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Coder, entrepreneur and teenager Emma Yang launches $50k Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for app to help improve Alzheimer’s patients’ daily lives

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A 14-Year-Old Made An App To Help Alzheimer’s Patients Rec­og­nize Their Loved Ones (Fast Com­pa­ny):

When Emma Yang was 7 or 8 years old, her grand­moth­er became increas­ing­ly for­get­ful. Over the next few years, those mem­o­ry prob­lems, caused by ear­ly Alzheimer’s dis­ease, wors­ened. Yang, who learned to code at an ear­ly age, decid­ed to cre­ate an app to help Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: Multiple factors can contribute to memory problems…and “getting older” is often not the main one

Memory_problems_doctorWhen Mem­o­ry Changes Are More Than ‘Just Get­ting Old­er’ (US News):

You’ve prob­a­bly heard this phrase before: “I’m just get­ting older”…The expla­na­tion should be used with cau­tion, though. Often, I tell my patients not to blame some­thing they are expe­ri­enc­ing on “just get­ting old­er,” because they might miss some­thing that could be treat­able Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Cognitive deficits continue long term in cancer survivors in domains important for social and executive functioning

elderly_senior_memory_loss_confusionCog­ni­tive Deficits Con­tin­ue Long Term in Can­cer Sur­vivors (Med­scape):

Although can­cer patients fre­quent­ly expe­ri­ence short-term cog­ni­tive deficits, lit­tle is known about how long these deficits last or whether they wors­en over time. Now, data from a large nation­al sam­ple sug­gest that cog­ni­tive deficits may per­sist long term. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Sleeping less than 5 hours, or more than 9, can lead to cognitive decline

Alarm-Clock-next-to-bed-300x214Too lit­tle sleep, and too much, affect mem­o­ry (Har­vard Health Blog):

A group of women tak­ing part in the Nurs­es’ Health Study were asked about their sleep habits in 1986 and 2000, and were inter­viewed about mem­o­ry and think­ing skills three times over a lat­er six-year peri­od. Devore and her col­leagues observed worse per­for­mance on brain test­ing among Read the rest of this entry »

Good Q&A on Mild Cognitive Impairment

Cop­ing With Mild Cog­ni­tive Impair­ment (NYT blog):

About 10 to 15 per­cent of adults age 65 and old­er are believed to have mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment — a con­di­tion com­mon­ly char­ac­ter­ized by mem­o­ry prob­lems, well beyond those asso­ci­at­ed with nor­mal aging.… The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to researchers set out to rec­ti­fy Read the rest of this entry »

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