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Judge: Conservatorship 'Appropriate' for Brian Wilson

Manager, publicist will be handling Beach Boys co-founder's medical, personal decisions

(Newser) - Brian Wilson's business manager LeeAnn Hard and longtime publicist Jean Sievers will be taking charge of his personal and medical decisions under an arrangement approved by a judge on Thursday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gus T. May found there was "clear and convincing evidence" that a conservatorship...

Jay Leno Is Complimented as He's Made Conservator of Wife

Mavis Leno, 77, who has dementia, sometimes doesn't know husband, per report by attorney

(Newser) - Jay Leno was granted conservatorship of his wife of more than four decades on Tuesday in a court hearing that was filled with praise for the care he has given her. Mavis Leno, 77, is suffering from advanced dementia, and People reports that Mavis' lawyer expressed her "agreement" with...

Our Brains Are Getting Bigger
Our Brains Are Getting Bigger

Our Brains Are Getting Bigger

They've increased in volume over the decades, which may be good news for dementia risks

(Newser) - Though theories abound that humans are getting dumber , evidence suggests that our brains are actually getting bigger. Researchers from UC Davis Health found that they've grown in both volume and surface area after comparing MRIs from people born in the 1930s with those born in the 1970s, per Newswise...

The Globe's Leading Ailments Are in Our Heads
The Globe's Leading
Illnesses Are in Our Heads

The Globe's Leading Illnesses Are in Our Heads

Neurological conditions like stroke, dementia affect 43% of global population, per new research

(Newser) - The leading cause of all ill health and disability around the globe isn't cancer or heart disease—it's a wide umbrella of neurological conditions, ranging from migraines to strokes, dementia, or Parkinson's, among other maladies. Per a new study published Thursday in the Lancet , scientists found that...

'Subtle' Signs May Point to Dementia Precursor

More attention is being paid to ailment known as Mild Cognitive Impairment

(Newser) - We all experience forgetfulness, but a growing number of doctors are focusing on when harmlessness crosses into a condition known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Both the New York Times and the Washington Post have stories on the ailment, which is thought to be severely underdiagnosed—a problem because early...

Family Says Beach Boy Has 'Major Neurocognitive Disorder'

They're seeking a conservatorship for 81-year-old Brian Wilson after his wife's death last month

(Newser) - Last month, Brian Wilson lost his wife of nearly three decades. "She was my savior," he wrote on X after Melinda's death. Now, the family of the Beach Boys co-founder is seeking to place him under a conservatorship, suggesting the move is necessary to protect Wilson's...

Researchers Find Telltale Alzheimer's Clues in Our Blood

Study identifies 4 biological markers, raising hope that a blood test for dementia is nearer

(Newser) - It's looking more and more likely that a blood test to predict Alzheimer's years before symptoms appear will be available in the not-too-distant future. In the latest development, researchers say they identified biological markers in stored blood samples that reliably forecast various forms of dementia nearly 15 years...

Ancient Greeks Didn't Seem to Get Dementia

Ancient Greeks
Didn't Seem
to Get

Ancient Greeks Didn't Seem to Get Dementia

Findings bolster theories that cognitive decline is linked to modern lifestyle, environment

(Newser) - A new study that went deep into ancient Greek and Roman medical texts suggests that dementia was rare 2,000 to 2,500 years ago. HealthDay notes the analysis builds on the theory that modern cognitive decline is linked to lifestyle and environmental factors. The findings, published in Journal of ...

For These 5, Alzheimer's Was Medically Acquired
Medical Miscue May Have
Given Patients Alzheimer's

Medical Miscue May Have Given Patients Alzheimer's

Study suggests disease was triggered by human growth hormone shots derived from cadavers

(Newser) - Doctors once sought to make very short children taller by injecting them with growth hormone taken from the brains of dead people. The procedure was banned 40 years ago—and cadaver-derived pituitary growth hormone (c-hGH) replaced with a synthetic version—when scientists discovered patients had also received bits of protein...

Alarming Issue at Homes for Seniors: Fatal Wanderings

'Washington Post' counts near 100 deaths at assisted-living facilities

(Newser) - Living in an assisted-living facility isn't cheap, running an average of $6,000 a month, but families are willing to pay that to ensure their loved ones are well cared for and safe. That safety part is now under scrutiny, however, after a Washington Post investigation that has found...

Another Strike Against Sitting Too Much: Dementia Risk

New study raises a warning for those 60 and older who sit for 10 or more per day

(Newser) - Researchers have been warning for a while that sitting for most of the day is not good for our physical health. A new study in JAMA suggests it may specifically hurt our brain health, too. Researchers found that people 60 and older who sat for 12 hours a day or...

Japan's Dementia Treatment 'Has Now Entered a New Era'

Country with rapidly aging population OKs its first Alzheimer's drug

(Newser) - Japan's Health Ministry has approved Leqembi, a drug for Alzheimer's disease that was jointly developed by Japanese and US pharmaceutical companies. As the AP reports, it's the first drug for treatment of the disease in a country with a rapidly aging population. Developed by Japanese drugmaker Eisai...

He Lost Life Savings to Scam. The Bank Stepped Up

Australia's ANZ recognized 78-year-old Alex Shaw, who has dementia, had been taken for $300K

(Newser) - An elderly man from Down Under who was scammed out of his life savings has received a reprieve, in a tale described by the Good News Network as "a story of corporate responsibility in the face of personal tragedy." ABC Australia notes that although scam victims in the...

Depressed Adults See Higher Risk of Dementia as Seniors

Large study sees a link, though not an explanation as to why

(Newser) - Young adults and those in middle age who are dealing with depression appear to have a higher risk of another serious issue later in life: dementia. A new study in JAMA Neurology found that those diagnosed with depression between the ages of 18 and 59 were 2.4 times more...

For Members of This Family, Destiny Is a Coin Flip
In This Family, Destiny
Is a Flip of the Coin

In This Family, Destiny Is a Flip of the Coin

All have a 50-50 chance of early dementia diagnosis, as do their children

(Newser) - It was Barb, the youngest in a Pittsburgh family of nine, who first suspected something had gone genetically haywire in her family. As Robert Kolker explains in a New York Times Magazine story, she watched as her mother seemed to unravel mentally at a relatively early age, then sisters Christy...

Treating Hearing Loss Could 'Delay a Dementia Diagnosis'

Research offers hope for those at risk of cognitive decline

(Newser) - People at risk of cognitive decline could cut their risk in half by getting hearing aids. That's according to a new study that has experts questioning whether governments should prioritize hearing health as a means to reducing dementia risk, per CNN . Previous research has shown hearing loss is a...

Jack Hanna's Wife: He Is 'Still in There Somewhere'
Jack Hanna's Wife: He Is
'Still in There Somewhere'
in case you missed it

Jack Hanna's Wife: He Is 'Still in There Somewhere'

Family of renowned wildlife expert speaks about his full-blown Alzheimer's

(Newser) - The symptoms began surfacing around 2017—renowned wildlife expert Jack Hanna would occasionally forget what city he was in on one of his many public outings. He'd lose the thread of conservations, need things repeated, etc. "No way," Hanna said upon being diagnosed with Alzheimer's in...

Rosalynn Carter Is Suffering From Dementia

Former first lady has been a mental health advocate for much of her life

(Newser) - The wife of former President Jimmy Carter is suffering from dementia, the Carter Center shared in a Tuesday statement . "She continues to live happily at home with her husband, enjoying spring in Plains [Georgia] and visits with loved ones," reads the statement, which notes the 95-year-old has been...

Woman, 95, Tasered by Cops Dies
Woman, 95,
Tasered by Cops Dies

Woman, 95, Tasered by Cops Dies

Clare Nowland had dementia, was wandering around her nursing home with steak knife

(Newser) - The 95-year-old woman with dementia who was tasered by police at an Australian nursing home has died "surrounded by family and loved ones," reports the BBC , and the officer who tasered her is now facing assault charges. Clare Nowland was walking with a walker on May 17 "...

Researchers Find Less Dementia Among Regular Internet Users

More study is needed, experts say

(Newser) - A new study suggests a mental health benefit of internet use for older people. The research, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society , which followed 18,154 adults ages 50 to 65 over eight years, found that those who regularly spent time online were less likely to develop...

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