Regular internet use may be linked to lower dementia risk in older adults, study says
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(Jen Christensen/ CNN Health) — If your parents or grandparents ask you how to post on Instagram or how to send a birthday message to a Facebook friend, a new study suggests you might want to help them – not just to be nice but because getting them online may help their brain health, too.

A study published Wednesday  …

Study: Long naps could be an Alzheimer’s red flag
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Alzheimer’s first signs may appear in your eyes, study finds
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(Sandee LaMotte/ CBS News) — The eyes are more than a window to the soul — they’re also a reflection of a person’s cognitive health.

“The eye is the window into the brain,” said ophthalmologist Dr. Christine Greer, director of medical education at the Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases  …

Non-drug interventions for Alzheimer’s disease result in better quality of life & save money
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(Emily Henderson/ News Medical Net) — While new drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease tend to receive the most public attention, many well-researched ways to care for people with dementia don’t involve medication. A new evaluation compared the cost-effectiveness of four non-drug interventions to the usual  …

New Alzheimer’s drug hailed for results but comes with risks
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(Shirli Sitbon/France 24) — Experts hailed full data Wednesday showing a new drug can slow cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients, but warned improvements were comparatively small and the treatment can have serious side effects.

Preliminary data from a trial of lecanemab was released in September and found  …

These diet changes could slash your dementia risk by a quarter
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(Shivani Dubey/ Huffington Post UK) — Dementia is one of the most emotionally painful things a person can go through. Not just for the person going through it, but also for their family and loved ones.

But what if we told you that you can reduce the risk of dementia by a whole quarter simply by changing your diet a little?

Get moving, any physical activity improves brain function, study found
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(CBS News) — Get moving.

Any exercise, even as little as once a month, can help preserve mental function and memory.

A major study in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry showed a link between exercise and lower risks of dementia and cognitive decline. While even a little exercise can help, people who exercised  …

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  …

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