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July 19, 2017
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Speech patterns, hearing loss may increase dementia risk
At the Alzheimer's Association International Conference® 2017 (AAIC®) taking place in London this week, more than 5,600 of world’s leading researchers, investigators, clinicians and the care research community from 68 countries gathered to share the latest study results, theories and discoveries. New research presented at AAIC 2017 suggested that more pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease. Another study from the conference hinted that hearing loss may be another clue to possible mental decline.

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Diet may play a role in maintaining brain health
New research presented at AAIC 2017 found that healthy older adults who followed the Mediterranean or the similar MIND diet lowered their risk of dementia by a third. The idea that a healthy diet can help protect against cognitive decline isn’t new, said Keith Fargo, Alzheimer's Association director of scientific programs and outreach, but he added, “The size and length of these studies demonstrate how powerful good dietary practices may be in maintaining brain health and function."
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Alzheimer’s Association announces new study to test impact of lifestyle on preventing cognitive decline
At AAIC 2017, the Alzheimer’s Association announced the launch of the U.S. study to PrOtect through a lifestyle INTErvention to Reduce risk (US POINTER), a $20 million, two-year clinical trial to test the ability of a multidimensional lifestyle intervention to prevent cognitive decline and dementia. The study will include physical exercise, nutritional counseling and modification, cognitive and social stimulation, and improved self-management of medical conditions. Recruiting for the study will begin in 2018.
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