Behavioral & Cognitive Disorders News

Jun 22, 2017
Proton pump inhibitors do not contribute to dementia or Alzheimer disease
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society finds a decreased risk of cognitive decline among the people who used Proton pump inhibitors regularly, as well as among people who used them occasionally. The researchers cautioned, however, that clinical trials are needed to confirm the findings.
Jun 09, 2017
New international guidelines issued on dementia with Lewy bodies
The international Dementia with Lewy Bodies Consortium has issued new guidelines about diagnosing and treating the disease and called for more clinical trials into the illness. The previous consensus guidelines were published in 2005. The updated clinical criteria and associated biomarkers hopefully will lead to earlier and more accurate diagnosis.
Jun 02, 2017
Uncovering why playing a musical instrument can protect brain health
A recent study conducted at Baycrest Health Sciences has uncovered a crucial piece into why playing a musical instrument can help older adults retain their listening skills and ward off age-related cognitive declines. This finding could lead to the development of brain rehabilitation interventions through musical training.
May 23, 2017
Researchers suggest dual gait testing as early predictor of dementia
Study results published in JAMA Neurology reveal a 'motor signature' of cognitive impairment that can be used to help predict dementia. Researchers found that motion testing while simultaneously performing a cognitively demanding task can be an effective predictor of progression to dementia.
May 19, 2017
Can omega-3 help prevent Alzheimer disease? SPECT imaging shows possible link
A new article published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease reports statistically significant relationships between the Omega-3 index, regional perfusion on brain SPECT in areas involved with memory, and neurocognitive testing.
May 16, 2017
Spread of tau protein measured in the brains of Alzheimer patients
Study results show that the size of the tau deposit and the speed of its spread differ from one individual to the next, and that large amounts of tau in the brain can be linked to episodic memory impairment.
May 12, 2017
Dementia-related brain changes observed before memory or thinking problems are noticeable
Scientists have discovered a potential brain imaging predictor for dementia, which illustrates that changes to the brain's structure -- less brain tissue in the the anterolateral entorhinal -- may occur years prior to a diagnosis, even before individuals notice their own memory problems.
May 09, 2017
Study finds low body mass index is not a causal risk factor for Alzheimer disease
A new large-scale genetic study found that low body mass index is likely not a causal risk factor for Alzheimer disease, as earlier research had suggested, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
May 08, 2017
Shortage of progranulin is a frequent cause of frontotemporal dementia
Study findings published in Human Molecular Genetics suggest that dysfunction of lysosomal enzymes such as cathepsin D can contribute to neuronal dysfunction caused by progranulin deficiency in diseases such as frontotemporal dementia.
May 01, 2017
Brain tissue structure could explain link between fitness and memory
A new study by University of Illinois researchers published in NeuroImage suggests that the viscoelasticity of the hippocampus may be the mediating factor in the relationship between fitness and memory in healthy young adults.
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