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March 23, 2015
Having a strong sense that your life has meaning and direction may make you less likely to develop areas of brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age. This research is reported in a new article in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke. When a blockage interrupts blood flow in a vessel within the brain, a stroke can result or brain tissue can be damaged. This damaged tissue, called infarcts, may contribute to dementia , movement problems, disability, and death as people age. “Mental health, in particular positive psychological factors such as having a purpose in life,...
March 16, 2015
A new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
November 25, 2014
David Bennett, MD, and Julie Schneider, MD, of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center have been included in “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014,” a listing compiled by Thompson Reuters, a global media and information company.
April 7, 2014
A new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center reviews research that suggests that the risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease among older African Americans may be two to three times greater than in the non-Hispanic white population.
March 5, 2014
(CHICAGO) — A new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center indicates that Alzheimer’s disease may be one of the leading causes of death in the United States. The study, published in the March 5 issue of Neurology, shows that the disease may be an underlying cause of five to six times as many deaths as currently reported. “Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are under-reported on death certificates and medical records,” said study author Bryan D. James, PhD, an epidemiologist with the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center. “Death certificates often list the immediate cause of death, such as pneumonia, rather...
April 18, 2012
(CHICAGO) – Daily physical activity may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline, even in people over the age of 80, according to a new study by neurological researchers from Rush University Medical Center that will be published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology on April 18. “The results of our study indicate that all physical activities including exercise as well as other activities such as cooking, washing the dishes, and cleaning are associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Dr. Aron S. Buchman, lead author of...
April 14, 2011
Thinning of key cortical areas predicts dementia up to a decade in advance CHICAGO – Subtle differences in brain anatomy among older individuals with normal cognitive skills may be able to predict both the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in the following decade and how quickly symptoms of dementia would develop. In their analysis of magnetic resonance (MR) images from two separate study groups, researchers from Rush University Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that, among individuals in whom specific brain structures were thinnest, the risk of developing Alzheimer's was three times greater than in those with above-average...
April 12, 2011
Researchers at Rush University Medical Center have discovered that our "life space" is intimately linked with cognitive function.
April 4, 2011
In the largest study of its kind, researchers from a consortium of 44 universities and research institutions in the United States, including Rush University Medical Center, identified four new genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
November 16, 2010
(CHICAGO) – New results from a study by neuroscientists at Rush University Medical Center suggest that people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease exhibit a specific structural change in the brain that can be visualized by brain imaging. The findings may help identify those who would most benefit from early intervention. The study will be presented at Neuroscience 2010, the annual meeting for the Society of Neuroscience in San Diego, Calif., on Wednesday, November 17. “One of the main challenges in the field of Alzheimer’s disease is identifying individuals at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease so that therapeutic interventions developed...