Investigators examining biomarkers for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have zeroed in on dual-task gait testing, a tool that involves walking while simultaneously performing a cognitive challenge, as a means to detect patients with MCI, who are at high risk of dementia. Early diagnosis provides an opportunity for early intervention, improved guidance for care givers
Within the health community, the use of medical marijuana is controversial. Recently, a German-Israeli research team found evidence that small, controlled amounts of the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, improved cognitive function and memory in older mice. Dementia is a general term used to describe cognitive decline in older people caused by damage to
Music therapy is a promising tool in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. A new course offered by Ithaca College and a student organization provide music therapy to local nursing home residents. With so much enthusiasm for the course and organization, Ithaca College may start offering a Music as Medicine major or minor.
Amyloid accumulation in the brain precedes the onset of dementia symptoms. The combined results of blood folate levels and blood cell hemoglobin determined through a blood test may be an accurate measure of amyloid deposits in the brain. A protein known as apolipoprotein E (APOE) is associated with some forms of Alzheimer’s disease (AD),
A new study published in Neuropsychologia investigates the brain areas responsible for memory loss seen in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. It has been well established in dementia patients that autobiographical memory (ABM) retrieval, the ability to remember information about yourself and personal experiences during the course of your lifetime, is compromised due to
A recently published study investigated whether low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol may have a causal relationship with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia. Cholesterol serves as a component in the myelin sheath, a protective layer for neurons. Patients taking drugs that lower levels of cholesterol, such as statins, may be at risk of developing neurological