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Does waist size predict dementia risk?

Does waist size predict dementia risk?

The first large-scale cohort study of its kind looked at the link between waist circumference in later life and the risk of dementia in a population of older Asian adults. Share on PinterestCould waist size predict dementia risk in older adults? Physicians, healthcare professionals, and medical researchers tend to use body mass index (BMI) to […]

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How a high salt diet may lead to cognitive decline

How a high salt diet may lead to cognitive decline

New research suggests that a diet high in salt may promote cognitive decline by destabilizing levels of the protein tau. Excessive levels of tau are a hallmark of dementia. Share on PinterestAvoiding excessive salt intake could stave off dementia. Dr. Giuseppe Faraco, an assistant professor of research in neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain and […]

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Failed dementia drug gets a second chance

Failed dementia drug gets a second chance

Biogen, a multinational biotechnology company, and Eisai, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, are planning to file for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for an Alzheimer’s drug that had mixed results in clinical trials. Can this controversial medication offer fresh hope to millions of people worldwide? A multinational biotech company will push for the regulation of […]

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Dementia: Brain mapping method may predict progression

Dementia: Brain mapping method may predict progression

Does dementia spread gradually and evenly in all directions across the brain, or can it “jump” from one brain area to another? New research helps to settle the question by examining the progression of frontotemporal dementia. Researchers have used MRI scans to improve their prediction of brain atrophy progression in a type of dementia. Frontotemporal […]

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Alcohol and dementia risk: A complex relationship

Alcohol and dementia risk: A complex relationship

Although alcohol has been popular for millennia, and dementia is increasingly prevalent, scientists are yet to understand the relationship between the two. A recent study sets out for answers. A new study looks at the relationship between dementia, alcohol, genes, and cognitive impairment. With dementia predicted to affect 13.9 million adults in the United States […]

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New approach may save brain cells in neurodegenerative diseases

New approach may save brain cells in neurodegenerative diseases

Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s, share a mechanism of brain cell damage that could offer a new target for treatment, according to new research in human cells and mice. A newly discovered mechanism of brain cell damage could hold the key to treating several neurodegenerative conditions. A recent Nature Neuroscience study describes how […]