Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention: New Journal Article Highlights Benefits of Meditation and Spiritual Fitness

July 27, 2015 - Meditation and spiritual fitness are key components in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease according to a new article, “Stress, Meditation, and Alzheimer’s Prevention: Where the Evidence Stands”, published in an early online version of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 48(1). The print edition is scheduled to be published in August. More...

July 27, 2015

New Study Indicates Ankle-Brachial Index Associated with Mild Cognitive Impairment

According to a population-based study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

July 23, 2015 - In a large population-based study of randomly selected participants in Germany, researchers found that mild cognitive impairment (MCI) occurred significantly more often in individuals diagnosed with a lower ankle brachial index (ABI), which is a marker of generalized atherosclerosis and thus cumulative exposure to cardiovascular risk factors during lifetime. Interestingly, this strong association was only observed in patients with non-amnestic MCI, but not amnestic MCI. There also was no independent association of MCI and intima media thickness (IMT) or coronary artery calcification (CAC), two other surrogate markers of cardiovascular risk. Examination of differences by gender revealed a stronger association of a decreasing ABI with non-amnestic MCI in women. This study is published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. More...

July 23, 2015

Midlife High Blood Pressure May Negatively Impact the Brain Years Later

July 17, 2015 - Having high blood pressure in your 50’s may impact your ability to keep track or plan ahead in your 80’s. More...

July 17, 2015

Affordable, Non-Invasive Test May Detect Who is Most at Risk for Alzheimer’s

July 17, 2015 - Individuals with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) are at twice the risk of others in their age group of progressing to Alzheimer’s disease. Although no conclusive test exists to predict who will develop Alzheimer’s, new research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas is attempting to identify a potential biomarker that could offer a more complete picture of who is most at risk. More...

July 17, 2015