How COVID-19 might increase risk of memory loss and cognitive decline

Many patients suffering from COVID-19 exhibit neurological symptoms, from loss of smell to delirium to a higher risk of stroke. Down the road, will COVID-19 survivors face a wave of cognitive issues?

Natalie C. Tronson, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Michigan • conversation
Aug. 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  alzheimers-disease  covid-19  coronavirus  inflammation  immune-system  dementia  memory  pandemic  pneumonia  cognitive-decline  flu-shot

The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults

The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.

Martin J. Sliwinski, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic aging elderly isolation seniors touch social-isolation living-longer-2020 living-longer cognitive-decline living-alone

Blood test could signal Alzheimer’s in advance

Detecting a specific kind of protein in a blood test could help diagnose Alzheimer's disease far before symptoms begin to appear, reasearchers say.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
July 31, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease biomarkers blood featured health-and-medicine medical-tests

The importance of blood tests for Alzheimer's: 2 neuroscientists explain the recent findings

A blood test to detect Alzheimer's disease in people who have symptoms and even those who don't has been shown to work. Scientists still need to improve its accuracy rate to almost 100%, however.

Todd Golde, Director, Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute Director, 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Professor, Department of Neuroscience, College of Medicine University of Florida, University of Florida • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease living-longer-2020

9/11 first responder brains are 10 years ‘older’ than normal

First responders who were at the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001 are at risk of developing dementia, two new studies show.

Cassandra Genua-Stony Brook • futurity
July 28, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease dementia brains ptsd health-and-medicine 911

Why people with Alzheimer’s may lose their way

A new study clarifies spatial memory loss, such as losing objects or getting lost, among people with Alzheimer's disease.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
July 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease memory aging brains health-and-medicine

‘Barcode’ IDs special glial cells in the brain

"...this discovery could be of immense consequence for treating a myriad of brain conditions..."

Brian Clark-Brown • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease neurons als aging brains muscles health-and-medicine glial-cells neurodegenerative-diseases

Brain scans offer clues to memory trouble

Brain scans reveal differences among healthy older adults' ability to recall memories. New research digs into what causes the variations.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease memory brains older-adults health-and-medicine

Are retina layers early warning for Alzheimer’s disease?

Research with mice shows a new imaging technique could help spot early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease by looking at the retina.

Ken Kingery-Duke • futurity
May 26, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease retina biomarkers eyes health-and-medicine

Antibody designed to recognise pathogens of Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers have found a way to design an antibody that can identify the toxic particles that destroy healthy brain cells – a potential advance in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease chemistry neuroscience dementia

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