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    History of stroke raises dementia risk by 70 percent

    Mumbai: People who have suffered a stroke are more likely to develop dementia, as per a recent study by the University of Exeter Medical School. It was found that the link between stroke and dementia persisted even after considering other dementia risk factors such as blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The doctors said a history of stroke increases dementia risk by about 70%, and recent strokes more than doubled the risk.

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    Forget Me Not! How India is fighting dementia

    Over the next 15 years, the number of Indians living with dementia will almost double, meaning more Indian families will become caregivers, writes Vibha Singh

  • ‘First brain training that reduces dementia risk identified’

    New York, In a first, researchers have identified a form of mental exercise that can significantly reduce the risk of dementia. The cognitive training, called ‘speed of processing’, showed benefits up to 10 years after participants underwent the mental exercise programme, said Frederick W Unverzagt, from the Indiana University in the US.

  • Daily sauna can reduce dementia risk

    London : The sense of well-being and relaxation experienced during sauna bathing can help reduce risk of dementia, new research suggests.

  • New sensor can detect vitamin B12 deficiency within minutes

    Melbourne: Scientists have developed a new world-first optical sensor that may quickly detect vitamin B12 defficiency, a condition linked to an increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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    Virtual reality, treadmill training may prevent falls in elderly

    London: Combining virtual reality and treadmill training is likely to help prevent falls in older adults better than treadmill training alone, suggests a research. The intervention, which combines the physical and cognitive aspects of walking, consists of a camera that captures the movement of participants’ feet and projects it onto a screen in front of the treadmill, so that participants may ‘see’ their feet walking on the screen in real time.

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    Want a better memory? Eat Mediterranean diet

    Sydney: A Mediterranean diet can improve your cognitive function, reduce chances of Alzheimer and improve heart conditions, shows a new study. The main foods in the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) include plant foods, such as leafy greens, fresh fruit and vegetables, cereals, beans, seeds, nuts, and legumes. The MedDiet is also low in dairy, has minimal use of red meat, and uses olive oil as its major source of fat reported IANS.

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    Leukaemia drug may help treat Parkinson’s, dementia 

    Washington: A drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat leukemia has the potential to improve motor and cognitive functions of patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and dementia, a small study has found, reports IANS.

  • Leaky blood-brain barrier may lead to Alzheimer’s disease

    London: Researchers using a contrast-enhanced MRI technique have found that leakages in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) may lead to early onset of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The BBB — a collection of cells and subcellular structures that separates the circulating blood from the brain — is essential to keep brain tissue in healthy condition.

  • Social activities lower depression in elderly

    London: Older adults suffering with dementia who indulged in a high-intensity functional exercise programme and group activity showed reduced levels of depressive symptoms, a new study has found. “Unfortunately, depression is common among older people, especially in people with dementia,” said led author Gustaf Bostrom, doctoral student at the Umea University’s Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation in Sweden. The team investigated whether 45 minutes of high-intensity exercise, every other weekday for

  • Brain insulin resistance linked to Alzheimer’s, diabetes

    New York: Alzheimer’s disease impairs insulin signalling in the brain, making a person with the most common form of dementia more likely to develop diabetes, suggests a new research conducted in mice.

  • New genes responsible for stroke, dementia discovered

    Boston: A new set of genes that may be responsible for the two most common and disabling neurological conditions, stroke and dementia, has been discovered by researchers, including one of Indian-origin. The study may help scientists better understand, treat and prevent ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, and perhaps Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, researchers said.

  • Why some dementia patients fail to understand language

    New York : Greater buildup of a toxic protein found in Alzheimer’s disease on the left side of the brain can lead to a rare type of language dementia because of which people lose ability to express themselves and understand language, says a new study, reports IANS.

  • Keep your mind active to keep Alzheimer’s at bay

    New York: Taking part in mentally stimulating activities such as reading books and magazines, playing games and using computers in the middle age may delay symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, says a study by an Indian-origin researcher. “The takeaway message for the general public is that keeping your mind active is very important in delaying symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease,” said study author Prashanthi Vemuri, dementia researcher at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, US. The

  • Regular sex can help the elderly fight off dementia

    London : If you are in your 50s and experiencing early signs of dementia, before you schedule an appointment with a doctor, why not try some steamier sex tonight to cut those forgetfulness episodes and live a healthier life?

  • Dementia risk in US lowest among Asian Americans

    New York: Examining dementia risk in a large population representing the diversity of the US, researchers have found the incidence of the brain disorder to be the lowest among Asian Americans. The study compared six ethnic and racial groups within the same geographic population and found significant variation in dementia incidence among them.

  • Anxiety, sleeping pills don’t put you at increased dementia risk

    Washington : A new study has suggested that taking drugs for anxiety and sleep problems is not associated with an increased dementia.These results from the University of Washington (UW) and Group Health in Seattle do not support a direct (causal) association between benzodiazepine (widely used drugs to treat anxiety and insomnia) use and dementia, say the researchers, reports ANI.

  • Common antidepressant may protect against dementia

    Washington: A commonly used antidepressant medication can also provide protection against compounds that can cause memory loss and dementia, researchers including one of Indian-origin have found. Researchers at the Loyola University in Chicago found that blood levels of two neurotoxic compounds dropped significantly in depressed patients after they were treated with the antidepressant escitalopram.

  • LED lights may help treat Alzheimer’s

    Seoul: Researchers have used blue LED lights to effectively prevent the buildup of a protein known to cause Alzheimer’s disease, an advance that may pave the way for light-induced treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. Scientists from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology conducted a research to suppress an abnormal assembly of beta-amyloids, a protein commonly found in the brain, by using photo-excited porphyrins.