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Identifying typical patterns in the progression towards Alzheimer’s disease

How the brain progresses from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer’s-type dementia has been an enigma for the scientific community. However, a recent study by the team of Dr. Sylvie Belleville, PhD, Director of the Research Centre at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (Montreal Geriatric Institute) and Professor of Psychology at Université de [...]

Study suggests improving blood sugar control could help prevent dementia in patients with type 2 diabetes

A study of 350,000 patients with type 2 diabetes shows that those with poor blood sugar control have 50% higher risk of being admitted to hospital in future for dementia as those with good control. The research, which suggests improving blood sugar control could prevent many cases of dementia, is by Dr Aidin Rawshani, National [...]

Post-stroke protein linked with dementia: increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease following attack

A protein strongly linked with the increased risk of dementia in stroke patients could hold the key to developing an antibody. Healthcare scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University have identified a protein that is released in large amounts following a stroke and has a direct influence on neurodegeneration. It is known that patients who suffer a [...]

Accuracy of dementia brain imaging must improve

MRI scans and other tools to detect and diagnose dementia are helpful but not definitive – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A report published in The Lancet Neurology evaluates for the first time how well different types of brain imaging tests work to detect Alzheimer’s and predict how the disease [...]

New study indicates ankle-brachial index associated with mild cognitive impairment

In a large population-based study of randomly selected participants in Germany, researchers found that mild cognitive impairment (MCI) occurred significantly more often in individuals diagnosed with a lower ankle brachial index (ABI), which is a marker of generalized atherosclerosis and thus cumulative exposure to cardiovascular risk factors during lifetime. Interestingly, this strong association was only [...]