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Monday, December 21, 2015

Alzheimer disease can be detected through a new computerized linguistic approach

Researchers have discovered how to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with more than 82% accuracy by assessing the interaction between four linguistic factors and developing automated technology to detect these language impairments. The method and automated application of the assessment is shown to be more accurate than the initial assessment tool used by health-care professionals today. The study, led by Dr.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Singing is cognitively and emotionally beneficial especially in the early stages of dementia

Dr. Teppo Särkämö and his team from the University of Helsinki, Finland have found that care partner-implemented musical leisure activities, specifically singing, are beneficial for cognition and emotion especially in the early stages of dementia. The findings could improve dementia care and better adopt the use of music in various stages of dementia. The researchers aimed to determine how different clinical and demographic factors relate to the specific cognitive and emotional effects of either singing or listening to familiar music and in doing so, discover who benefits most from music.

Monday, December 21, 2015

New program to advance the study of people at varying degrees of genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) launched GeneMatch, a new program that identifies people interested in participating in Alzheimer’s disease research studies based in part on their APOE genotype. The APOE gene is widely recognized as a genetic risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. GeneMatch plays an important role in the future of Alzheimer’s prevention research as it can potentially increase recruitment to help in the discovery of treatments that may prevent or delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Aspirin may help treat Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease

A team of researchers from the Boyce Thompson Institute and John Hopkins University found that a salicylic acid, a main component of aspirin may be effective in helping treat neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. They discovered that salicylic acid attaches itself to an enzyme that is important for energy production in the body, Glyceraldehyde 3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (GAPDH). However, when there is a surplus of free radicals, GAPDH becomes altered and enters the cell in the body.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Antidepressant medication protects against compounds that can cause dementia

Stress and depression work together in a vicious cycle. In vulnerable individuals, stress can cause depression. In turn, depression can lead to stress if left untreated. The body’s immune system, including the inflammatory response, is activated to fight against stress and depression. At first, this protects against stress, but long term chronic inflammation can lead to various health issues.

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