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Mental Fuzziness at Menopause: What You Can Do to Combat It

Some studies report that as many as 60 percent of women notice memory problems at midlife. Here are some steps you can take to guard against cognitive problems. More...

Fast Facts: How Sleeping Aids Can Negatively Affect Cognition

Benzodiazepine-type sedatives, whether short-, intermediate- or long-acting, have been shown to increase the risk of cognitive impairment and delirium in older adults. More...

Pain Common in Those Who Have Dementia

Findings from a recent study suggest that everyday life for older adults with dementia often includes pain— and that it may not be recognized and treated. More...

High Blood Pressure and Dementia: A Closer Look at the Link

Hypertension—commonly known as high blood pressure—is a risk factor for both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. More...

Smoking and Dementia: What You Need to Know

A growing body of scientific research conducted over the last decade suggests a strong connection between smoking and dementia. More...

8 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Nursing Home

The decision to place a family member in a nursing home is often very difficult and may be accompanied by feelings of guilt, sadness and anger. But with thorough research, you should be able to find a suitable facility. More...

Cracking Down on 'Brain-Training' Games

According to a December article in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS), studies have shown that improvement in game playing doesn’t translate to real-life benefits, and the typical time spent training isn’t enough cognitive exertion to prevent or delay dementia. More...

Do You Have Mild Cognitive Impairment?

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) falls somewhere between age-associated memory impairment and early dementia. People with mild cognitive impairment are more forgetful than normal for their age, but they don’t experience other cognitive problems associated with dementia. More...

Using Diet to Reduce Dementia Risk

The MIND (Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet is a dietary eating plan that seems to yield a significant decrease in the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. More...

Alzheimer's and Intimacy: When a Patient Finds a "New Love"

One of the most painful experiences can be realizing that your spouse no longer recognizes you or has formed a relationship with someone else. More...

Symptoms May Predict How Fast Alzheimer's Progresses

Analyses showed that psychosis (delusions and hallucinations), agitation/aggression or any single clinically significant neuropsychiatric symptom was associated with a shorter time to the development of severe Alzheimer’s or death. More...

Preventable Dementia: What is CTE?

CTE has received greater attention recently as more and more athletes—professionals and students—have been found to have it. More...

Antipsychotic Medication Use Puts Dementia Patients at Risk

Antipsychotic medications used to control behavior problems, such as delusions, hallucinations, agitation and aggression, in patients with dementia may increase the risk of death more than was previously realized. More...

Heart Device Linked to Memory Decline

For people with advanced heart failure, left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) can be life prolonging. But for some of them, the cost may be foggier thinking and memory, one study suggests. More...

Study: New Test Simplifies, Speeds Up Dementia Diagnosis

Can a doctor’s response to 10 simple questions about a patient’s symptoms indicate within three minutes whether that patient has Lewy body dementia—a diagnosis that typically takes as long as 18 months to make? A new study appearing in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia suggests it’s possible. More...

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Scientific American White Papers

The Memory White Paper brings you the best and most powerful of the year's memory and mind breakthroughs from leading medical research facilities around the world.

You will discover:

  • An up-to-date listing of medications for treating Alzheimer's.
  • How breathing problems during sleep may be tied to cognitive decline.
  • New findings on how a Mediterranean diet can help stave off memory impairment.
  • Factors that may reduce the impact of genetic risk in Alzheimer's.
  • How behavioral symptoms such as agitation may predict Alzheimer's progression.
  • Simple, low-tech tests for measuring cognitive decline
  • Characteristics that may increase pain in older adults with dementia—and what to do about it.

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