Beagles’ Tricks Assist Alzheimer’s Fight

August 5, 2012

Scientists have found a way to teach an old beagle forgotten tricks in research that suggests a healthy diet could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Sandra Cannon: No ready-made plans for dealing with dementia

August 5, 2012

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have touched many of us. My uncle has Alzheimer’s. He does not remember us.

Top 5 Ways to Boost Your Brain

August 5, 2012

If nuts can help stave off Alzheimer’s, what else is good for your mind. Here are some ways to keep your brain healthy. It is the ticking timebomb that will affect 1.7 million of us in just 40 years.

Oily Fish ‘Can Cut Alzheimer’s Risk’

August 4, 2012

A diet high in omega-3, found in fish and some oils, can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by 60 per cent, a study has claimed. Even eating oily fish once a week can cut the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by a third, while eating fruit and vegetables every day reduces the chances of getting dementia in old age by almost 30 per cent. In the study, in the journal Neurology, a total of 8,085 men and women in France aged over 65 were given diet questionnaires and medical tests at the start of the research and after four years

Puzzle Habit ‘Staves Off Dementia’

August 4, 2012

Scientists in the US who looked at 65 health elderly people, whose average age was 76, found those who did so tended to lower amounts of a destructive protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease, than those who were less mentally active. The researchers at the University of California’s Berkeley campus found they had less beta-amyloid, which are thought to cause Alzheimer’s when they accumulate in sufficient quantities to fold into tangles plaques. Using brain scans, they compared the levels of amyloid plaques in the 65 volunteers, with 11 people in their 20s.

Red Meat and Butter Could Raise Alzheimer’s Risk

August 3, 2012

US researchers linked to Harvard University found older women who ate lots of food high in saturated fats had worse memories than others. By contrast, those who ate more monounsaturated fats – found in olive oil, sunflower oil, seeds, nuts and avocados – had better memories. Dr Oliva Okereke, from the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., which is affiliated to Harvard Medical School, said: “When looking at changes in cognitive function, what we found is that the total amount of fat intake did not really matter, but the type of fat did.” She and fellow researchers made their conclusions after looking at results from 6,000 women over 65, who carried out a series of mental tests over four years and answered questionnaires about their diet and lifestyle

New gene therapy to tackle dementia

August 2, 2012

An experimental form of gene therapy has given hope of a significant advance in the treatment of dementia. The therapy, in which a nerve growth factor delayed the loss of brain cells, led to increased metabolic activity in the brain of Alzheimer’s sufferers and a reduction in the decline of cognitive functions. Though the study […]

An Alzheimer’s Love Story: ‘Please Wear a Tux’

August 2, 2012

“Please wear a tux,” I said over the phone to Don, the classical violinist I was hiring to play a special concert for my Romanian soul mate, Ed, in his room at the Alois Alzheimer Center in Cincinnati. I described Ed’s dementia to Don, adding that Ed had been a college professor who loved classical […]

Small steps can help caregivers cope when dealing with Alzheimer’s patients

July 31, 2012

Susan Draddy had a unique idea to help her mother cope withAlzheimer’s disease. To assist her mother in finding the bathroom inside their Hinsdale home, Draddy laid out blue painter’s tape on the floor to act as a pathway. “I would tell her to follow the tape,” said Draddy, 50, who took care of her mother, Annette, for a year in 2008

Early-onset Alzheimer’s strikes families fast and ferociously

July 14, 2012

Alzheimer’s is thought of as a disease of the elderly. But the early-onset form of the disease can wreak havoc for young people and their families