Population of Americans with Alzheimer’s will more than double by 2060

47 million Americans already demonstrate some evidence of susceptibility to the disease. About 15 million Americans will have either Alzheimer’s dementia or mild cognitive impairment by 2060, up from approximately 6.08 million this year, according to a new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The findings highlight the need to […]

People with dementia fail to get specialist care despite great need

People suffering in the late stages of dementia receive most of their healthcare from GPs or emergency services rather than from specialist health care professionals, despite them having complex needs, researchers at UCL have found. While those with advanced dementia often suffered chronic pain and psychiatric symptoms that persisted over many months, they had little […]

Study: Low Serotonin Levels Linked to Dementia

Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine Summary: In a study looking at brain scans of people with mild loss of thought and memory ability, researchers report evidence of lower levels of the serotonin transporter — a natural brain chemical that regulates mood, sleep and appetite. A brain showing decreases of serotonin transporters (blue) in the whole mild […]

Are Friends Better for us than Family?

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The power of friendship gets stronger with age and may even be more important than family relationships, indicates new research by a Michigan State University scholar. In a pair of studies involving nearly 280,000 people, William Chopik found that friendships become increasingly important to one’s happiness and health across the lifespan. […]

Alzheimer’s begins before symptoms appear

Alzheimer’s disease begins destroying the brain years before mental deterioration is detected, a new study suggests. This finding means there could be twice the number of people with the neurodegenerative disease in the United States — and worldwide — as currently believed. Cognitively normal individuals who had elevated levels of a toxic brain protein called […]

Alzheimer’s disease likely not caused by low body mass index

A new large-scale genetic study found that low body mass index (BMI) is likely not a causal risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease, as earlier research had suggested, according to a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. “Although prior studies found an association between Alzheimer’s disease and low BMI, the […]