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Deep Brain Stimulation: A Future Alzheimer’s Treatment?

Deep Brain Stimulation: A Future Alzheimer’s Treatment?

With the battle against Alzheimer’s ongoing, there has been much research into potential treatment options. One of the more promising has been deep brain stimulation, a practice used in the treatment of other disorders such as Parkinson’s. Deep brain stimulation involves therapy with electrical impulses directed at certain areas of the brain. These areas receive
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This is Your Brain on Cholesterol

This is Your Brain on Cholesterol

A study led by Dr. Roelof Smit, a researcher at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, found that changes in LDL cholesterol levels may be especially damaging to cognitive functions—your memory, attention, language, and ability to reason. His study, published in the peer-review journal Circulation, followed more than 4000 people between the ages of
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In Good Odor

In Good Odor

Someday doctors may be able to screen for Alzheimer’s using a simple scratch and sniff test, according to two Columbia University studies. Dr. William Kreisl, a neurologist at Columbia University, and a team of researchers studied 84 people in their 60s and 70s, including 58 with memory problems indicative of early Alzheimer’s. Participants took the
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Staying Socially Active Wards Off Disability

Staying Socially Active Wards Off Disability

The importance of staying physically active throughout life and the health benefits it brings has long been documented, but what about social activities? Research from the Rush University Medical Center finds that retirees who report a high level of social activity are twice as likely to remain disability free involving activities of daily living. This
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Poor Balance May Signal Higher Risk of Dementia

Poor Balance May Signal Higher Risk of Dementia

A new study analyzed the association between four different measures of physical performance and the risk of dementia for great-grandparents. The researchers, from the University of California at Irvine, observed a strong link between dementia risk and poor performance on the standing balance test. Additionally, a small association was also found between developing dementia and
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