People who struggle to hear their companions chatting in a busy restaurant are in good company. Difficulty hearing speech when there's background noise is a common problem for those with age-related hearing loss. Now, a reliable study specifically assesses the link to "speech-in-noise" impairment.
There’s another new test on the horizon that claims to help diagnose cognitive decline in its earliest stages, before severe memory loss takes hold. This minimally invasive and inexpensive blood test was developed by a pioneering team of researchers in Germany.
Unlike other diagnostic tests, it’s not specific to uncovering any single neurodegenerative disease but instead measures the brain’s overall cognitive health.
A revolutionary new drug, NVG-291, has been thirty years in development and shows considerable promise in the treatment of nerve damage. If this drug is all that it’s hyped up to be, it could offer real hope to patients who have had Alzheimer’s disease for years.
Leaky gut syndrome is quickly becoming a focus of greater interest and study for physicians and patients alike. Doctors and scientists are increasingly focused on discovering how a leaky gut can affect the brain and lead to neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even mood and mental health disorders in people of all ages.
Those who reported short sleep duration - defined as 6 hours or less - had elevated levels of beta amyloid, which "greatly increases" risk for dementia. Sleeping too little or too much time has varying effects on older adults' brain health.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom is native to Japan and other Asian countries and is 100% natural. It contains two unique compounds…hericenone and erinacine…the most powerful NGF inducers in the world. In fact, these two Lion’s Mane ingredients boost NGF levels up to 500%!
Many researchers and drug companies who investigate brain health have been obsessed with eliminating the misshapen proteins – called amyloid and tau – that collect in the brains of some Alzheimer's sufferers.
Yet, those studies show time and again that doing away with these proteins, without any other kind of therapy, does not lead to memory improvement.
Driving is a complex task involving multiple cognitive processes. It's also an essential part of people's lives, so it's surprising how little is known about how changes in the brain that come with aging affect our ability to drive.
But now, using artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques (sometimes called data analytics), researchers say they can predict which drivers will go on to develop dementia.
Stress is a brain killer. It can jumble your thoughts, make it harder to learn new information, and blur your memory. As researchers uncover the mysteries about how stress can worsen health and mess with our minds, they are placing a major focus on its effect on energy production in cells.
Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) is a protein produced inside nerve cells. The reason why it is so important to a healthy brain is because it serves as Miracle-Gro for the brain, essentially fertilizing brain cells to keep them functioning and growing, as well as propelling the growth of new neurons.
The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) Diet may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 53%. Researchers evaluated over 900 seniors and then noted the incidences of Alzheimer’s of those seniors over a 5 year period.