Slowing down physically may be a dementia warning sign

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JOONDALUP, Australia — Gradually losing muscle strength and mobility is simply a fact of life, as the human body can’t help but deteriorate as decades pass by. Many older and elderly adults find it difficult to perform simple tasks such as getting up, walking, and sitting down. Now, however, researchers from Edith Cowan University say these …

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Dogs with dementia deal with poor sleep — just like humans

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Dogs with dementia experience poor sleep, similar to humans, according to new research. Daytime napping is one of the earliest symptoms in Alzheimer’s patients, along with agitation or confusion around dusk and waking during the night. Now, scientists have discovered a comparable phenomenon in dogs. “Our study is the first to evaluate …

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New iPad app can screen for dementia in under 5 minutes

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EVANSTON, Ill. — It can be annoying to undergo long medical testing. In fact, the thought of doing it is a big reason people don’t try to find answers to their health problems. Northwestern Medicine researchers have come up with a solution, developing an iPad app that can test for several problems — including dementia …

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Inexpensive pill used to treat HIV could cure Alzheimer’s, researchers reveal

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CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom — An inexpensive pill for treating HIV could potentially cure Alzheimer’s, according to new research. The drug maraviroc, marketed under the brand name Selzentry, clears rogue proteins in the brain, thereby preventing dangerous buildup and slowing the progression of the disease. The results are encouraging, since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration …

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Nearly half of concussion patients still have brain injury symptoms 6 months later

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CAMBRIDGE, United Kingdom — Almost half of the individuals who suffer a concussion continue to exhibit symptoms of brain injury six months later, according to new research. This highlights the importance of understanding the long-lasting effects of concussions, even those classified as mild. Scientists assert that even mild concussions can cause long-lasting effects on the brain. …

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