Where you live may protect you from dementia

Neighborhoods with opportunities for socialization, physical activity, and intellectual stimulation may help preserve older adults' cognitive health.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Sept. 22, 2021 ~8 min

Algorithm estimates when Alzheimer’s symptoms may appear

A new method can estimate when a person with no cognitive symptoms will start showing signs of Alzheimer's dementia based on a brain scan and age.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University • futurity
Sept. 20, 2021 ~8 min

Socializing gives older adults a cognitive boost

Pleasant socializing on one day results in better cognitive performance the next, finds new research with people 70 to 90 years old.

Katie Bohn-Penn State • futurity
Sept. 20, 2021 ~5 min

Breathing wildfire smoke can affect the brain and sperm, as well as the lungs

Here are some of the ways wildfire smoke particles or the inflammatory signals they cause could reach the brain and what researchers found in the sperm of animals exposed to wildfire smoke.

Adam Schuller, Researcher in Biomolecular Sciences, Boise State University • conversation
Aug. 30, 2021 ~8 min

Good listeners may protect you against cognitive decline

Just having someone who'll listen to you when you need to talk could be a buffer against the effects of age and disease on brain health.

NYU Langone Medical Center • futurity
Aug. 16, 2021 ~7 min

Machine learning plus insights from genetic research shows the workings of cells – and may help develop new drugs for COVID-19 and other diseases

Machine learning is great at finding patterns but doesn’t know what those patterns mean. Combine it with knowledge gained from genetic research and you have a powerful view into the workings of cells.

Jalees Rehman, Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago • conversation
Aug. 6, 2021 ~5 min

Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia

A small increase in levels of fine particle pollution at specific addresses was linked with a greater dementia risk for people living there.

Jake Ellison-U. Washington • futurity
Aug. 5, 2021 ~7 min

Who should pay for new Alzheimer’s drug?

The FDA has approved an expensive drug for Alzheimer's disease called aducanumab, but does it work? And who should pay for it? An expert weighs in.

Stanford • futurity
July 28, 2021 ~11 min

Brain’s “memory center” is needed to recognize image sequences, but not single sights

The visual cortex stores and remembers individual images, but mice can’t recognize image sequences without guidance from the hippocampus.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
July 26, 2021 ~7 min

Memory-making involves extensive DNA breaking

To quickly express learning and memory genes, brain cells snap both strands of DNA in many more places and cell types than previously realized, a new study shows.

David Orenstein | Picower Institute for Learning and Memory • mit
July 14, 2021 ~7 min