Tag Archives: American Academy of Neurology

Postural (Orthostatic) Hypotension: Possible Risk Factor for Cognitive Impairment, Dementia and Stroke (BBC News / Neurology / NHS Choices / European Heart Journal)

Summary There is an association between postural hypotension in middle age and higher risk of cognitive decline, dementia or stroke in later life. Full Text Link Reference Dizziness when getting up could increase dementia risk, US study says. London: BBC … Continue reading

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Skin Cells: A New Non-Invasive Biomarker? (BBC News / American Academy of Neurology)

Summary Skin may be a good candidate biomarker for detecting hidden brain disorders earlier. Abnormal proteins which accumulate in the brain in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease can be found in the skin too. Research is … Continue reading

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Blood Type (AB) Association With Memory Problems? (BBC News / Neurology)

Summary US research suggests a possible link between the rare AB blood type, which occurs in 4% of the population, and memory problems in later life. People with blood group AB and those with higher factor VIII (FVIII), appear more … Continue reading

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Rapid Eye Movement (REM) Sleep Behaviour Disorder May Predict Development of Dementia With Lewy Bodies (Mayo Clinic News)

Summary Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder is caused by the loss of the normal muscle paralysis during REM sleep. This tendency to “act out dreams” can appear three decades or more before a formal diagnosis of dementia with Lewy bodies in males, … Continue reading

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Exercise in Old Age Helps Prevent Brain Shrinkage (BBC Health News / Neurology)

[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust), Volume 3 Issue 4, November 2012]. Summary Research published in the journal “Neurology” indicates that people aged over 70 who are more physically active tend … Continue reading

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Obesity Associated With Faster Cognitive Decline (BBC News / NHS Choices / Neurology)

[A brief reference to this item appears in: Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 3, October 2012]. Summary Being overweight has been linked to decline in mental performance. Metabolic changes such as high blood … Continue reading

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Nicotine Patches Show Benefits for Mild Cognitive Impairment (BBC Health News)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 6, January 2012]. Summary Nicotine patches may improve mild memory loss in older adults experiencing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) i.e. the earliest symptoms of … Continue reading

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