Women make up the majority of the 50 million dementia cases worldwide, and researchers are doubling down to investigate the gender-specific elements of the disease. Womens’ longer lifespans are a factor, but research shows that a slew of other female-specific risk factors…

Alzheimer’s slow onset makes the devastating disease hard to track until it’s too late—but a spate of studies suggest diabetes and high blood sugar levels hint at a source.

In a special issue edited by Carol Brayne of the University of Cambridge and Bruce L. Miller of the University of California, San Francisco, open-access journal PLOS Medicine investigates dementia and its effects on people across the lifespan and around the globe.  

Deaths from dementia and Alzheimer’s have more than doubled since 2000, pushing the diseases up the WHO’s rank of the 10 top causes of death. While advancements in drugs have pushed HIV/AIDS down the list, pharmaceutical companies are failing to produce treatments to slow…

Our noses and eyes may reveal early signs of the most common type of dementia afflicting over 5 million Americans, according to research presented this week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2016. 4 new studies represent "a positive step forward to…

Along with the emotional toll, caring for a loved one with dementia can lead to financial hardship as well. That’s partly because caregivers must also reduce their hours, or leave their job altogether, according to a report published today by the Alzheimer's Association.…

Former US first lady Nancy Reagan, who died at age 94 yesterday from congestive heart failure, leaves a legacy that extends past her well-known devotion to her husband, former President Ronald Reagan.

Clinical psychologist Dasha Kiper offers a moving narrative in The American Scholar about her job as a caregiver to a 98-year-old man suffering the ravages of dementia. She deftly weaves factual information about the disease with details of her own experience, witnessing…

Globally, 47.5 million people live with dementia, yet the condition is far less understood than cancer or cardiovascular disease, conditions that have traditionally captured significantly more research funding. Ramping up research worldwide is critical to slowing the…