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Scientists Transplant Memories Between Sea Slugs… Sort of

If you were wondering, “Hey, scientists have done a lot recently, but when are they going to transplant memories like in Westworld?”—we’ve got good news. A team reports that they’ve now transplanted memories between slugs. Well, sort of, kind of. Read More >>

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New Evidence Shows Even Mild Concussions Can Raise Risk for Dementia

One of fiction’s most commonly used plot devices—a knock on the head used to render someone momentarily unconscious—is a lot more harmful in the real world. A new study published this week in The Lancet Psychiatry reaffirms that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), even those that are relatively mild, are linked to a higher risk of dementia in our later years. Read More >>

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Hold Up, Maybe Our Brains Actually Can Grow Back Neurons

A new study published Thursday in Cell Stem Cell is set to further stoke the debate over whether our brain can actually grow back neurons as we age. The research found that people, even into their golden years, are regenerating their stock of neurons right up until the point of death—seemingly contradicting the results of a major study released just last month. Read More >>

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Physically Fit Women Were Almost 90% Less Likely to Get Dementia in 44-Year-Study

The intricacies behind what can cause dementia are still largely a mystery and highly debated. But a new study published Thursday in Neurology offers more evidence that staying fit can keep both our bodies and minds sharp into our later years. Read More >>

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Signs of Alzheimer’s Detected in Brains of Chimps For First Time

Humans are the only animals known to develop Alzheimer’s disease, an age-related brain disorder that causes impaired cognitive functioning and other behavioural problems. Or at least, that’s what we thought. For the first time ever, researchers are claiming to have found signs of the disease in the brains of elderly chimps—a discovery that could yield new insights into the dreaded disorder. Read More >>

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A Third of Dementia Cases Could Be Preventable, Says New Report

Dementia could seem inevitable as relatives age and begin to suffer from heartbreaking memory loss. Almost 50 million people lived with it in 2015, and the disease could cost the world a trillion dollars by 2018. But there’s hope. Read More >>

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Dozens of Patients Are Suing a Clinic That Gave Them Fake Alzheimer’s Diagnoses

Imagine that a doctor told you that your brain was slowly starting to self-destruct, that soon your once-healthy neurons would stop functioning, that you would lose all connection with reality, with the things and people that you loved. Then imagine that you found out that not only did that doctor make it all up, but he wasn’t even actually a doctor. You would be pretty pissed, right? Read More >>

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Toxic Magnetic Waste From Air Pollution Found in Human Brains

Add this to the growing list of reasons to never go outside again: the human brain is apparently a sponge for toxic magnetic waste found in smog. Read More >>

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Cannabis Shown to Protect Brain Cells From Alzheimer’s

A new study suggests that compounds found in cannabis can stave off the brain damaging effects of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a promising discovery, but claims that pot can prevent this age-related brain disorder are premature. Put the pipe away, man. Read More >>

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New Study Suggests Alzheimer’s is Associated with Brain Fungus

Every year, more people over the age of 65 are suffering from dementia. Researchers are still searching for a cause, but a new study offers a fascinating possibility: some cases of Alzheimer’s may be linked to a simple brain fungus. Read More >>

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Alzheimer’s Patients Will Be Injected With the Blood of Young People

It's not often that science confirms ideas straight out of vampire lore, but here you have one: a spate of studies in mice have found that infusions of young blood seem to reverse ageing. So now we're moving to the next logical step: giving the blood of young humans to Alzheimer's patients. Read More >>

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A Simple Eye Test Could Accurately Detect Alzheimer’s

Current tests for Alzheimer's include expensive analyses using brain PET or MRI imaging. But two studies have shown that a simple eye test can detect Alzheimer's accurately at very early stages — just by looking at subjects' retinas. Read More >>

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A Simple Blood Test Could Predict the Onset of Alzheimer’s

Scientists have developed a new blood test that can predict who will develop Alzheimer's disease a year after having mild memory problems—and it could be in clinical use within two years. Read More >>

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This Facebook App Mimics the Way Dementia Affects the Brain

Dementia is one of the nastier memory-loss diseases that some people are faced with, and it can be difficult to understand what sufferers are going through. Alzheimer's Research UK are trying to tackle this with a Facebook app that shows people what living with dementia is like. Read More >>