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Cardiology

Researcher discovers previously rejected function in the brain's blood vessels

Allegedly, they should not exist in the brain, the so-called precapillary sphincters—a kind of squeezing 'muscle clamp' between the larger and smaller vessels of the bloodstream.

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

A third of people would want to know they have Alzheimer's 15 years before symptoms

Over a third of people would want to know they had Alzheimer's disease 15 years before symptoms show, according to new findings from Alzheimer's Research UK.

Medications

Treatment of pain is a challenge in Alzheimer's disease

he treatment and management of pain in people with Alzheimer's disease (AD) can be a challenge due to problems in communication and uncommon symptoms of pain. Opioid painkillers are widely prescribed, but not without adverse ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Racial disparities in drug prescriptions for dementia

Disparities in drug prescribing suggest that black and Asian people with dementia are not receiving the same quality of care as their white peers, according to a new UCL-led study in the UK.

Neuroscience

Are bigger brains better?

When it comes to certain parts of the brain, bigger doesn't necessarily equate to better memory. According to a new study led by Michigan State University, a larger hippocampus, a curved, seahorse-shaped structure embedded ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Lifestyle choices could slow familial frontotemporal dementia

A physically and mentally active lifestyle confers resilience to frontotemporal dementia (FTD), even in people whose genetic profile makes the eventual development of the disease virtually inevitable, according to new research ...

Neuroscience

New ultrasound technique significantly improves brain performance

In neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease or Multiple Sclerosis, brain neurons are constantly being lost, resulting in memory lapses, speech disorders, mood swings and movement disorders, for ...

Health

Therapy at home helping people with dementia

Receiving occupational therapy at home has been found to be effective for people living with dementia, according to a University of Queensland-led study.