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Losing teeth as you get older? You could be at greater risk of physical and mental disability

Teeth

We’ve all heard how important it is to practice good dental hygiene in order to not only keep our teeth and gums healthy, but to ward off a variety of health problems and disabilities. However, new research published in a recent edition of the online Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has advised that older people with significant tooth loss are at a ...

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Researchers find way to protect nerve cells from Huntington’s disease

Nerve Cells

A group of researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine believe that they’ve found a way to prevent a rogue protein from initiating energy failure inside the nerve cells of people who have Huntington’s disease. An inherited genetic disorder, Huntington’s is caused when the gene that encodes huntingtin protein becomes mutated. This in turn has a detrimental effect ...

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There’s more to Alzheimer’s than memory loss

Amyloid

While memory loss is one of the key indicators of Alzheimer’s disease, if a physician relies on memory loss to diagnose the disease, it may mean that they miss or disregard other forms of Alzheimer’s that don’t affect the memory in the initial stages. Alzheimer’s disease comes in several forms. Depending on the part of the brain affected, it may ...

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How some older people manage to retain their memory and ability to think

Memory

A new study by researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital has revealed why some older people are able to retain their ability to think and recall memories. By using imaging techniques, the researchers were able to see that so-called ‘super-agers’ had brains which exhibited youthful characteristics normally seen in people in their twenties. While some memory loss is considered to be ...

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Why carrying a little extra fat may help protect against neurodegenerative diseases

brain cells

While we may be well aware that carrying a little extra fat may not be good for our health, we rarely hear of any positive benefits. Now researchers from University of California, Berkeley are suggesting that having a little extra padding may help to protect us from developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. So far, the findings have ...

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Early detection test for Parkinson’s?

Brain Cells

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh have a made a breakthrough which could lead to the development of an early detection test for Parkinson’s disease. By developing a new method for detecting a specific molecule that’s linked to the disease from a small sample of spinal fluid, the team have moved one step closer to helping improve the diagnosis of ...

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Why you should continue to exercise as you get older

Exercise

If you’ve been physically fit throughout your adult life but think it’s time to slow down, or even stop your exercise regime once you get older, it’s time to think again. A new study from the University of Maryland has reported that physically fit older adults experience a significant decrease in blood flow around their brain when they stop exercising ...

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The role of the P62 Protein in Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's patients & carers

As more and more people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it’s becoming increasingly important to find some way to cure or at least slow down its progress. Now, new findings from a study carried out at the Biodesign Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center suggests that the protein, p62, may play a critical role in the development of the disease. The p62 ...

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Why shark fin soup may soon be off the menu

Shark

Researchers from the University of Miami have discovered a high concentration of neurotoxins that can be linked to Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases in 10 species of shark. As a result of their findings, the team have suggested that a restriction on the consumption of shark and products made from shark fins is likely to have positive health benefits for ...

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