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Dementia

Can high blood sugar lead to dementia?

A Swedish study indicates that type 2 diabetics who fail to control their blood sugar levels properly run a higher risk of developing dementia. A Norwegian scientist thinks the Swedes might be jumping the gun.

Can cortisol indicate dementia?

High levels of the stress hormone cortisol could indicate memory problems in the elderly, but scientists do not know why.

Finding a good home for dementia sufferers

Small serviced housing projects and dementia villages might provide a more normal life for dementia patients than nursing homes and institutions?

Documenting how dementia sufferers benefit from GPS

A new study of 200 dementia sufferers in Norway reveals that almost all experience greater peace of mind and do more physical activity when using GPS devices.

Regular exercise slows the progress of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's grip on the brain and the mind is halted by exercise, new study shows.

How the brain connects words and smells

Scientists have discovered the parts of the brain that are used to recognize smells. With new imaging technology, scientists can observe activity in the brain.

Relatives of patients with dementia need support, understanding

When a person with dementia is placed in a nursing home, those who are left at home often become lonely and depressed. The health care system needs to be aware of the needs of these family members, too, researchers say.

Midlife overweightness linked to higher dementia risks

The more overweight you are as an adult, the greater your chances of being diagnosed with some form of dementia after the age of 65, according to a meta-study.

Low education makes the brain age faster

Mental capacity and IQ deteriorate much faster for people with less education than others, study reveals. The findings provide new insight into the development of dementia.

Elderly with dementia perceive nursing homes as prisons

Nursing home residents with dementia feel disempowered, and yearn to return home.