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Lower Blood Pressure Found to Lower Dementia Risk

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 8/11/2018 - 4

A new study shows that aggressively treating blood pressure to a target of 120 mmHg was associated with a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia compared to a group treated to a target of 140 mmHg or less.

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A-List Offers Patient and Caregiver Insights into Dementia   

Ian Kremer & Meryl Comer - 7/16/2018 - 3

Data from the A-List, an online community of people & caregivers living with dementia, is being used to shape many aspects of care including drug development.

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Is This New Alzheimer’s Drug Really a Breakthrough?

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 7/8/2018 - 3

Biogen’s Alzheimer’s disease drug, BAN 2401, recently showed promising results but there are outstanding questions about the study design & statistical analysis.

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Non-Movement Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease That Challenge Everyday Life

Sarah Jones, MPA, MS - 5/14/2018 - 0

The lesser-known non-movement symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease are often ignored and underreported. They can be hard to manage and create challenges in everyday living. The PMDAlliance created The emPowered! tool to help facilitate communications between doctors and people with Parkinson’s about these bothersome symptoms.

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How Memories Can Be Modified and Manipulated

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 4/15/2018 - 0

Our memories may not be truly our own. They’re subject to social influences, some positive (they correct factual errors and omissions) and some negative (they manipulate the memory of facts to conform to the “accepted” version regardless of veracity). This is not just an exercise in theoretical psychology, it has important social implications.

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Random Thoughts on ‘The Theory of Everything’

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 3/15/2018 - 17

Stephen Hawking overcame the physical affliction of his degenerative neurologic disease (ALS) with his soaring optimism going on to become one of the world’s most famous theoretical physicists. Unique aspects of the human brain help explain why.

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Are Political Views Hard-Wired in the Brain?

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 12/14/2017 - 0

There is still a big gap in our knowledge between fixation of memories in the brain and fixed political views, but we know when experiences are embedded in long-term memory, thick protein bridges between the neurons “solidify” the circuits.

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Selective Memory in the Age of Facebook

Dov Michaeli, MD, PhD - 11/16/2017 - 0

It’s easy to understand the power of Facebook: Memories are reinforced by repetition and forgetting is induced when messages come from outside of your tribe.

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The Disturbing Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Jason Kellogg, MD - 9/19/2017 - 6

People are often aware of Parkinson’s motor symptoms (slowness, tremor, stiffness) but since the disease involves many parts of the brain, it should not be surprising that symptoms go well beyond motor.

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7 Simple and Not-So-Simple Strategies to Maintain a Healthy Brain

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 9/8/2017 - 0

Seven lifestyle modifications that prevent atherosclerosis have also been found to maintain brain health and prevent cognitive decline.

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202 Footballers Donated Their Brains to Science—Here’s What We Learned

Patricia Salber, MD, MBA - 8/1/2017 - 0

CTE, a progressive degenerative brain disorder associated with repeated head trauma was diagnosed in 87% of American football players’ brains donated for study.

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CBD Has an Extremely Wide Range of Health Benefits

Christopher Visser - 6/17/2017 - 5

CBD is a non-psychoactive compound derived from Cannabis sativa. Studies are confirming its benefits in a variety of clinical conditions, including cancer, arthritis, and migraine.

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