Mental Decline a Risk Factor for Stroke, Study Suggests

MONDAY, Aug. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Declining mental skills appear to raise a person's odds for a stroke, a new study suggests.

Seniors' Sleep Woes May Be Linked to Loss of Brain Cells

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Loss of brain cells that act as a "sleep switch" may help explain why many seniors have trouble falling and staying asleep, a new study suggests.

Researchers Pinpoint Brain Region Where Contextual Memories Are Made

TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A region of the brain that plays a key role in contextual memories has been pinpointed in rats by researchers.

Man's Rare Condition May Open Door to New Alzheimer's Treatments

MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A man with a rare disease has shown scientists that there might be a different way to try to halt the devastating damage of Alzheimer's disease.

Mental Decline Often Precedes a Stroke, Study Finds

THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Age-related declines in memory and thinking abilities may increase a senior's risk of stroke and death, researchers say.

Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Alzheimer's Risk, Study Finds

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with too little vitamin D in their blood may have twice the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease as seniors with sufficient levels of the "sunshine vitamin," a new study finds.

High Blood Pressure in Middle Age, Weaker Brain Later?

MONDAY, Aug 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Let your blood pressure get too high in midlife, and you might pay the price in mental decline later on, a new study suggests.

Scientists Shed Light on Link Between Depression, Dementia

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with depression are more likely to develop dementia, but researchers have been unable to explain the exact nature of the relationship between the two.

Gardens a Center of Calm for People With Dementia

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Spending time in a garden might help soothe the agitation that commonly strikes people with dementia, a new review suggests.

Adults Who've Abused Alcohol May Be at Risk for Memory Problems

WEDNESDAY, July 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged adults with a history of alcohol abuse are more than twice as likely as others to develop severe memory problems later in life, according to a new study.