Marian Freedman is a freelance medical editor and writer based in Watchung, NJ. She is a contributing editor to Contemporary Pediatrics, as well as chief editor for MedEdits, a medical education consulting firm.
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Dog walkers have better health than non–dog walkers, according to several measures, including fewer chronic health conditions, lower body mass index, and more.
Older adults diagnosed with probable dementia are more likely to pursue unsafe activities than those with possible or no dementia.
In the early stages of dementia women’s verbal memory skills are better than men’s, even when they have similar brain shrinkage. But this may mask a problem.
When symptoms of depression escalate during later life, the risk of developing dementia increases.
Standard techniques for detecting mild cognitive impairment sometimes falsely classify people with the condition as cognitively normal.
Older people who engage in moderate to heavy exercise experience far less cognitive decline than those who get little or no exercise.
Eating seafood can protect against decline in specific areas of cognition, especially in people with a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s.
Beta-amyloid, a key culprit in Alzheimer’s, is also part of the immune system, leading scientists to speculate that infections might trigger the disease.
Low levels of vitamin B12 and high levels of homocysteine, an amino acid, may be associated with accelerated brain aging in older adults.
Which activities might slow memory decline for people with mild cognitive impairment? A new study uncovers some answers.