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Breaking Research News - dementia

Human Imaging Study Identifies Target for Treating Mild Cognitive Impairment

By using a chemical agent that can detect proteins that shuttle serotonin (a neurotransmitter regulating appetite, sleep, and mood), researchers found the level of these serotonin transporter proteins is lower in 28 patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a risk factor for developing dementia, relative to 28 healthy control subjects. 

Music Therapy Improved Dementia-Related Symptoms in Nursing Home Residents

A personalized music program studied in more than 12,000 residents in 98 nursing homes was found to improve behavioral and mood problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, relative to nursing home residents who did not receive the program.

Human Tissue Study Discovers Stronger Link between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Researchers found pathological evidence of Alzheimer’s disease in post-mortem brain tissues from 213 patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease with dementia (PDD) or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), with the level of Alzheimer’s pathology predicting dementia symptom onset and survival in these patients.  

Prevention and Lifestyle Factors Reduce Dementia Risk

In the last 20 years, several epidemiological studies have examined the effects and incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in Western countries, reporting alarming data on the increasing number of persons expected to develop dementia in the near future. A recent report published by leading researchers of various European institutions has analyzed five large epidemiological studies conducted in Western Europe (two in Sweden, one in the United Kingdom, one in the Netherlands, and one in Spain).