THURSDAY, May 17, 2018 -- A new study suggests that moderate or even rigorous exercise won't slow mental decline in older people with dementia.
People with early dementia were able to follow an exercise regimen and boost their physical fitness. But that did not translate into "improvements in cognitive impairment, activities in daily living, behavior, or health-related quality of life," according to British researchers at the University of Oxford.
TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 -- Smoking and diabetes could increase the risk of abnormal calcium buildup in the brain, a new Dutch study suggests.
The study included nearly 2,000 people, average age 78, who visited a memory clinic in the Netherlands. Brain CT scans showed more than 19 percent of them had abnormal calcium buildups (calcifications) in the brain's hippocampus. That part of the brain plays an important role in short- and long-term memory.
TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 -- Even if you discover that you have the first biological signs of Alzheimer's, you are not doomed to develop the crippling dementia, a new study suggests.
"Just because you have amyloid [proteins] in the brain doesn't mean you're going to get dementia tomorrow. It doesn't mean you're going to get dementia in five years," said lead researcher Ron Brookmeyer. He's a professor of biostatistics with UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health.
WEDNESDAY, March 28, 2018 -- Stigma surrounding Alzheimer's disease may discourage Americans from learning about their risk and from joining clinical trials for potential new treatments, a small survey reveals.
"We found that concerns about discrimination and overly harsh judgments about the severity of symptoms were most prevalent," lead researcher Shana Stites said in an Alzheimer's Association news release.