Reading for pleasure strengthens memory in older adults
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(Melinh Lai/ Medical Xpress) — Baseball may be America’s favorite pastime, but in rankings of the most popular hobbies, reading is more consistently ranked highly. It’s not hard to see why: reading is simultaneously engaging and relaxing, and it’s fun to do alone and with friends.

A team of researchers  …

How to know if you have a genetic risk for Alzheimer’s
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(Dana G. Smith/ New York Times) — The actor Chris Hemsworth announced last week that he’s taking a break from acting to focus on his health. The news came after Mr. Hemsworth learned through genetic testing that he has two copies of the APOE4 gene variant, which is associated with increased odds of developing Alzheimer’s   …

Alzheimer’s: Could beer hop compounds help reduce toxic clumps?
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(Annie Lennon/ Medical News Today) — Around 6.5 million Americans aged 65 years and older have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. By 2050, they estimate this figure may reach 12.7 million.

Preventative strategies are key for tackling the condition. Diet is often considered a promising preventive  …

Dementia: Can traffic-related air pollution increase risk?
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(Corrie Pelc/ Medical News Today) — According to recent research, one in 10 Americans ages 65 and older has dementia — a group of diseases that impair the way the brain functions.

Although there is no cure for dementia, scientists have identified 12 modifiable risk factors that   …

Far more women develop Alzheimer’s disease than men. Here’s perhaps why
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(John Anderer/ Study Finds) — Far more women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease than men. In fact, close to two-thirds of the over five million Americans living with the most common form of dementia are female. The reasons behind this gender disparity are still unknown, but one prominent theory states women exhibit  …

Success of experimental Alzheimer’s drug hailed as ‘historic moment’
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(Hannah Devlin/ The Guardian) — An experimental drug has slowed the rate of decline in memory and thinking in people with early Alzheimer’s disease in what is being described as a “historic moment” for dementia treatment.

The cognition of Alzheimer’s patients given the drug, developed by Eisai and Biogen, declined by   …

Brushing, flossing every day may reduce risk of dementia
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(Elizabeth Pratt/ Healthline) — People with poor dental hygiene are 21 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

That’s according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that found that poor oral health as well as tooth loss increased  …

Walk this number of steps each day to cut your risk of dementia
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(Sandee LaMott/ CNN News) — Want to reduce your risk for dementia? Slap on a step counter and start tallying your steps – you’ll need between 3,800 and 9,800 each day to reduce your risk of mental decline, according to a new study.

People between the ages of 40 and 79 who took 9,826 steps per day were 50% less likely to develop dementia  …

Music has benefits for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers
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(Zachary Swegger/ Futurity) — The room transformed as an older woman danced around the skilled nursing care unit to rock ‘n’ roll hits from her youth. Her husband later took her hands and joined her in a two-step tour of the space. First-year Penn State College of Medicine medical student John Bufalini watched in awe as the  …

Thyroid trouble may raise dementia risks
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(Amy Norton/ US News) — Millions of older adults try to manage an underactive thyroid gland with daily medication, but a new study suggests they may still be vulnerable to developing dementia as they age.

Researchers found that among over 15,000 older Taiwanese adults, those who’d been treated for hypothyroidism

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