Behavioral & Cognitive Disorders News


Aug 14, 2017
Brain scan study adds to evidence that lower brain serotonin levels are linked to dementia
Study results suggest serotonin loss may be a key player in cognitive decline, not just a side-effect of Alzheimer's disease.
Aug 09, 2017
MRI reveals striking brain differences in people with genetic autism
Researchers have identified structural abnormalities in the brains of people with one of the most common genetic causes of autism. The abnormalities visible on brain images corresponded to cognitive and behavioral impairments in the study group, suggesting a future role for imaging in identifying people with autism who are in most urgent need of intervention.
Jul 28, 2017
Dementia: New substance improves brain function
A team at the Technical University of Munich has recently demonstrated that BACE inhibitor reduces the amount of amyloid beta in the brain.
Jul 13, 2017
Researchers investigate possible link between carnitine deficiency and autism
Lack of carnitine, a nutrient needed for the normal development and workings of the brain, the liver, the heart, and other muscles, might be involved in triggering mild forms of autism.
Jun 23, 2017
Anti-epilepsy drug restores normal brain activity in mild Alzheimer disease
Feasibility study carried out by clinician-scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests suppressing seizure-like activity may help patients with mild Alzheimer disease. The research was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
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.
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