Dementia is a serious loss of global cognitive ability in a previously unimpaired person, beyond what might be expected from normal aging. It may be static, the result of a unique global brain injury, or progressive, resulting in long-term decline due to damage or disease in the body. Dementia is not a single disease, but rather a non-specific illness syndrome in which affected areas of cognition may be memory, attention, language, and problem solving.
By Lizette Borreli | May 15, 2013 09:42 AM EDT
High-quality health care decreases as elderly abuse continues in nursing homes.
By Susan Scutti | May 14, 2013 02:47 PM EDT
In a study by The Washington University School of Medicine, researchers analyzed markers in the brain and cerebrospinal fluid to test their capacity to predict Alzheimer's.
By Matthew Mientka | May 12, 2013 12:17 PM EDT
Deaths from neurological disease has jumped dramatically among Westerners, particularly Americans, during the past 30 years, new research shows.
By Christie Rizk | May 10, 2013 12:15 AM EDT
Researchers use small doses of a leukemia drug to treat neurodegenerative diseases in a new study.
By Christie Rizk | May 02, 2013 05:06 PM EDT
NIH researchers used Botox and other similar toxins to examine how brain cells communicate, and discover a new function for a group of proteins called SNARES.
By Ansa Varughese | May 01, 2013 11:56 AM EDT
General anesthesia during surgery does not put the elderly at risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
By Cindy del Rosario | Apr 29, 2013 08:56 PM EDT
People who followed the Mediterranean diet were less likely to experience a slide in memory.
By Ansa Varughese | Apr 29, 2013 01:45 PM EDT
British officials warn hospitals that nearly 1,000 people with the human variant of mad cow disease could die because of mad cow infected blood transfusions.
By Susan Scutti | Apr 22, 2013 12:23 PM EDT
The translation of human embryonic stem cells into nerve cells helped mice regain cognitive abilities.
By Susan Scutti | Apr 22, 2013 10:42 AM EDT
Long touted as an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber as well as possessing properties that fight inflammation, berries may soon add the ability to improve cognitive functions to their list of benefits.
By Ashik Siddique | Apr 12, 2013 08:48 PM EDT
A new study explains how cocoa compounds fight the neuronal cell death that leads to Alzheimer's disease and dementia, on a molecular level in the brain.
By Ansa Varughese | Apr 10, 2013 04:06 PM EDT
By applying a special gel, scientists can get high resolution images of nerve cells and may no longer need to slice up brain tissue to study diseases.
By Ansa Varughese | Apr 10, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
Blacks expressing a variant of a certain gene have a twofold risk of getting late-onset Alzheimer's disease.
By Ansa Varughese | Apr 09, 2013 06:05 PM EDT
New study claims the ingredient in red wine with anti-aging properties would not work for obese individuals.
By Jonathan Weiss | Apr 04, 2013 03:23 PM EDT
A recent report stated that dementia care costs currently eclipse the costs of cancer or heart disease. But a closer look at the data tells another story.