Dementia is a progressive, degenerative disease of the brain that affects more than 5 million people in the United States alone. In Canada, there are currently over 500,000 people living with dementia. Though it can’t be cured, there are promising advances in dementia research that could lead to better treatments or even cures for this disease. Here are some of those advances:
A new study shows that meditation, even for just a few minutes a day, can help to reduce stress, anxiety and depression in people who have dementia.
Meditation can help to reduce stress, anxiety and depression in people with dementia.
A new study has found that meditation, even for just a few minutes a day, can help to reduce stress, anxiety and depression in people who have dementia. Meditation is also known to improve memory and concentration as well as sleep quality.
Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool to detect cognitive impairment in people with dementia.
Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool to detect cognitive impairment in people with dementia. The system can be used to track changes in cognition over time, which could help doctors monitor the progression of the disease and determine whether treatments are working.
The researchers tested their algorithm on data from more than 100 studies involving more than 5,000 participants without dementia, as well as people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or Alzheimer’s disease who had agreed to participate in clinical trials for new drugs intended to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The results were published June 22nd in Nature Medicine.
Scientists are studying the effects of medical marijuana on Dementia.
Researchers are studying the effects of medical marijuana on Dementia. It has been shown to be effective in treating some symptoms of dementia, such as pain and agitation. However, it is not a cure for the disease and does not prevent further cognitive decline.
Medical marijuana is legal in some countries but not all; you should check with your doctor before using it if you have any concerns about side effects or interactions with other drugs that you are taking at the time.
Researchers have discovered a brain protein that could be linked to memory loss in older people with dementia.
Researchers have discovered a brain protein that could be linked to memory loss in older people with dementia. The protein is called amyloid-beta, and it’s linked to Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common cause of dementia.
The discovery comes from an international team of scientists who analyzed brain tissue samples from people who had died at age 80 or older without any signs of cognitive impairment or dementia. They found amyloid plaques in about half of those samples–and not just in Alzheimer’s patients. This suggests that these abnormal proteins may be present even before symptoms appear, which could lead to better treatments for memory loss as well as other forms of mental decline later on in life
There are many promising advances in dementia research
Dementia is a growing problem, with an estimated 50 million people living with the disease worldwide. It’s also a serious brain disease that affects memory and thinking. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia; other causes include stroke, Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia (a type of progressive degeneration).
Dementia can strike at any age but it becomes more common as we get older: half of those aged 85 years or over have some form of cognitive impairment due to dementia or another health condition like depression or hearing loss that makes it harder for them to communicate effectively with others around them
We are seeing a lot of promising advances in dementia research. There is still much to be done, but there is also reason to be optimistic as we move forward with this important work.