Scientists discover potential to restore memories lost due to early Alzheimer's

It what may be considered a major breakthrough, some researchers at UCLA have found that they could restore lost memories in snails by triggering the regrowth of synapses. (Snails are oddly similar to humans in their cellular and molecular functions). Although most researchers believe that long-term memories are stored in the synapses, this new research indicates that the memories may actually be stored in the neurons. That's because they were able to bring back those lost memories when new synapses were created....more

Anxiety may expedite the onset of Alzheimer's

Oh, great. Now those of us with anxiety of yet another thing to worry about. A new study says that people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who have anxiety can further increase their risk of cognitive decline and even speed up the onset of Alzheimer's.In addition, there's mounting evidence that late-life depression could add to the risk of Alzheimer's.So how bad is the anxiety issue? According to this research from Canada, anxiety in MCI patients increased the risk of Alzheimer's by up to 135%. Yikes! ...more

Decoy drug created new brain connections in adult mice

Big news for the future of blindness, strokes and Alzheimer's (and perhaps many others)!Scientists at Stanford Bio-X created a decoy drug that mimics PirB (a protein), which allowed the brains of adult mice to create new connections in the brain. Besides the obvious implications for stroke and TBI victims, there's also a lot of excitement in terms of Alzheimer's. ...more

The link between gum disease and Alzheimer's

Plaque is plaque when it comes to your body.A new study (2014) corraborated previous studies linking gum inflammation and Alzheimer's.In this study, the researchers found that 2 of the 3 types of bacteria that cause gum disease have also been found in the brain. Apparently, the either hop into the bloodstream or move directly up the nerve that runs from the tooth to the brain....more

World Alzheimer's Month- Risk reduction facts you need to know

September is World Alzheimer's Month:http://www.national-awareness-days.com/world-alzheimers-month.htmlThis past week, Alzheimer's Disease International released a report on the topic of dementia and risk reduction. Here are some of the highlights:1. The risk of dementia among the general populationcan be decreased by controlling diabetes.2. The risk of dementia among the general populationcan be decreased by controlling hhigh blood pressure.3. The risk of dementia among the general populationcan be decreased by controlling heart disease risk....more

Brain benefits of exercise may be counteracted by sedentary behavior

I've written about the  benefits of exercise on the brain, but new research said we also need to take under consideration what we're doing the rest of the time.The new research says that while the structural integrity of white matter in the brain is boosted by physical activity, a more sedentary lifestyle during the OTHER hours of the day created decreased structural integrity in the white matter of the hippocampus, which deals with memory and learning....more

Cognitively stimulated brains better adapt to potential damage from Alzheimer's

Keep up the music lessons, brain training and second language - new evidence indicates that cognitively stimulated brains adapt better to damage from Alzheimer's by compensating with the recruitment of extra brain circuits. ...more

Sleeping and anti-anxiety pills linked to Alzheimer's

Yesterday several news sources announced that new research indicates that people who take certain types of benzodiazepines may have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer's.Some highlights:1. 9 million Americans take sleeping pills or some sedative2. 11% of middle-aged women take anti-anxiety meds and benzodiazepines are the most common3. In the study, those who had taken benzodiazepines had a 51% higher risk of developing Alzheimer's. Those who took them for more than 180 days had a two-folder higher risk!...more

Body fat and your brain

Ready to lose some weight? Good, because so is your brain. Losing weight- by exercise OR surgery- can reverse the negative effects that body fat has on the brain. Here are some interesting points:1. If you're obese, you have a 35% higher chance of developing Alzheimer's-compared to your peers of "normal" weight....more

I FOUND MY ALZHEIMER'S VOICE

Rena McDaniel-The Diary of an Alzheimer's Caregiver Part 9 Caregiver Series How We Got Here...more