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Benefits of Low-Intensity Activity (Bazian / BMJ / BBC News)

Summary Evidence supports the common-sense view that any type of activity is beneficial for avoiding premature mortality. Conversely, long periods of inactivity and sitting are deleterious to health. Full Text Link Reference ‘Sit less, move more’ may be key advice … Continue reading

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Review of Socially Assistive Robots (Journal of Medical Internet Research)

Summary A recent systematic review of the literature on the uses and efficacy of socially assistive robots (SARs) notes that the limited evidence to date in the field of mental health focuses largely on applications of SARs for elderly persons with dementia. There is … Continue reading

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Healthy Lifestyles May Partially Help Offset Genetic Risk Factors for Dementia (BBC News / JAMA / Bazian)

Summary Persons in the UK Biobank study were followed over time to discover whether pursuing a healthy lifestyle (not smoking, regular physical activity, healthy diet and moderate alcohol consumption) might be associated with lower risk of developing dementia regardless of predisposing genetic risk factors. Statistically, favourable (“healthy”) lifestyles … Continue reading

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Questions Raised About Prescribing Painkillers for Dementia Patients (BBC Radio Four / BBC News)

Summary An investigation into the role of big pharma in the international opioid crisis, from BBC Radio 4, touches upon questions about the ethics and suitability of pain management embedded semi-routinely in care for persons with dementia: Full Audio Link … Continue reading

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Time for a Complete Reset in Alzheimer’s Disease / Dementia Drugs Research: Never Too Late? (BBC News / Brain / NHS Digital)

Summary A new type of dementia, previously misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s Disease, has been discovered to be prevalent in the oldest of old persons. Perhaps a third of elderly people earlier thought to have Alzheimer’s Disease may have had Limbic-predominant age-related … Continue reading

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New Uncertainties Around Irreversible Brain Cell Death Following Oxygen Deprivation? (BBC News / Nature)

Summary Conventional medical wisdom holds that brain cells and working brain circuitry are prone to irreversible damage following merely minutes of interrupted blood flow and disrupted oxygen supply. Researchers at Yale University used an extracorporeal pulsatile-perfusion system to restore circulation in … Continue reading

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Precise Transcranial Brain Stimulation Improves Working Memory? (BBC News / Nature Neuroscience)

Summary Working memory (short-term memory) declines with age, but it appears that a new technique involving transcranial brain stimulation may have some potential for helping to restore working memory to levels typical of more youthful individuals. “The results provide insight … Continue reading

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Eye Tests for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease? (NHS Digital / Ophthalmology Retina)

Summary Further discussion about the possibilities of using inexpensive eye tests to detect Alzheimer’s Disease, perhaps years before symptoms appear. This particular technique involves the examination of blood vessels and blood flow in the retina, as detected by Octa (Optical … Continue reading

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Pseudomedicine and Potential Dementia Treatments? (JAMA)

Summary A United States perspective covers the growing market for complementary interventions to promote brain health or minimise dementia risk and/or symptoms. Health professionals are requested to help the public understand commercial conflicts of interest and the market forces behind … Continue reading

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More on Possible Blood Tests for Pre-Symptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease (NHS Digital / Nature Medicine)

Summary People with a rare hereditary form of Alzheimer’s Disease (Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Disease) have raised levels of a protein called neurofilament light chain (NfC) in their blood, arising from damage to previously healthy nerve cells. These elevated levels of … Continue reading

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