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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Brain Research: Brain imaging bolsters efforts to lower Alzheimer's risk ♦ Association between cholesterol-lowering drugs, memory impairment ♦ Strokes steal eight years' worth of brain function


Strokes steal eight years' worth of brain function Having a stroke ages a person's brain function by almost eight years, robbing them of memory and thinking speed as measured on cognitive tests. In both black and white patients, having had a stroke meant that their score on a 27-item test of memory and thinking speed had dropped as it would have if they had aged 7.9 years.
Despite abnormalities after concussion, sleep continues to aid memory and recall After a concussion, a person can be left with disturbed sleep, memory deficits and other cognitive problems for years, but despite these abnormalities, sleep still helps them to overcome memory deficits, and the benefit is equivalent to that seen in individuals without a history concussion.
Preventive neural radiology: Brain imaging bolsters efforts to lower Alzheimer's risk Armed with new knowledge about how neural degenerative diseases alter brain structures, increasing numbers of neurologists, psychiatrists and other clinicians are adopting quantitative brain imaging as a tool to measure and help manage cognitive declines in patients. These imaging findings can help spur beneficial lifestyle changes to reduce risk for Alzheimer's disease.
Study examines association between cholesterol-lowering drugs, memory impairment Both statin and non statin cholesterol-lowering drugs were associated with memory loss in the first 30 days after patients started taking the medications

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