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Study finds Alzheimer's manifests differently in Hispanics


Certain symptoms associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease, including agitation and depression, affect Hispanics more frequently and severely than other ethnicities. The findings, published in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience (JNCN), suggest that Alzheimer's disease manifests itself differently in Hispanic populations.
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People with autism more likely to 'follow their heads and not their hearts'


Scientists at King's College London have shown why people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more logical in their decision-making and less susceptible to the so-called 'Framing Effect' compared to people who do not have ASD.
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High blood pressure and brain health are linked


High blood pressure, especially in middle age, is associated with an increased risk of cognitive impairment later in life, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association.
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Millions of people with osteoporosis remain undiagnosed and untreated


An International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) report issued for World Osteoporosis Day on October 20 identifies 10 major care gaps and solutions to the global healthcare crisis arising from fragility fractures.
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Study sheds light on how to reduce fracture risk in elderly


Better management of high-risk drugs may help reduce the incidence of secondary fragility fractures in vulnerable, elderly population.
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Can some types of fat protect us from brain disease?


An intriguing finding in nematode worms suggests that having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington's, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
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Graded aerobic treadmill testing in children & adolescents with sports-related concussion


Graded aerobic treadmill testing is safe, tolerable, and useful in evaluating and managing cases of sports-related concussion in children and adolescents. This is the finding of a new study reported in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.
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Alzheimer's research: Poison in the brain


The following factors facilitate the formation of putatively toxic structures in the neuronal nuclei of Alzheimer's patients. Spherical structures in the nucleus of nerve cells, so-called nuclear spheres, are suspected to trigger Alzheimer's disease.
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Study examines risk factors for depression after stroke


During the first three months after stroke, the risk for depression was eight times higher than in a reference population of people without stroke, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. More than 10 million people had a stroke in 2013 and more than 30 million people worldwide live with a stroke diagnosis
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Alzheimer’s: Cellular mechanism provides explanation model for declining memory performance


Alzheimer’s disease triggers memory and learning disorders. To date, the causes are poorly understood. Now, researchers of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) are shedding light on a possible mechanism.
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Type 2 diabetes: Risk factor air pollution


Exposure to air pollution at the place of residence increases the risk of developing insulin resistance as a pre-diabetic state of type 2 diabetes.
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Lower weight in late life may increase risk of Alzheimer's disease


Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have found an association between lower weight and more extensive deposits of the Alzheimer's-associated protein beta-amyloid in the brains of cognitively normal older individuals.
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Osteoporosis: Antibody crystallized


Osteoporosis particularly affects elderly women: the bone's structure weakens and the risk of suffering fractures rises. As prophylaxis patients are advised to have a healthy diet and perform physical exercises; when the risk of bone fractures is high, medicine preventing further bone loss is prescribed in addition.
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Study finds connection between chronic pain and anxiety disorders


New research provides insight into a long-observed, but little-understood connection between chronic pain and anxiety and offers a potential target for treatment. The study's findings, show that increased expression of PACAP - a peptide neurotransmitter the body releases in response to stress - is also increased in response to neuropathic pain and contributes to these symptoms.
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