A simple heart scan can predict whether you’ll be at risk for dementia in the next 10 years, research shows

A simple heart scan in old age can predict whether you’ll be at risk for dementia in the next 10 years, study finds 75-year-olds with atrial cardiopathy were 35% more likely to develop dementia Atrial cardiopathy causes ventricular problems that can be detected with scans Researchers tracked diagnoses of dementia in older US adults from … Read more

The best ways to ward off dementia revealed, according to science

It’s finally settled. The best way to protect yourself from dementia is to keep your brain stimulated, one major review suggests. People who regularly read books, play musical instruments, or keep a personal diary are 23 percent less likely to develop the condition. The analysis of dozens of studies involving 2 million middle-aged and older … Read more

Use of ‘chemical cosh’ drugs in dementia patients increased by 50 percent during pandemic, study finds

Prescriptions of dangerous ‘chemical cosh’ drugs for dementia patients in care homes rose 50 percent during pandemic, study finds Antipsychotic prescriptions for dementia patients rose during pandemic Rates rose from 18% in 2018 to 28% this year, despite the dangers of the drugs Charities slammed the ‘shocking and dangerous shell’ the drugs are being distributed … Read more

Social isolation and loneliness have harmful effects on heart and brain health

According to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association, published today in Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access, peer-reviewed journal of the American Heart Association. The statement also identifies the lack of data on interventions that can improve cardiovascular health for people who are socially isolated or lonely. “More than … Read more

‘Intellectually, socially and physically active lifestyle’ may ward off dementia

Learning a new language, volunteering and gardening in middle age are among the activities that may protect against dementia, a study claimed today. Researchers from Brighton and Sussex Medical School said an “intellectually, socially and physically active lifestyle” can keep the memory-depriving condition at bay. The study followed nearly 1,200 Britons over their lifetime to … Read more

First data collection and sharing network for new FDA-approved treatments for Alzheimer’s disease

ALZ-NET is the first network developed specifically for new FDA-approved treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, gathering real-world evidence on drug effectiveness and long-term side effects. The announcement was made today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® (AAIC)®) 2022 in San Diego and virtually. ALZ-NET partner organizations include the American College of Radiology, Critical Path Institute, Department … Read more

DR MICHAEL MOSLEY: A vacation is more than just a break… it can do wonders for your heart

Winding queues to get into an airport, waiting all day to get on a ferry, last minute cancellations, train strikes. The travel chaos that many have experienced so far this summer might dissuade others from going on vacation at all, but I sincerely hope not. Going on vacation isn’t just an opportunity to get away … Read more

Scientists link ultra-processed foods to increased risk of dementia

The study, published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, also found that replacing ultra-processed foods in one’s diet with unprocessed or minimally processed foods was associated with a lower risk. The study doesn’t prove that ultra-processed foods cause dementia, it just shows a link, the researchers … Read more

Newly developed nanobody can penetrate tough brain cells and treat Parkinson’s disease

Proteins called antibodies help the immune system find and attack foreign pathogens. Mini versions of antibodies called nanobodies -; natural compounds in the blood of animals such as llamas and sharks -; are being studied to treat autoimmune diseases and cancer. Now researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have helped develop a nanobody capable of penetrating … Read more