Caring for my father through the ravages of Alzheimer’s

(Sherie Posesorski/ Special to the Toronto Star) — My father, Irving Posesorski, worked long hours as a spring assembler in a mattress factory. Every weeknight I would kneel on the living room couch, looking out the front window eagerly waiting for him to come walking up the street. At his first glimpse of me, he would […]

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Dream disorders could be early indicator of future brain disease

(Tom Hale/ IFL Science) — A new piece of research has found a strange and surprising connection between dreaming and a whole bunch of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and Lewy bodies dementia. Speaking at the 2017 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting, Dr John Peever of the University of Toronto explained how his team discovered that Rapid Eye […]

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Sniffing out dementia with a simple smell test

(Catharine Paddock/ Medical News Today) — In a study that followed almost 3,000 older people with normal cognition, researchers found that a simple smell test was able to identify those at higher risk of dementia. Senior author Jayant M. Pinto, a professor of surgery at the University of Chicago in Illinois, and colleagues report their […]

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AI could spot Alzheimer’s in MRI scans up to a decade before symptoms show

New research from Italy suggests an algorithm can be trained to spot changes in the brain linked to the disease (BT.com) — Artificial intelligence can be trained to spot structural changes in the brain linked to Alzheimer’s disease nearly 10 years before doctors can diagnose it through symptoms, researchers claim. According to New Scientist, a […]

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