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The Greener the Neighborhood, the Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias

April 27, 2021 - Miami, FL, USA – A new University of Miami Miller School of Medicine-led study examined the relationship of neighborhood greenness, such as trees, shrubs, or grass, to Alzheimer’s disease, Non-Alzheimer’s dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. The study – published online on April 1, 2021 in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease – found that a greater presence of neighborhood greenness was associated with a lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease by 20% and non-Alzheimer's disease by 11%.

April 27, 2021

Chronic Pain and Other Life Experiences May Contribute to Brain Matter Loss

April 27, 2021 - Gainesville, FL, USA – A new University of Florida study of non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic white adults links, published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, chronic knee pain and key demographic factors to differences in areas of the brain tied to memory. Participants who reported higher stages of pain and lower levels of income and education and less access to health insurance had thinner gray matter in these regions than those also experiencing higher stages of pain but who reported higher levels of income, education and greater access to health insurance.

April 27, 2021

International Task Force Determines Current Parkinson’s Disease Subtyping May Not Fit All Patients

April 29, 2021 - Amsterdam, NL – The clinical presentation and underlying biology of Parkinson’s disease (PD) varies significantly, but attempts to cluster cases into a limited number of subtypes have questionable applicability and relevance, reports the international Task Force for PD Subtypes in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. Their systematic review of studies reporting a subtyping system for the first time concludes that new approaches are needed that acknowledge the individual nature of the disease and are more aligned with personalized medicine.

April 29, 2021

New Model May Explain the Mystery of Asymmetry in Parkinson’s Disease

April 28, 2021 - Amsterdam, NL – Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by slowness of movement and tremors, which often appear asymmetrically in patients. The new model of PD described in this review article published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease may explain these perplexing asymmetrical motor symptoms and other known variations such as different degrees of constipation and sleep disorders.

April 28, 2021