Monday, March 19, 2018

Higher Level of Cardiovascular Fitness Decreases Dementia Risk Significantly in Women

A study conducted in Sweden of 191 women ages 38 to 60 found that those with higher stamina or cardiovascular fitness were at an 88% lower risk of developing dementia than those who are moderately fit. The women completed an ergometer cycling test to measure work capacity, in which more and more resistance is added until the test is interrupted (fatigue was reached). Some individuals were unable to complete this and interrupted their test at submax levels. The study was composed of 59 “low fitness”, 92 “medium fitness” and 40 “high fitness” participants.

Monday, March 19, 2018

University of Regina Working to Develop Better Pain Detection Tools for Those Living with Dementia

Researchers from the University of Regina are working to develop cameras that can detect pain for use in long-term care homes. As many residents in long-term care homes have dementia or are non-verbal, they may not be able to articulate when they are in pain. This causes pain and the underlying cause to go undetected, which reduces quality of life and can often lead to aggression or agitation. In addition, the aggression is treated with psychotropic medications, which can mask pain and increase risk of death by falls or stroke.

Monday, March 19, 2018

$10 Million Invested into A Canadian Neuroscience Research Database

The Canadian federal government and Brain Canada have partnered to fund a $10.17 million grant and establish the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP). This platform will be a large database for neuroscience research, including brain imaging, behavioral studies and genetic studies. This will allow Canadian researchers faster access to data and the ability to easily share research with other scholars. Ultimately, CONP was created to enhance research on neurological disorders, including, but not limited to; multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, dementia, stroke, and schizophrenia.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Potential Neurodevelopmental Origin in Alzheimer's Disease

A study from Brazil suggests that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may have origins in neurodevelopment. The study looked at two cohorts of children ages 6 to 14, and found that a genetic risk of Alzheimer’s was associated with lower memory performance in these children. The researchers out of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, express that polygenic risk score for AD and memory decline and lower hippocampal volume is shown in numerous studies in adults but has not been previously explored in children.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Immune Cells: The Key to Fighting Alzheimer's Disease

Medical News Today reports the findings of two studies that identify the role of microglial cells (immune cells of the central nervous system) as potential avenues to prevent or reduce the protein build up telltale of Alzheimer’s disease. Out of the Neuroscience Initiative at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Research Institute, researchers explored the TREM2 receptor found on microglial cells and its potential role in reducing amyloid beta buildup.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Largest Prize in Brain Research Awarded to Alzheimer's Researchers

On March 6th the prestigious Euro Brain Prize was given to four Alzheimer’s disease researchers, promising continued dedication to the disease. The One Million Euro prize is the largest of its kind awarded to brain research worldwide and is a true honour in the field. As the population ages and total number of people with the disease increases, it is a vital time for more research to be done. This prize is a necessary relief to the field in the wake of the drug giant Pfizer dropping funding.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Does Where You Live Affect Your Risk of Developing Dementia?

Researchers from Trinity College Dublin, Ulster University and Maynooth University have found that where you live has an effect on your risk of developing cognitive impairment. The research stated that those living in disadvantaged areas had a greater risk of developing a cognitive impairment. The study examined 5 000 older adults living across Ireland, they determined disadvantaged areas by identifying  socioeconomic indicators of deprivation. The researchers isolated their data by taking into consideration confounding factors that may have skewed the results of the study.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Family History of Alzheimer's: How Does it Affect Your Risk?

Researcher Sylvia Villeneuve from The Douglas Hospital Research Centre in Montreal is investigating the importance of family history in Alzheimer’s disease. The study looked at 101 participants and found that the closer a participant gets to the age at which their parent showed signs of Alzheimer’s the more likely they are to have amyloid plaques. Amyloid plaques are a key characteristic of cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The study explains that the difference between one’s age and their parent’s age of onset is a more important risk factor than just their age.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Ontarian's Rally and Demand the Government to Pass Bill 33: Time to Care Act

On February 27, 2018 Ontario’s unions, long-term care workers, seniors and families of residents rallied together for the passing of Bill 33. Bill 33 or “The Time to Care Act” legislates a minimum care standard of four hours of daily hands-on care for long-term care facilities. Passing this bill will effect 78 000 people living in long-term care homes in Ontario and improve quality of life, not only for residents but for care workers as well. Due to the current minimum care standard, residents are being denied care and workers are forced to rush through their tasks.

Monday, February 26, 2018

International Campaign to Increase Access to Hearing Tests May Lower Dementia Rates

Audika, a global hearing care retailer announced the worldwide launch of an International Campaign for Better Hearing. This stems from a Canadian initiative started in 2014, which offers individuals over 60 years of age a free hearing test and makes hearing aids accessible to those who may not be able to afford them.

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