Who is man's best friend? To some people with dementia, it's a robot dog

(Natural News) A California company is marketing a robotic dog they’re developing to be a best friend that can comfort people who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The makers said that this robot dog will be able to provide companionship for people by responding to human voice and touch with “life-like motions.” Entrepreneur Tom...
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Purpose of review People with Down syndrome represent the world's largest population with a genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease. This review will provide a short summary of what is known and will include recent findings from the field. Recent findings There has been an increasing focus on biomarker research in this population, with a number of studies presenting findings on promising new markers – Neurofilament Light (NfL) appears to be one such promising marker that has emerged. Imaging studies have increased our knowledge on the progression of Alzheimer's disease in this population. Summary The inclusion o...
Source: Current Opinion in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY Source Type: research
Purpose of review Antiamyloid therapy of Alzheimer's disease tackles the overproduction and clearance of the amyloid-beta peptide (Aβ). Immunotherapeutic compounds were tested in large-scale trials. We revisit the recent literature focusing on randomized-controlled trials (RCT) using monoclonal anti-Aβ antibodies. Recent findings Forty-three articles on anti-Aβ passive immunotherapy for Alzheimer's disease were published between January 2016 and October 2019 regarding 17 RCTs: 13 phase III trials using the monoclonal antibodies bapineuzumab, solanezumab, gantenerumab, crenezumab, and aducanumab; three p...
Source: Current Opinion in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY Source Type: research
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Source: PsyBlog | Psychology Blog - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Dementia subscribers-only Source Type: blogs
Conditions:   Dementia;   Alzheimer Disease;   Caregiver Burnout;   Family Members Intervention:   Behavioral: STELLA (Support via TEchnology: Living and Learning with Advancing Alzheimer's disease and related dementias) Sponsors:   Oregon Health and Science University;   National Institute on Aging (NIA) Recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
Chronic brain hypoperfusion (CBH) is closely related to Alzheimer ’s disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD). Meanwhile, synaptic pathology plays a prominent role in the initial stage of AD and VaD. However, w...
Source: Cell Communication and Signaling - Category: Molecular Biology Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: This N-of-1 study suggests the Emerald device is feasible to use and can potentially yield actionable data regarding behavioral symptom management. No active or potential device risks were encountered. PMID: 32245677 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Am J Geriatr Psychiatry Source Type: research
This study delves into the mechanisms by which a short period of fasting can accelerate wound healing. Fasting triggers many of the same cellular stress responses, such as upregulated autophagy, as occur during the practice of calorie restriction. It isn't exactly the same, however, so it is always worth asking whether any specific biochemistry observed in either case does in fact occur in both situations. In particular, the period of refeeding following fasting appears to have beneficial effects that are distinct from those that occur while food is restricted. Multiple forms of therapeutic fasting have been repor...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
BACKGROUND: Previous evidence suggests that slower gait speed is longitudinally associated with cognitive impairment, dementia and falls in older adults. Despite this, the longitudinal relationship between gait speed, cognition and falls in those with a di...
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CONCLUSIONS: The positive effect of the interaction on the executive function has been observed, specifically in the capacities for planning and sequencing, perceptual organisation, response inhibition, logical reasoning and mental flexibility. PMID: 32242333 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Revista de Neurologia - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Rev Neurol Source Type: research
AbstractVascular dementia (VD) is the second most common cause of dementia following Alzheimer ’s disease (AD). The major symptoms of VD including memory loss, language deficits and impairment of executive functions. Its specific etiology and pathogenesis remain unknown. Currently, treatment options of VD are still limited. The therapeutic strategies aim to control the vascular risk factors and improve the cognitive function. In recent years, cell therapy for neurodegenerative diseases has attracted a great deal of attention. Evidence suggested that stem cell transplantation could improve the symptoms of cerebral inf...
Source: Cell and Tissue Banking - Category: Stem Cells Source Type: research
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