearth of New Medications for Neuropsychiatric Disease on the Horizon

  Neuropsychiatric diseases like schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and more cost billions per year and account for 13% of the global burden of disease (a measure of years of life lost due to premature mortality and living in a state less than full health), according to the World Health Organization. However, pharmaceutical companies have decidedContinue reading “A Dearth of New Medications for Neuropsychiatric Disease on the Horizon”

Half of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease may be misdiagnosed.

  It’s currently impossible to definitively diagnosis Alzheimer’s disease while the patient is alive.  Researchers recently analyzed around 800 brains from Alzheimer’s patients after they died, and learned that only about half of them actually had the disease.  The other half suffered from other forms of dementia.  A reliable way to diagnose the specific type ofContinue reading “Half of all cases of Alzheimer’s disease may be misdiagnosed.”