Brain Disease

Bloomberg: Alzheimer’s Cases Severely Underestimated in Developing Nations

Alzheimer’s cases are greatly underestimated in East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Colombia, researchers said, which may lead to poor policy making and inadequate health-care services. Alzheimer’s Disease International revised their global estimate of people with dementia to 44 million people from 36 million, based on a review of studies presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association […]

Science Daily: Taking B vitamins won’t prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Taking B vitamins doesn’t slow mental decline as we age, nor is it likely to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, conclude researchers who have assembled all the best clinical trial data involving 22,000 people to offer a final answer on this debate. When looking at measures of global cognitive function — or scores for specific mental processes […]

Forbes: Hard Evidence We Can Slow Alzheimer’s By Exercising The Body And The Mind

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most feared diagnoses among patients. It destroys people’s minds, their personalities, the very essence of who they are. And once the disease has been diagnosed, there is nothing modern medicine can do to stop it. But it can be slowed, and a new study presented by researchers at the […]

AP: US Alzheimer’s rate seems to be dropping

The rate of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is falling in the United States and some other rich countries – good news about an epidemic that is still growing simply because more people are living to an old age, new studies show. An American over age 60 today has a 44 percent lower chance of […]

The Varsity: Rise in specific brain protein linked to perimenopausal depression

A recent publication by researchers at the University of Toronto asserts that clinical depression is one of these unwanted symptoms of perimenopause and proposes a contributing factor. Dr. Jeffrey Meyer, associate professor at the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at U of T, led the study, working with other scientists […]

Medical Xpress: Molecular imbalance linked to brain tumor seizures

Researchers in France may have discovered why some patients with a type of brain tumour have epileptic seizures.Their study, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggests that seizures in patients with glioma may be linked to an imbalance of chloride – which is involved in nerve activity – in certain brain cells. Whether a patient has […]

National Geographic: The Sexual Politics of Autism

The sex skew in autism is real: A diagnosis of autism is almost five times more common in 8-year-old boys than in 8-year-old girls, according to the latest statistics from the CDC. But it’s not that simple. Most people don’t realize, for example, that autism’s sex bias changes dramatically depending on the severity of the […]

Alzheimer’s Research UK: Could sense of smell be a clue to early Alzheimer’s?

The first study, by researchers at Harvard Medical School, collected data on 215 healthy people who underwent a smell identification test, along with memory and thinking tests and brain scans for signs of Alzheimer’s. The team reported that a poorer sense of smell was associated with a thinner entorhinal cortex – an area of the […]

NBC News: Worried You May Be Developing Alzheimer’s? Check Your Eyes

People worried they might be developing early signs of Alzheimer’s may be able to ask their eye doctors to have a quick peek during a regular exam, experts reported Sunday. Or they may be able to take a simple smell test. Four studies being presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, strengthen […]

Autism Speaks: Major Medicaid Breakthrough Announced For Autism

In a major victory for Medicaid coverage of autism, a federal agency has directed the states to cover medically necessary treatments for autism for children and young adults, including behavioral health treatments such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). An estimated one-third of all children with autism receive primary coverage through Medicaid. The announcement by the […]