What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Dementia is a syndrome while Alzheimer’s is a disease. More key differences between the two after the jump.

Over one third of all dementia cases could be prevented by actions that begin in childhood

Dementia is not inevitable. Staying healthy is the first step to challenge it.

‘Wonder drugs’ might prevent all forms of dementia. One of the drugs is already safe for humans

The drugs were manufactured to treat different conditions but they also seem to block an important pathway linked to brain cell death.

Sleeping more than 9 hours a night may put you at risk of developing dementia at old age

Previously, lack of sleep was associated with dementia. Now, we learn too much sleep can have similar consequences.

Living near a crowded street seems to increase dementia risk

Move away from the busy roads.

Frequent sauna seems to protect from dementia and Alzheimer’s, new study shows

Finnish people sure love their sauna – and there could be a good reason for that.

Mars-bound astronauts face risk of dementia from brain damaging cosmic rays

Talk about a space headache.

Alzheimer’s disease connected to reduced pain perception

Yet another damaging effect has been found to stem from the progressive form of dementia.

Regularly exercising reduces risk of dementia by 40%

We’ve all read and heard about how exercise can dramatically boost our quality of living, but how many people actually take action? Very few. Less than 20% of Americans over the age of 18 meet the official recommended guidelines. This is really alarming, because what most people don’t know is that mild exercising has fantastic returns, similarly to the 20/80 rule

Cynics are thrice as likely to develop dementia

Optimists make the most of life? A new study has shown that cynics are much more likely to develop dementia in later stages of life. Cynicism is an attitude of scornful or jaded negativity, especially a general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others. Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio have conducted a study on 1,449 individuals aged 71

Improving the Quality of Life for People with Dementia

Caring for a loved one who suffers from dementia is demanding. It often seems like a losing battle too. One thing that caregivers often fail to do is to consider things from the dementia sufferer’s perspective. That’s not to say that it’s easy. Erratic behaviour, miscommunication and other everyday occurrences can quickly erode the patience of just about anyone. Instead

Slow walker? You might just get dementia

The speed at which someone walks and the likelihood of dementia don’t have absolutely anything in common at a first glance, but according to a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2009 there is a ‘strong association’ between the two. They also said at a conference that grip strength in middle-aged men was linked to the likelihood of

An unhealthy lifestyle leads to brain shrinkage later on, study says

The latin phrase “mens sana in corpore sano” has been put to the test by researchers who wanted to study what kind of repercussions an unhealthy lifestyle has on the mind. What they found was a dramatic increase in brain damage and dementia cases among subjects who have experienced high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and obesity in middle age. The study,

Remember and forget at the flick of a button

A team of neuro-scientists have managed to restore lost memories to rats by activating a part of their brains through an artificial memory chip – just like a sort of neuro-prosthesis. Further advances backed by this study might lead to the development of important leaps in long-term memory treatment, providing relief for Alzheimer or dementia patients. Researchers from Wake Forest

Obesity linked to dementia, study says

According to a recently published study reported by Swedish scientists, people who are obese and middle aged are up to four times more likely do develop dementia than people of normal weight. Published in the journal Neurology, the research was conducted 8,534 Swedish twins over the age of 65, of which data showed that 350 had been diagnosed with Alzheimer