Vitamin E May Slow Alzheimer’s Progression

We haven’t discovered a cure for Alzheimer’s, or a drug that reverses the ravages of the disease, but researchers may have found a treatment to slow disease progression that’s simple, cheap and safe. Among more than 600 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease, a daily high dose of vitamin E slowed the decline in the ability of patients to perform everyday tasks, such as dress or bathe independently, by about six months on average. And, perhaps more tellingly, those taking …

Memory Loss More Common In Men — But It Can Improve

Age-related memory loss and mild cognitive impairment may be more common in men in their 70s and 80s than in women, a new Mayo Clinic study has found. That may be bad news for men, but the study also found some intriguing good news: About one-third of the participants initially diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment were able to improve their brain function back to normal at a later checkup. The researchers aren’t exactly sure why this improvement occurred, although it …

Cognitive Decline: Does It Start In Our 40s?

Those who think signs of cognitive decline start around age 60, a new study has some unwelcome news: Brain function could start lessening beginning at age 45. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, involved giving cognitive tests to 5,198 men and 2,192 women ages 45 to 70 three times over the course of a decade, reports the L.A. Times. The tests evaluated memory, reasoning, vocabulary, and visual and hearing comprehension. Declines were seen in all areas except vocabulary, and …

How Early Does Cognitive Decline Begin? Earlier Than You Think

Those who think signs of cognitive decline start around age 60, a new study has some unwelcome news: Brain function could start lessening beginning at age 45. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, involved giving cognitive tests to 5,198 men and 2,192 women ages 45 to 70 three times over the course of a decade, reports the L.A. Times. The tests evaluated memory, reasoning, vocabulary, and visual and hearing comprehension. Declines were seen in all areas except vocabulary, and …

Who’re You Calling Slow? Older Brains Can Match Young Ones, Study Says

Are older brains slower to make decisions? Yes, but they’re just as accurate as young  brains — even up to ages 85 and 90, new research finds. “Many people think that it is just natural for older people’s brains to slow down as they age, but we’re finding that isn’t always true,”  Roger Ratcliff, professor of psychology at Ohio State University, said in a press release. “At least in some situations, 70-year-olds may have response times similar to those of …