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Diminished Iconic Memory An Early Indicator of Alzheimer’s

The sensory memory for visual stimuli is sometimes known as the iconic memory, the memory for aural stimuli is known as the echoic memory, and that for touch as the haptic memory. In a study on Alzheimer's researchers showed that diminished iconic memory may be an early indicator of an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease.

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Use Your Brain, Halve Your Risk of Dementia

Dementia is the loss of mental abilities and most commonly occurs late in life. Research from the School of Psychiatry at UNSW, led by Dr. Michael Valenzuela, showed that people who kept their brains active, for example, through work, leisure activities, or brain training, had half the risk of suffering dementia.

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Effects of Ginkgo Biloba on Cognitive Functions

Ginkgo biloba is perhaps the most widely used herbal treatment aimed at augmenting cognitive functions — that is, improving memory, learning, alertness, mood and so on. In Europe, ginkgo is an important part of mainstream medicine, with sales accounting for more than 1 percent of all pharmaceutical purchases.

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Exercising Your Brain May Delay Alzheimer’s Disease

In a search for clues to what may delay or prevent Alzheimer's disease, Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists report that smarter, more educated people aren't protected from the disease, but do get a cognitive "head start" that may keep their minds functioning better temporarily.

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Brush Your Teeth and Postpone Alzheimer’s

You don't only avoid holes in your teeth by keeping good oral hygiene, researchers at the University of Bergen have discovered a clear connection between gum disease and Alzheimer's disease.

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Exercise Generates New Neurons, Improves Cognition in Alzheimer’s Mouse

A study finds that neurogenesis -- inducing the production of new neurons -- in the brain structure in which memories are encoded can improve cognitive function in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease.

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Rare Study Shows Weak Brain Nodes Have Strong Influence on Memory Network

Our ability to learn, remember, problem solve, and speak are all cognitive functions related to different parts of our brain. If researchers can identify how those brain parts communicate and exchange information with each other, clinicians and surgeons can better understand how diseases like Alzheimer's and brain cancer affect those cognitive functions.

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Link Between Sleep and Alzheimer’s Explained

A study has shown that disrupting just one night of sleep in healthy, middle-aged adults causes an increase in amyloid beta, a brain protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. And a week of tossing and turning leads to an increase in another brain protein, tau, which has been linked to brain damage in Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases.

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Eating Fish Reduces Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

People who eat baked or broiled fish on a weekly basis may be improving their brain health and reducing their risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease, according to a study presented November 30 at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

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Exercise Your Brain to Boost Your Brain Power

Brain cells communicate with one another via tiny branchlike cells called dendrites. As we age, our ability to form dendrites declines, which is why our memory wanes and we have more difficulty learning new tasks.

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New Scan for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at the National Health Service in the U.K. developed a computer software program that compares a patient’s brain scan with the results of 1,200 other people with the disease. This computer software program is 85 percent accurate for detecting the early signs of dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease...

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