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Postural (Orthostatic) Hypotension and Risk of Dementia? (BBC News / PLoS Medicine / NHS Choices)

Summary It appears that people who experience frequent drops in blood pressure or dizziness when standing up suddenly may be at increased risk of dementia, perhaps due to a decreased flow of blood to the brain. Full Text Link Reference … Continue reading

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Recommended Measures for the Assessment of Cognitive and Physical Performance in Older Patients with Dementia (Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra)

Summary The authors of this systematic review have established a set of recommended neuropsychological and physical exercise tests for researchers by means of which to assess cognition and physical fitness in older patients with dementia. The purpose of this exercise … Continue reading

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Systematic Review of Efficacy, Feasibility, and Cost-Effectiveness of Cognitive Intervention in Alzheimer Disease (Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders)

Summary The authors of this systematic review attempted to evaluate the efficacy of cognitive interventions for patients with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), estimate their feasibility and assess their cost-effectiveness. On the basis of four randomised controlled trials of cognitive intervention it … Continue reading

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Research into White Matter Hyperintensities (Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders Extra)

Summary Two articles from 2012 covering research exploring the possible influence of white matter hyperintensities (WMH) in the brain. Full Text Link (a) Reference Oppedal, K. Aarsland, D. [and] Firbank, MJ. [et al] (2012). White matter hyperintensities in mild lewy … Continue reading

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Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Alzheimer’s Disease: Comparison of Cognitive Decline Cohort Study (UCL)

Summary Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) accounts for 10%-15% of dementia cases and has distinct clinical features associated with earlier institutionalisation and a higher level of carer distress than in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Understanding more about the rate of decline of cognitive … Continue reading

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Omega 3 Fatty Acid for Prevention of Cognitive Decline and Dementia (Cochrane Database / NHS Choices / AHRQ)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 3 Issue 1, August 2012]. Summary Diets high in omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) had recently been suggested in some quarters to help protect people … Continue reading

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Alzheimer’s Brain Damage Reversed by Deep Brain Stimulation? (NHS Choices)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 5, December 2011]. Summary Alzheimer’s Disease could be eased by regular small fleeting pulses of electricity. A small safety trial to test “deep brain … Continue reading

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