Tag Archives: White Matter Hyperintensities

Blood Pressure in Early Middle Age Linked to Vascular Dementia Risk (BBC News / Lancet Neurology)

Summary Epidemiological research indicates that high blood pressure in early mid-life (i.e. people in their 30s and 40s) is associated with blood vessel damage, brain shrinkage and vascular dementia risk in later life. Full Text Link Reference High blood pressure … Continue reading

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Cardiovascular Health in Old Age Associated With Reduced Risk of Cognitive Decline and Dementia (NHS Choices / JAMA)

Summary Fresh evidence from France suggests that favourable cardiovascular health metrics – measured using the American Heart Association (AHA)’s Life’s Simple 7 Metrics tool – and higher cardiovascular health scores, are associated with a lower risk of developing dementia and … Continue reading

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Air Pollution and Risk of Dementia (The Telegraph / Stroke / BBC News / RCP / Environmental Research)

Summary Research suggests that middle-aged and older adults living in towns and cities may be prone to an increased risk of brain shrinkage and silent strokes, both of which have been linked to dementia. The study of over 900 adults … Continue reading

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Cognitive and Neuroimaging Predictors of Progression from Mild Cognitive Impairment to Dementia (NHS Choices / Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease)

Summary The detection of pre-clinical Alzheimer’s Disease appears to be accomplished best by the use of a combination of information, taken from targeted neuroimaging and complementary neuropsychological assessments of cognitive functioning. This combination of approaches may be necessary in order to … 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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MRI Versus CT Brain Imaging Compared (BMC Neurology)

Summary The ability to identify the underlying causes of dementia has the potential to enable the provision of the most appropriate treatment(s) and possibly (one day) slow or halt progression of the disease. This systematic review and meta-analysis compares the … Continue reading

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The Best of the Rest: Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (November 2010)

Summary Each month a wide range of systematic reviews and meta-analyses are examined in the process of compiling the “Dementia: the Latest Evidence” newsletter. It is impractical to include all of these in any given month’s newsletter. Here is a brief listing … Continue reading

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