Tag Archives: Brain Shrinkage

Mid-Life Blood Test for Inflammation May Predict Later-Life Dementia Risk? (NHS Choices / Neurology)

Summary Higher inflammatory marker scores in middle age, based on five blood-based markers of inflammation (fibrinogen, albumin, von Willebrand factor, factor VIII and white blood cell count) appear to be associated with reduced brain volume (thought to be neurodegenerative “shrinkage”) … Continue reading

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Smoking Linked to Brain Shrinkage? (NHS Choices / Molecular Psychiatry)

Summary Comparison of brain scans from more than 500 people, aged 73 and over, found that long-term smokers were more likely to have a thinner cerebral cortex. Full Text Link Reference Long-term smoking ‘may cause’ brain shrinkage. London: NHS Choices; … Continue reading

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Computerised Cognitive Testing: Cutting Delays in Dementia Assessments (Cambridge Cognition and IXICO)

Summary Cambridge Cognition (a leading British developer of neuropsychological tests) and IXICO (a leading brain imaging specialist), have developed tools which promise to assist in achieving more accurate and rapid dementia assessments. Their innovations consist of (i) the Dementia Friendly GP … Continue reading

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More Sleep to Avoid Memory Loss? (NHS Choices / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary A further critical appraisal of a dementia-related topic appearing in the news has been issued by the NHS Choices “Behind the Headlines” team. Age-related shrinking in the prefrontal cortex is associated with impairment in the ability of older adults … 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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