Category Archives: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MCI

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MCI

The 20 Second Brain Health Test

If you have 20 seconds to spare, try this brain test which can tell you a surprising amount of information about the health of your brain: Keeping your eyes open, balance yourself on one leg for at least 20 seconds. Yes, that’s all. This seemingly simple task activates a complex system of sensory, balance, and […]

Biogen Drug Offers a Glimmer of Hope for Alzheimers Disease

An experimental Alzheimer’s treatment, code named BIIB037 (also known as aducanumab, an amyloid antibody), has shown some encouraging improvements in cognition for patients during a small, preliminary Phase I trial conducted by Biogen Idec. The improvement in cognition for Alzheimer’s patients taking aducanumab was statistically significant, so this will be an interesting Alzheimer’s drug candidate […]

Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Higher Risk of Dementia and Multiple Sclerosis

Chronically low Vitamin D levels are likely linked to an increased risk of dementia and multiple sclerosis (MS), according to studies published in the journals Brain and Neurology. The Neurology study is the first large, prospective, population-based study to examine Vitamin D concentrations in relation to lifetime risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the […]

Diabetes Can Shrink Your Brain

Having type 2 diabetes (mellitus) in midlife can cause brain atrophy, memory loss, and cognitive impairment as an older adult, according to a recent study published in the journal Neurology. Over 1,430 adults (average age 80) were recruited from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging, a multi-year project designed to investigate risk factors for cognitive […]

Protecting Memory Health Organically

Some interesting work being done by the Salk Institute for Biological Studies with organic compounds that appear to provide some protection against memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Salk researchers applied flavonols, a type of chemical with strong anti-oxidant properties found in many fruits and vegetables, to a mouse model that mimics symptoms […]