Air pollution may contribute to Alzheimer’s and dementia risk – here's what we're learning from brain scans

The tiny air pollutants known as PM2.5, emitted by vehicles, factories and power plants, aren’t just a hazard for lungs. A study finds more brain shrinkage in older women exposed to pollution.

Jiu-Chiuan Chen, Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California • conversation
Jan. 5, 2021 ~7 min

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Dementia deaths rise during the summer of COVID, leading to concern

New statistics show that people with dementia have been particularly vulnerable during the pandemic.

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, Associate Professor Medicine, Geriatrics, University of Virginia • conversation
Oct. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Does forgetting a name or word mean that I have dementia?

September is Alzheimer's Awareness Month and therefore a good time to talk about dementia. Alzheimer's is the most common dementia, but there are others to be aware of, a gerontologist explains.

Laurie Archbald-Pannone, Associate Professor Medicine, Geriatrics, University of Virginia • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~9 min

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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

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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

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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

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MicroRNAs: the 'junk' genetic material with huge potential to fight cancer and dementia

Tiny parts of our genome once thought useless are being turned into ways to diagnose and treat disease.

Alice Godden, PhD Candidate in Developmental Biology, University of East Anglia • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~6 min

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Dementia: eating plenty of apples, berries and tea linked to lower risk – new research

Foods rich in flavonoids (such as apples, berries, or tea) are important for cognitive health, research suggests.

Keith Morris, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Biostatistics, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

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Alzheimer's and dementia: eating plenty of apples, berries and tea linked to lower risk – new research

Foods rich in flavonoids (such as apples, berries, or tea) are important for cognitive health, research suggests.

Keith Morris, Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Biostatistics, Cardiff Metropolitan University • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~7 min

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