‘Good’ cholesterol may decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s disease
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(Jessica Norris/ Medical News Today) — Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating condition that primarily affects older adults. People who have it can become forgetful and become unable to carry out tasks of daily living. Currently, the disorder has no cure. Researchers are still trying to understand how the disease develops,  …

Early menopause may raise risk of dementia later in life
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(Science Daily) — Compared with women who enter menopause around age 50, women who experience very early menopause (before the age of 40) were found to be 35% more likely to develop some type of dementia later in life, according to a large study of women living in the United Kingdom.

Women who entered menopause before age 45  …

Indigenous Amazonians have just 1% dementia rates. Why?
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(David Nield/ Science Alert) — We know about the devastating effect that Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia can have on people – but what’s less clear is how they get started in the brain and what can be done to cure them or prevent them from happening in the first place.

Some clues could be found amongst  …

Dementia linked to premature menopause for women, study says
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(Sandee LaMotte/CNN) — Entering menopause before age 40 is linked to a 35% higher risk of developing dementia later in life, a preliminary study finds.

Premature menopause, as it is called, occurs when a woman’s ovaries stop creating hormones and the menstrual cycle ends by age 40. That’s about a dozen years  …

The Wordle craze: Why do we love puzzles, and are they good for our brains?
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(Penny Pexman/ The Conversation) — In recent weeks, a web-based word puzzle called Wordle has become a popular daily distraction. Suddenly, millions of people are focused on their vocabulary of five-letter words, and are newly aware of concepts like letter frequency and letter position as they strategize about the best  …

More olive oil may bring longer life, study reveals
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(Denise Mann/ Health Today) — Swapping out the butter or other artery-clogging fats in your diet for heart-healthy olive oil may add years to your life, researchers say.

Folks who consume more than 1/2 a tablespoon of olive oil a day are less likely to die from heart disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases like  …

Physical activity might help mend people with Alzheimer’s disease
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(Manuela Callari/ Cosmos) — It’s no real surprise that an active lifestyle is beneficial for people with Alzheimer’s disease. But researchers from the University of California have now added another piece to the puzzle in understanding how physical activity improves brain health and helps people with Alzheimer’s  …

The UK rolls out a new 5-minute AI Alzheimer’s test
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(Simone Spichack/ Being Patient) – – Time is of the essence when it comes to Alzheimer’s — early diagnosis provides more time to intervene and slow its progress. Current technology is expensive and time-consuming, but a number of faster tests are in the pipeline. Some of those leverage artificial intelligence,   …

Eye conditions may increase risk of dementia
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(Dave Yasvinski/ Healthing) — The eyes aren’t just windows to the soul, they may also offer a glimpse of the future, according to a new study that links ocular issues to a rising risk of dementia.

The research, published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology , found that age-related macular degeneration,  …

More than 41 million dementia cases globally are undiagnosed
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(Andrew Gregory, Linda Geddes/ The Guardian) — More than 41 million people living with dementia worldwide have not yet been diagnosed, according to a report by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).

Experts say getting diagnosed with the disease is vital, enabling those affected to receive support and treatment,  …

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