Neupro may reduce cognitive dysfunction among patients with Alzheimer’s disease

The dopaminergic agonist Neupro appeared to improve frontal cognitive functions and activities of daily living among patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, according to study results published in JAMA Network Open. “Some early attempts have been carried out using dopaminergic drugs, such as L-dopa or selegiline, in samples of patients with Alzheimer’s disease atContinue reading “Neupro may reduce cognitive dysfunction among patients with Alzheimer’s disease”

Children with less sleep experience increased depression and anxiety, and decreased cognitive performance

Shorter sleep duration among children was associated with increased risk for depression, anxiety, impulsive behavior and poor cognitive performance, according to study findings published in Molecular Psychiatry. “Sleep disturbances are common among children and adolescents around the world, with approximately 60% of adolescents in the United States receiving less than 8 hours of sleep onContinue reading “Children with less sleep experience increased depression and anxiety, and decreased cognitive performance”

Scientists reverse cognitive symptoms in a mouse model of Down Syndrome

By Kristin Houser Down syndrome is a cognitive disability that can affect a person’s memory or ability to learn — intellectual impairments researchers traditionally thought were untreatable and irreversible. But now, researchers from the University of California San Francisco and Baylor College of Medicine say they’ve reversed the impairments in mouse models of Down syndromeContinue reading “Scientists reverse cognitive symptoms in a mouse model of Down Syndrome”

How we think as children may be linked to our cognitive performance at age 70

Our thinking skills in childhood could offer a glimpse into how our minds might work at the age of 70, according to a study spanning decades. The research started in 1946, when 502 8-year-olds, who were born in the U.K. in the same week, took tests to measure their thinking and memory skills. The participantsContinue reading “How we think as children may be linked to our cognitive performance at age 70”

Researchers implant a memory into a bird’s brain

by ABBY OLENA Animals learn by imitating behaviors, such as when a baby mimics her mother’s speaking voice or a young male zebra finch copies the mating song of an older male tutor, often his father. In a study published today in Science, researchers identified the neural circuit that a finch uses to learn theContinue reading “Researchers implant a memory into a bird’s brain”

Playing video games may increase your brain’s gray matter and improve how it communicates

According to the results of a study published in Nature, gaming could possibly increase the volume of gray matter in the brain. Researchers recently studied the insular cortex regions of frequent gamers and those who didn’t play video games as regularly. The study found a correlation between playing action video games and increased gray matterContinue reading “Playing video games may increase your brain’s gray matter and improve how it communicates”

Researchers discovery an independent role for astrocytes in cognition

The majority of the cells in the brain are no neurons, but Glia (from “glue”) cells, that support the structure and function of the brain. Astrocytes (“start cells”) are star-shaped glial cells providing many supportive functions for the neurons surrounding them, such as the provision of nutrients and the regulation of their chemical environment. NewerContinue reading “Researchers discovery an independent role for astrocytes in cognition”

Meditation and Music Boost Memory and Cognition

Two simple mind-body practices improved cognition and helped reverse perceived memory loss in older adults with subjective cognitive decline, in a pilot study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers randomly assigned 60 older adults with subjective cognitive decline—a strong predictor of Alzheimer’s disease—to a program of either beginner meditation (Kirtan Kriya) or musicContinue reading “Meditation and Music Boost Memory and Cognition”

Science confirms link between slow walking and cognitive decline

Older people with a slow walking pace are at increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia, according to a new meta-analysis. “In light of its characteristics of safety, cost-effectiveness, and ease to test and interpret, walking pace may be an effective indicator of the development of cognitive decline and dementia in older people,” Dr. MinghuiContinue reading “Science confirms link between slow walking and cognitive decline”

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”