Sleep is a key part of our body’s healthy functioning and it is therefore not surprising that we nearly spend a quarter of our life asleep. However, for some people, their sleep gets disrupted by breathing problems, so-called obstructive sleep apnea, with previous reports suggesting that obstructive sleep apnea might increase our risk for Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Take my breath away – Do breathing problems during sleep increase our risk for Alzheimer’s disease?
The idea that Alzheimer’s disease could be an infectious disease seems a strange notion. However, over the last decades, there have been occasional reports that in rare occasions people can get ‘infected’ with Alzheimer’s disease. Two international expert groups decided therefore to review the evidence whether Alzheimer’s disease can be infectious and have now published … Continue reading Is Alzheimer’s disease infectious?
It is quite an irony that we know so much about Alzheimer’s disease but very little about the man after which the disease was named – Dr Alois Alzheimer. Let’s explore a bit the life of this mysterious man and why the disease carries his name. Alois Alzheimer was born in 1864 in Marktbreit – … Continue reading Alois Alzheimer – Who was the person behind the disease?
COVID-19 had a significant impact on all our lives, but none more so than people with dementia. The reasons why COVID-19 is so devastating for people with dementia are still being investigated, with a recent study shedding more light on the risk of COVID-19 for dementia. * COVID-19 is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Being … Continue reading COVID-19 – What are the implications for dementia?
We all trust that that medication is safe for us to use. We base this assumption on the fact that the development of the medication went through the rigorous process of clinical trials. Clinical trials do not only test whether a new medication is effective in treating the disease or symptom but importantly also whether … Continue reading Anticholinergic medication and its impact on dementia risk
The mantra for many decades in Alzheimer’s disease is that people who are at-risk or have the disease forget information quicker than people of the same age who do not have the disease. This is certainly true for most people, however, a recent study (* Lim and colleagues, Neurology, 2020) actually suggests that it might … Continue reading Memory in Alzheimer’s disease – It’s all about forgetting, isn’t it?
There has been for many decades a discussion as to whether women might be at a higher risk to develop dementia compared to men. The original notion for this idea came with the insight that more women than men were diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Epidemiologist [scientists specialised in health on a population level], … Continue reading Battle of the sexes – Are women at higher risk of developing dementia than men?
This website will attempt to make cutting-edge dementia science findings understandable to lay people or professionals from other disciplines. My plan is to publish regular posts explaining the science behind dementia, in particular recent research studies. I will explain the findings of the study and will put them into the context of how it might … Continue reading New beginnings