Detecting Diminished Dopamine-Firing Cells Inside the Brain Could Reveal Earliest Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Sheffield scientists discover a loss of cells that use dopamine may cause part of the brain – responsible for forming new memories – to function less effectively

March 27, 2018 - Sheffield, UK – A new link between diminished input from dopamine-firing cells deep inside the brain and the ability to form new memories could be crucial in detecting the earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease. More...

March 27, 2018

Brain SPECT Imaging Predicts Outcomes in Depressed Patients

March 20, 2018 - Costa Mesa, US – New research from the Amen Clinics shows that brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging, a study that measures blood flow and activity patterns, identifies who is likely to get better from depression and who is not. The study is published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, because depression is a highly treatable risk for cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease. More...

March 20, 2018

Exploring the Role of Cognitive Factors in a New Instrument for Elders’ Financial Capacity Assessment

March 13, 2018 - Thessaloniki, Greece – Although the general public and mental health professionals seem to disregard incapacity regarding financial issues and relevant decision making in mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and focus only on severe dementia cases, a PhD study in Greece reveals that noticeable deficits do exist in the handling of financial issues in elders suffering from MCI. The results are published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. More...

March 13, 2018

The Role of Verb Fluency in the Detection of Early Cognitive Impairment in Alzheimer’s Disease

March 12, 2018 - Barcelona, Spain – The ability to generate spoken verbs in infinitive in a given time begins to worsen in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Thus, the verb fluency test has been found to be a suitable neuropsychological tool for the detection of healthy aging people at risk of developing cognitive impairment, according to a recent research of the Research Center and Memory Clinic, Fundació ACE, Institut Català de Neurociències Aplicades, UIC-Barcelona, Spain (fundacioace.com). More...

March 12, 2018