Aging

Perceived stress may detrimentally impact oral health which, in turn, may lead to cognitive decline among specific elderly communities, according to two new studies. New research finds connections between oral health in older adults and cognitive function. Oral health can be a surprisingly good indicator of a person’s well-being. Not only can oral diseases reduce
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Muscle fatigue is a symptom that makes it harder to move as normal. Some people experience a dull aching in the muscles. They may also feel constantly tired and lack the energy to perform everyday tasks. Exercise is a common cause of muscle fatigue. Some health conditions can also prompt muscle fatigue, including muscle dystrophy.
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New research examines the associations between migraine and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as related forms of dementia. The study finds that migraine is “a significant risk factor” for Alzheimer’s and all‐cause dementia. Could a history of migraine increase dementia risk? New research suggests so. According to the American Migraine Association, about 36 million people of
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Raspberry ketone, sometimes called rheosmin or frambinone, is the compound that gives raspberries their distinct smell. Some people claim that it also offers health benefits, but there is not yet enough research to confirm this belief. Raspberry ketone supplements have gained popularity on the health food scene as a weight loss aid, despite the lack
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Researchers from Baylor University analyzed combined data from previous studies to identify sleep disturbances in caregivers of dementia patients and determined behavioral interventions that can improve their sleep. The number of adults with dementia is increasing every year causing a respective increase in the number of caregivers of dementia patients. It is estimated that there
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Fish oil is available as a supplement that manufacturers produce from fish. However, the benefits of fish oil are not always clear, and it may have unexpected side effects. Certain fish and the oil from them contain healthful fats that health experts recommend people regularly consume in their diets. The omega-3 fatty acids from fatty
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Scientists have trained an artificial intelligence tool to predict sex and estimate age from electrocardiogram readouts. They suggest that, with further development, the tool could soon be helping doctors to assess the overall health of their patients. One day, an AI-enhanced ECG could estimate a person’s overall health. An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG
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New research finds that eye tracking tests can accurately detect people who have a form of mild cognitive impairment that predisposes them to Alzheimer’s disease. The direction of a person’s gaze can be a telltale sign of cognitive impairment. Alzheimer’s disease often evolves from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) — a small decline in memory and
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Research shows that adults with mild cognitive impairment who practice mindfulness meditation could experience a boost in cognitive reserve. New research suggests that meditation can improve the brain health of older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC, published a paper in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that
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The ability to predict how long someone is likely to live would help doctors tailor treatment plans. A new study looking at biomarkers in the blood concludes that more accurately estimating mortality might soon be possible. Researchers analyze blood in the search for markers of mortality risk. As it stands, doctors can predict mortality within
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Appetite stimulants are medications, supplements, or other substances that increase a person’s feeling of hunger. An appetite stimulant is also known as an orexigenic. Some manufacturers specifically market their medications to increase appetite. Others simply have this as a side effect. Vitamins, minerals, and herbs may also act as orexigenics, as can lifestyle and dietary
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Research clearly shows that increasing physical activity, regardless of intensity, relates to a significantly lower risk of dying. Even light exercise, such as walking, can make a difference. Even taking a simple walk can make a difference to a person’s longevity. Researchers came to this conclusion after analyzing data from published research that had involved
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A new study demonstrates evidence to support a ground-breaking theory for Alzheimer’s disease. What do we know about Alzheimer’s disease? The 2018 World Alzheimer’s report notes that there are now some 50 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease worldwide. Somewhere in the world, a new Alzheimer’s patients is being diagnosed every three seconds (1). The
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Despite decades of research, Alzheimer’s disease still holds many mysteries. A recent study asks whether spontaneous changes to the chemistry of proteins might help explain the neurological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s. A new study looks at the chemistry of Alzheimer’s-related proteins. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia; it currently affects an estimated 5.5
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Researchers are growing increasingly interested in the relationship between blood pressure and dementia. The most recent study investigates how patterns of change in blood pressure over the decades might influence risk. What can blood pressure fluctuations tell us about dementia risk? As the United States population ages, dementia incidence rises in tandem. Today, around 5
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In a recent study, researchers evaluated cardiovascular health at age 50 to determine the prevalence of dementia 20 years later. Pathophysiological markers of dementia can appear as early as fifteen to twenty years before diagnosis. Previous studies have shown that a healthier cardiovascular score is linked to a lower risk of dementia. However, results from
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Most people have occasional lapses in memory, such as forgetting a new acquaintance’s name or misplacing the car keys. Most of the time, this is simply a sign that a person is a bit too busy or is preoccupied. On the other hand, having a consistently poor memory can be problematic for someone. Many factors
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During the International Conference on Nutrition and the Brain, experts were asked to propose possible guidelines for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease with the goal to develop practical guidance to recommend to the general public. Many factors can increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease such as; aging, genetic factors, family history, history of head
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