Tag Archives: MRI Scans

Transcranial Electromagnetic Treatment in Alzheimer’s Disease: Early Promising Results? (JAD / Bazian)

Summary Transcranial Electromagnetic Treatment (TEMT) for persons with mild / moderate Alzheimer’s Disease, delivered ia a bathing cap-style head device called the MemorEM, appears to bring about various statistically significant improvements without any observable adverse effects. Benefits are said to include: “ …cognitive enhancement, changes to CSF / … Continue reading

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On “SuperAgers”: People Who Avoid Age-Related Memory Problems (BBC News / Journal of Neuroscience / Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience / JINS)

Summary Researchers have been studying “SuperAgers”, and the associated phenomenon of SuperAging, to discover possible physiological and genetic mechanisms behind the fortuitous preservation of superior memory into old age. Full Text Link Reference ‘Super agers’ offer clue to keeping a … Continue reading

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Middle-Age Obesity and Accelerated Brain Ageing (BBC News / Neurobiology of Aging)

Summary Researchers at the Cambridge Centre for Ageing and Neuroscience, examining the loss of white matter in the brains of lean and overweight persons, have discovered that the brains of overweight people tend to resemble those of leaner people who … 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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Possible Link Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Schizophrenia? (BBC News / PNAS)

Summary A “weak spot” in the brain, which may be play some common role(s) underlying both Alzheimer’s Disease and schizophrenia, appears to have been identified using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) brain scans. The brain area in question has been … Continue reading

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Brief Notes on Dementia Diagnosis (NHS England)

Summary A further brief note on dementia diagnosis and post-diagnostic support, from Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia at NHS England. Full Text Link Reference Diagnosing dementia: any appropriately skilled clinician can make the diagnosis and brain scanning not … Continue reading

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More on the Cognitive Reserve Hypothesis (BBC News / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary A small study based at the University of California suggests some people’s brains may have the ability to resist early damage arising in the initial stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. In elderly subjects asked to memorise a series of pictures … Continue reading

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