Posts Tagged ‘University of California’

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Brush Your Teeth: Dental Health Linked To Dementia Risk

People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a U.S. study. Researchers at the University of California who followed nearly 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year-period found that those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day […]

Alzheimer's Disease Affects Younger Elderly

Alzheimer’s Disease ‘More Aggressive’ in ‘Younger Elderly’

New research shows that Alzheimer’s disease hits people in their 60s and 70s harder than people who are 80 years and older. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine note that the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is age. In fact, by the age of 85, the likelihood of developing the […]

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Brain Scan for Alzheimer’s

A recently approved plaque-tracking dye can improve doctors’ ability to identify Alzheimer’s. Beginning next month, doctors can use a brain scan to better diagnose Alzheimer’s. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a fluorescent dye that binds to amyloid plaques, a physical hallmark of the disease, as a diagnostic tool. Currently, doctors cannot be […]

C.T.E. common with Iraq and Afghan veterans

What Happens to Veterans Exposed to Combat Blasts? Evidence Shows Similar Brain Injury as Professional Athletes

Scientists who have studied a degenerative brain disease in athletes have found the same condition in combat veterans exposed to roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, concluding that such explosions injure the brain in ways strikingly similar to tackles and punches. The researchers also discovered what they believe is the mechanism by which explosions damage […]

Late-Life Physical Activity

Study Finds Physical Activity Could Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk

Researchers say a direct link between mental and physical fitness and the prevention of dementia-related diseases hasn’t been found, but recommending more activity can’t hurt. Being physically active may help reduce one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even in older patients, according to a study published online April 18 in Neurology. The study is one of […]

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Pulse Pressure Elevation Could Presage Cerebrovascular Disease In Alzheimer’s Patients

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System have shown that elevated pulse pressure may increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease (CVD) in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Their study has been published in the early online edition of Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease in advance of the […]

Antioxidants May Not Help Alzheimer's Patients

Antioxidants May Not Help Alzheimer’s Patients

Daily use of antioxidants including vitamin C and vitamin E didn’t improve thinking and memory skills in people with Alzheimer’s disease, in a new study. Researchers found that some patients taking antioxidants actually had faster declines in memory over the four-month study compared to those who were given vitamin-free placebo pills. Some reports have suggested […]

Eye Exams May Predict Future Mental Decline

Eye Disease as Marker of Brain Health

Newswise — Women 65 or older who have even mild retinopathy, a disease of blood vessels in the retina, are more likely to have cognitive decline and related vascular changes in the brain, according to a multi-institutional study led by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The findings suggest that a relatively […]

Fish Diet May Prevent Alzheimer's Disease

Diet Rich In Fish May Help The Aging Brain

In a Study, People With Low Levels of Omega-3s Had Smaller Brains and Scored Lower on Memory Tests Eating fish and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids could help people maintain healthy brains as they age, as well as protect their hearts, new research suggests. In a study to be released Tuesday, participants with […]

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3-D Microscopy to Aid in Cell Analysis

The understanding of diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s is set to take a step forward following groundbreaking technology which will enable cell analysis using automated 3D microscopy. An initiative between the Griffith’s School of Information Communication Technology and the Eskitis Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, the technology will allow the automated identification, separation […]